Walk The Moon
added: 12 Jul 2012
interviewed by: Rahsian Parris
They've been around since 2008 as one of Ohio's best indie-rockers and in that time they've produced the highly acclaimed indie hit 'Anna Sun', and now they're back. Having just hooked up with a major label, the Walk The Moon boys are ready to take on the charts with their first full length, post-independent offering, the self titled album 'Walk The Moon'.
With a European tour just wrapped, a string of US dates impending, and a hot spot on MTV's Unplugged, it's about time the world was re-introduced to Nicholas, Kevin, Sean, and Eli, AKA Walk The Moon; they're cool, they're funny, and they're a little bit out of this world.
Music News: You've got a 'debut' label album coming out soon, how's that going?
Walk The Moon: It's already out digitally, but it'll be out physically in the fall. It was an interesting project for us, because we came to the label with an album that we had already done ourselves, so we took some of what we had and some new stuff, and took it all into the studio with the main purpose of doing what we do live and putting that on a record - we wanted to capture as much of the live energy as possible.
MN: So you consider yourselves more of a performance band? What are you like on stage?
WTM: It's like a war, we're shooting at stuff everywhere [laughter]. No really, we just like to make rock music. We let ourselves go, there's no limits, [mockingly] we let the music move us. Our live performances are based on audience and band interaction, so both with each other, and band on band action, band on audience action, audience on audience action, girl on girl action [laughter]. We like audience participation like clapping and sing-a-longs, so that tends to be the characteristics of our live performances.
MN: How do you find performing in the UK?
WTM: We were here for a week last May and the UK crowds are really cool. We've had a lot of good feedback, but it can also be mixed, but then there are cities in America as well where people can be a lot more tentative and just listen as oppose to going nuts, but it's cool, we'll train them.
MN: Do you listen to a lot of British music?
WTM: We really love Morning Parade who played some dates with us in America. They've got a song out at the moment called 'Headlights', and they're just a really great band, nice people, and they're great live. We're also fans of Wolfgang who are pretty cool, and Ellie Goulding, we like her. There's been a lot of time spent listening to The XX record as well...a lot of time spent in a dark room with The XX record [laughter].
WTM: The amazing thing about Britain is the rock and roll heritage, bands like Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, The Who, Queen, they're all greats and they're British, and there's such an amazing history of rock and roll here, that's really the British influence that we're trying to take on in the band - the heavy hitters of rock and roll that we all listen to seem to be the British ones. Wait! You guys have all the awesome bands, The Police, Radiohead...One Direction [laughter].
MN: We've been checking out your Twitter and it says that you love denim jackets, how important is your style as a band?
WTM: Just like the music, I think our style influence comes from the same sort of generation of rock. There's a lot of late 80s and 90s stuff that we really grab on to, from people like David Bowie to Prince, to the Talking Heads, and everything that they were into, the fashion from that sort of era really inspires us. That kind of fashion was also really important to that kind of music, so we're aware of that, and it's important to us that our music and our image aren't too separate - we tend to find that colourful clothes, and slightly vintage fashion works with our music. You want to look how you sound and represent your sound, so that's what we try to do.
MN: Your tune 'Anna Sun' was obviously huge, is that kind of success something you want to reproduce or are you just going with the flow?
WTM: A big mistake to make would be trying to recreate something that we've already done ourselves, as long as we continue to be ourselves, that voice will come through - whether it sounds like 'Anna Sun' or not, I think we're capable of producing something that's just as successful, or even more, just because we are who we are.
MN: What are you up to for the rest of 2012?
WTM: Our record's out in the states now and we're looking forward to putting it out in the rest of the world; it just came out in Singapore, which is really exciting, whoo hoo! But we're going to do some festivals in the states and a tour with Neon Trees, who just put out a great record. After that we're coming back to Europe and touring with Fun. in 16 or 17 countries in a month and a half, and we're really looking forward to that. We want to just put our record out and try and see as many people as we can and play as much music for them as we can.
MN: How do you keep your energy and fitness levels up whilst you're touring?
WTM: [Laughter] Lots of early morning runs, red bull, cocaine, no we're kidding, that's one thing we definitely didn't learn from the 70s. The thing about the record being released now is that we have absolutely no time, so even if we wanted to go for a jog in the morning there's no time for that. So, we just pile in as much food as we can in the morning, do loads of interviews, and then maybe gets some exercise when we're on stage.
WTM: The good thing is that we have a lot of pent-up energy that comes out when we're on stage. We actually drive our own van, it's not a tour bus, so there's all this Walk The Moon energy that builds up and you're like 'Argh!' And you can't sleep in the van so you're tapping your knee, getting restless thinking 'Okay, only seven more hours until we get to Paris', so when we get on stage it all comes out, but hopefully that makes for a great show.
'Walk The Moon' the album is out now!
For more info check out www.walkthemoonband.com
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