Walk the Moon rocks Wiegand Gymnasium
So, a bit of a disclaimer here — I don’t really like Walk the Moon’s music. As in, they’re not something I would ever listen to recreationally. However, I don’t think that fact impacts my enjoyment of the concert at all for a few reasons. First of all, the music I can actually listen to recreationally, and the music I can have fun with at a concert or a party fall into two very, very different spheres. Second, there’s a lot more to a concert than the actual music — stage persona, the crowd, the venue, and more can all have a huge impact on the enjoyment of a concert. So whether I liked the concert, and I did for the most part, is more of a culmination of other factors, namely Walk the Moon’s infectious on-stage energy and their willingness to experiment, than solely a statement of how enjoyable their music is.
Walk the Moon is an indie pop rock band based in Cincinnati, Ohio with two feature length LPs already out and a third, Talking is Hard, to be released in December. Their show on Saturday in Wiegand Gymnasium, presented for free by AB Concerts as the official Fall Concert, was mainly based on tracks from their first self-titled album, from which you may remember the track “Tightrope,” which got quite a bit of radio airplay.
Without getting into review territory here, they sound exactly like you expect a band that has toured with Panic! at the Disco and Grouplove to sound. Their music consists of simplistic lyrics, poppy synths, and catchy choruses. However, this simplicity translates pretty well to a concert atmosphere. The danceable melodies went hand-in-hand with lead singer Nicholas Petricca’s enthusiastic energy, which inspired the crowd to fistbump and bounce up and down, as we’ve all seen at numerous Carnegie Mellon parties and concerts. Despite the crowd’s unwillingness, or perhaps inability, to attempt something that resembles dancing, seeing Petricca stomp and groove on stage almost made up for it. The rest of the band played their part as well, not being afraid to mix things up by adding bass lines or stripping down some of the synths. I even saw the guitarist occasionally dig deeper past the same three pop chords in his repertoire.
Of course, Wiegand Gymnasium is not really the optimal venue for anyone, but every single time a function is held there, I’m surprised at just how much AB Concerts can transform the gymnasium into something that actually looks like a place where you would hold concerts and functions. It really does have an entirely different feel, and especially when you’re focusing on the stage, you almost never get the feel that you’re actually in a gym. However, by the time I arrived the crowd didn’t fill in anywhere near the spacious area, which was a bit disappointing. Perhaps they should have released more tickets. Still though, AB Concerts did a fantastic job with the space.
Admittedly, the concert was over before it should have been. At 10:30 p.m., when the concert ended, it seemed like a lot of people were surprised, but that might be a testament to how much they enjoyed the concert. In sum, it was definitely an experience not to be missed, particularly if you are actually a fan of Walk the Moon or enjoy that genre of music in general.