Review + Photos: Walk The Moon at House of Blues – 9/9/13

With a new album on the horizon, Cincinnati pop-rockers Walk the Moon came into Cleveland trying to prove they are ready to take the next step.

A very successful 2013 has seen the group cross oceans, play large festivals, and support some of the industry’s biggest names.

Now, with a focus on the future, the band has their hand on the stick shift and the pedal to the floor.

On Monday night, fans wrapped down Euclid Ave. and East 4th ready to support their home-state heroes and by 9:00pm, the energy inside the House of Blues was enough to supply Walk the Moon’s brand new light display.

Opening with “Next in Line,” Walk the Moon would continue deliver a high-powered set for over 90-minutes, moving between tracks from the self-titled major label debut, the earlier I Want! I Want! album, the Tightrope EP, and some new tracks.

Even though most of the crowd was under the legal drinking age, WTM showcased their deeper musical tastes with a rousing cover of “This Must Be The Place” by Talking Heads. But covers of the David Byrne fronted New Wave band is nothing out of the ordinary for Walk the Moon. This past June, the group played a short all-Talking Heads set at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee.

Walk the Moon’s stage presence and fan interaction is some of the best, making them arguably one of the top live club bands of the year. From the face-painted fans to guitarist Eli Maiman’s absolutely electric style and skill, the fun and enjoyment is as contagious as it can get.

Still the band stays grounded and humble. Singer Nicholas Petricca even sported the Ohio Love t-shirt from CLE Clothing Co. – located just a few hundred feet from HOB’s front door. The band also carries a red sweatshirt with the band’s name encased within a white silhouette of the Buckeye state.

Walk the Moon has made me a fan over the past two years – a big fan, and I can only imagine I am not the only one. I hope they can continue to do what appears to be natural for them – have tons of fun, make great music, and put on one hell of a show.

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About Carl Harp // Staff Writer

I am a Webmaster/Photographer/Blogger for CBS Radio in Cleveland. Check out my concert photos and read my blogs!

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