On their way to Austin City Limits, WALK THE MOON made a stop at Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa last week, for what turned out to be the best show I’ve attended this year (so far). And let’s keep in mind, I’ve been to some great shows/festivals this year. The energy was high from the start. I really dig the face paint that WTM fans have adopted (this practice has its roots in the “Anna Sun” video, as told by the band here). So, apart from Nicholas Petricca (lead vocals, keys), Kevin Ray (bass, vocals), Sean Waugaman (drums, vocals), and Eli Maiman (guitar, vocals), there were lots of painted faces that Thursday night in Tulsa.
Cain’s was about two thirds full, but the energy of the crowd really filled the place. There was a really great vibe going the whole night. Most of the people got there early to catch opening band, The Mowgli’s. I know this because a whole bunch of people started chanting the band’s name about 10 minutes before they came on stage. Their set was happy and fun. Just like I expected. All the members of this band (all 8 of them) just look so happy all the time. They started off with their album title track “Waiting For The Dawn.” And as soon as they started, everyone started dancing and the people up front started singing along. There were some dedicated music lovers there that night, which I loved. The Mowgli’s went through all their best songs. From my personal favorite, “Emily,” to “Hi, Hey There, Hello,” to “San Francisco” and “Say It Just Say It,” to the intense “Carry Your Will,” which featured the burning of some sage. The security guys were watching closely as this happened, but let the band go with it. I hope this band keeps touring around, and I hope that I don’t have to travel too far next time I see them. I love that they always introduce themselves by saying they believe they can change the world. They definitely set the tone for the night, as WTM would come to continue blowing our minds.
And they did.
By the time WALK THE MOON came out on stage, we were all pumped. The Cincinnati band delivered an out-of-this-world-fun show. And it all started with “Next In Line,” a song that starts slow and climaxes at the chorus, and that is where the jumping started. I took a friend with me, and she had never before listened to WTM; well, the first time was on our way to Tulsa, but before that day she didn’t know who they were. Needless to say, by the end of the show, she had become a fan. We had a mini-concert during the 2-hour drive back to Arkansas.
The set included lots of favorites from the self-released album I Want I Want and from the self-titled Walk The Moon. Some of those favorites were “Quesadilla,” “Tightrope,” and “Shiver Shiver,” as well as a couple of new songs. One of the new songs may or may not be called “Do You Have A Boyfriend?” and another one that may or may not be called “Down In The Dumps.” That last one was so catchy! I got you a whole 32 seconds worth of it right here for you:
The set also included two of the songs that were released in the Tightrope EP earlier this year. The songs from the EP and the new songs have a very 80’s electronic feel to them. There aren’t any official announcements yet, but it’s evident that their third album will be an exciting one. Front-man Nicholas said the band spent the summer writing new songs, so we could expect it 2014.
The highlight of the show, at least for me, was definitely “Anna Sun.” I think there wasn’t one person standing still inside the venue. It was amazing. Paint melting off faces, jumping, hands in the air, smiles, and singing along. Great vibes overflowing, yo!
This show was so awesome that it made me wish WALK THE MOON would release a live album. Not every band out there has what it takes to pull off a live album, but these guys do. I want it. Can we start a petition somewhere, please? As I told you before, this show was one for the books. Next time, I’m painting my face.
SETLIST: Next In Line, Quesadilla, Lisa Baby, Down In The Dumps (new song), Tightrope, Anywayican, Tete-A-Tete, Do You Have a Boyfriend? (new song), Shiver Shiver, Me & All My Friends, Iscariot, Fixin’, I Can Lift A Car, Anna Sun ENCORE: Jenny
Photo post to come. Stay tuned.