Walk the Moon are four boys who have come out of college and with their 11-track self-titled album try to recreate the fun and experiences of that time.
What you get from Walk the Moon are songs that you want to dance to and chorus’ you want to sing-along to. Opening track ‘Quesadilla’ gets things going with a bouncing drum beat, infectious synths and thrasy guitar riffs that set you up nicely for what the LP will offer.
Having toured with the likes of Panic! At the Disco, Grouplove and Young the Giant the American indie pop style that these bands ooze is evident on the Walk the Moon album. A lyric like “My eyes are on the road, but my mind is on your body” from ‘Next in Line’ sums up the easy going, poppy vocals of Nicholas Petricca well.
The Cincinnati based group found success with ‘Anna Sun’ in the States, with it being described as the song for the summer by many. The ever catchy synths fuse well with the guitars and again with a danceable melody and catchy chorus you can see why the track is a success.
‘Shiver Shiver’ comes right out of the Passion Pit mould with the high pitched vocals and floating keys whereas ‘Iscariot’ builds up more like an indie ballad. Minimal instruments and vocal harmonies build the track up before a rather subdued crescendo. The less said about album closer ‘I Can Lift a Car’ the better. Although catchy chorus’ and simple lyrics are no surprise this one just goes a little too far with the “I can lift a car all by myself” line just grinding on you.
Walk the Moon are full of youthful vigour and this album demonstrates a real ability to write good indie-pop tunes that undoubtedly many will enjoy.