The last time, and my first time, seeing Walk the Moon perform was at last year's 102.1 KDGE How the Edge Stole Christmas at the Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie. At that time, they really weren't receiving much radio play, so I had no real knowledge of the band. To make my first impression a little more skewed, they decided to play an acoustic set with two acoustic guitars and and a pizza box. You read that right, drummer Sean Waugaman played all percussion on an empty pizza box. To be totally honest, I left the photo pit of that performance unamused and payed little attention to the rest of their set. Fast forward six months and my visit to the South Side Ballroom painted a different picture of the band and left me with a very different impression than my first experience.
Opening for Walk the Moon were Aussies, the Griswolds. Carved out of a similar mold as Walk the Moon, the Griswolds are heavily influenced from synth-driven pop and dance. The band was very enthusiastic, performing for a very large crowd, the largest of the tour so far. Their sound is super fun and provided an excellent warmup for the headliners. When Walk the Moon took the stage, the decibel level of of high-pitched shrills of excitement was pushed to 11; the girl to guy ratio was absurdly disproportionate. Nicholas Petricca provides most of the excitement on stage, as any good frontman would, playing to the crowd and providing most of the banter for the night. The band played a bulk of their latest release, Talking Is Hard, culminating with an explosive performance of "Shut Up and Dance" to close their initial set. The band closed the show with a cover of the Killers' "All These Things That I've Done" and their first hit, "Anna Sun". Overall, I thought it was a fun show and my perception of their live performance was change drastically, for the good, of course. Photos of the show are below:
Walk the Moon / the Griswolds @ South Side Ballroom, Dallas, TX Reviewed by Scott Rowe, Editor on 1:00:00 PM Rating: