A VIBRANT RETURN
On January 14th, WALK THE MOON celebrated the third date of their latest tour at the House of Blues in Boston, Massachusetts. Fans waited outside for hours on a frigid Sunday evening for the show. Returning to the New England city after a two years hiatus, the indie-pop band thrilled the sold-out crowd with a mix of songs from their previous albums.
Who is WALK THE MOON?
WALK THE MOON proudly hails from Columbus, Ohio. They consist of Nicholas (Nick) Petricca (lead vocals, synthesizer, keyboard), Kevin Ray (bass, backing vocals), Eli Maiman (guitar, backing vocals) and Sean Waugaman (drums, and backing vocals). For the current tour, they are joined by instrumentalist Lucky West of The Griswolds who opened for WALK THE MOON on their 2015 tour supporting sophomore album Talking is Hard.
The best way to describe a WALK THE MOON concert is colorful. The Boston show featured the Billboard-Music-Award-winning band’s ‘Press Restart’ tour, which offered fans a blur of rainbow lights, metallic capri leggings, and a fan-adored tradition—face paint.
From the opening song, ‘Press Restart’, off their newest album What If Nothing, to the closer, number one hit ‘Anna Sun’, the crowd was dancing and singing like it was a Friday night. The band brought their famous infectious energy to the stage, treating every song off the nineteen-track setlist like it was their absolute favorite to perform.
WALK THE MOON mixed in more emotional songs like ‘Aquaman’ with certified-platinum hits such as ‘Shut Up and Dance’. This created a balance of sway-worthy and dance-like-no-one-is-watching tracks. Whether pausing to allow the crowd to fill in on a popular chorus or asking who has seen the band before, they always make both old fans and new listeners feel like family.
The new album What If Nothing was released November 10th, 2017 following a long hiatus. It departs from the more indie pop-oriented sound of the band’s first two albums and earlier EPs. Instead, it features a heavier rock and electronic influence. Despite this, WALK THE MOON did a good job of performing a cohesive show to please their cheering fans. Overall, the Boston show was an enjoyable, warm and inviting evening on a frigid, winter night.
Photos by Lauren Fuchs.