Walk The Moon
WALK THE MOON
Amazing unsigned bands are dime a dozen in NYC -- but I have to believe one of the greatest I've ever seen live is Walk The Moon."
"(Anna Sun) Our official song of the summer, because these Cincinnati-based upstarts will leave you with this takeaway: Keytar is the new cowbell...this might just be the catchiest, most synthed-out and perfectly constructed pop track around right now."
"With so much scouting done online these days, it's rare to see a live industry freakout happen over a new band. But when this poppy, art-rock quartet opened for Panic! at the Disco earlier this year in New York City, potential managers and booking agents jockeyed to meet them. And while they remain unsigned to a record deal, appearances at Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza are on tap this year, plus dates supporting Weezer and Grouplove."
"While "Anna Sun" is undoubtedly i want! i want!'s stand out, Walk the Moon doesn't feel destined to be another indie rock one-hit-wonder ... Elsewhere the album chugs along to Franz Ferdinand-esque rhythm shifts in "Lisa Baby," drum rolls fill the loneliness behind a 17-year-old's lamentations in the title track and a sexually-charged bass drives the longing of "J-J-J-Jenny" in the hip-shaking 'Jenny.'"
"It's hard not to be hooked on Walk the Moon immediately. After all, with their swirly pop beats, infectious guitar riffs, and loud, sing-a-long choruses, this Cincinnati foursome is pure unadulterated fun. Their first single, "Anna Sun," has the same high energy sound of groups like The Killers and OK Go- needless to say, it's one of those songs that you just have to pass along to all your friends.
"Post-millennial pop purists Neon Gold turned Radar onto a right treat for fans of bold, broadly beaming FM pop rock, Walk The Moon. They come on strong with air strike choruses that burst with a sense of: 'Yeah, we know about your cool avant garde indie music. But that's not for us, thankyouverymuch."
"Walk The Moon flew in from Ohio and hit the stage with so much energy that the crowd immediately pushed forward and started dancing. It's refreshing to see a band that's having as much, or more, fun than the people there to see them. They took us back to the days of basement dance parties on hot summer nights, where everyone's just happy to be alive and among friends. We became instant fans by the end of their set and can't recommend them enough."
"The cool-down factor of the shaded Cafe Where (Bonnaroo) was totally negated as it became a party packed with Walk the Moon fans...To introduce what would be the first encore I witnessed at the festival, they said, "This song is appropriately titled 'Me and All My Friends.'" It was indeed apt, as a group of friends is exactly what this band feels like on stage."
-Ben Kaye, Consequenceofsound.net
For Scattered Trees, Sympathy is a labor of love that almost didn't happen. The band grew up together in the outskirts of Chicago, playing music together in various groups over the years. They became a family in more ways than one, with some of the members sharing last names -albeit for different reasons. Scattered Trees became a staple of Chicago clubs, but as time passed, the band's members were drawn to various parts of the country. Scattered Trees as a band looked all but over. And then, tragedy struck. Lead singer Nate Eiesland's father passed away, and while mourning, Nate picked up his guitar again and started penning a record dedicated to his memory. Those songs became Sympathy.
The album is a focused, deeply personal collection of songs that finds Scattered Trees experimenting with lush multi-part harmonies, constructing dynamic builds, and exploring the intricacies of love and loss. Opening with "Bury the Floors," Nate sings "It's the house that I built you to fall / We started to walk then we stood up to crawl / So bury the floors and burn down the walls / to find ourselves by morning." Driving rock epics like "Four Days Straight" rub shoulders with melancholic elegies like "Where You Came From." The album's title track starts with a stripped-down plaintive mandolin, ultimately fading into a slow-burning orchestral groove. Melting into "Five Minutes," Scattered Trees continues the build until the track bursts forth. The band rounds out the record with the mournful acoustic closer "On Your Side," a fitting tribute for a deeply heartfelt and therapeutic album.
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