Thursday 28 February 2013

Walk The Moon // Live Review, Leeds Cockpit

We caught up with Walk The Moon, (the fun facepaint loving foursome), before their sold out Leeds show to interview them ahead of the gig. And after hanging out with them we knew we were in for a treat at the show.

 With a new EP, “Tightrope”, out on March 11th and an announcement that they’re back in the UK to support none other that PINK in April, we couldn’t wait for their live set. Want to know what we thought? Click below…
Walk The Moon on stage at Leeds Cockpit

Guitarist Eli Maiman
Fresh off their support slot with FUN, Cincinnati’s Walk The Moon are back in the UK on a headline run. Things have gotten off to a phenomenal start, with every tour date selling out so far, and tonight is no different. From the opening riff of the effortlessly catchy pop “Quesadilla” there is a real buzz around the band. The face-painted audience surrounding the front of the stage bounce to hits such as “Shiver Shiver”, with its laid back verses and electric chorus, taken from the band’s self titled album. The set is perfectly balanced; the more mellow tunes such as “Drunk In The Woods” set flawlessly against up-beat crowd favourites such as current single, the infectious “Tightrope”. “This whole song is about shaking your ass”, laughs lead singer Nicholas Petricca before bursting into “Me & All My Friends”. And with a little spurring on by Nicholas, the crowd are fully warmed up and are joining in on the dancing and Walk The Moon revelry.  It is refreshing to see a fun band, who don’t take themselves too seriously, having fun on stage. However, don’t be tricked into thinking their musicianship is anything but serious; they easily hold the entire crowd’s attention and their intricacies come to the forefront during the live show. There is no better example than the enchanting “Iscariot”; slower and poetically melodic, it is the perfect interlude in the set. The song’s building grandeur proves that slower tracks are equally as captivating as up-beat ones.  

Walk The Moon's lead singer Nicholas Petricca on stage in Leeds
Even if you didn’t aim to get involved this evening, you inevitably couldn’t resist. And a good thing too, because make no mistake Walk The Moon’s distorted guitars and incredibly catchy melodies ensure they play pure dance floor anthems.

Walk The Moon play a sold out show in Leeds
A neat dance-pop fusion trio ends the evening. Firstly, “Jenny” with its synth-based rock rythmns and an impressive drum solo by Sean Waugaman, followed by the contagious “I Can Lift A Car”. And finally the soaring “Anna Sun” perfectly completes the evening. 
This obvious crowd favourite gives fans here at The Cockpit one last opportunity to do as Walk The Moon do, and dance the night away. With no encore, Walk the Moon definitely left everyone at The Cockpit wanting more. 

If you’re heading to see PINK on tour, well get down early and be sure to catch Walk The Moon’s thrilling live show because they’re a band even better live than on record and you’ll be in for a treat. And if you aren’t able to catch them on the support slot, well stay tuned because the boys will be back on UK shores soon.

"Walk The Moon" the album

COMING SOON - Stay tuned to Est.1987 to watch an interview with Walk The Moon as they tell us all about touring, the new EP, circus tricks and dance routines.

Walk The Moon the self-titled album is out now

"Tightrope" the new EP is out 11th March