Interview with Walk The Moon
It’s a tricky line to tread between making music that’s fun and making music that’s mindless. You also don’t want to make the same mistake as “Fun.” and have a band name that promises more than your music can deliver. Luckily, a band that, in my opinion at least, manages to avoid both these pit falls is Cincinnati based Walk The Moon. What’s more, as guitarist and vocalist Eli Maiman told me, they take pride in being able to do so:-
EM: I think it’s a great compliment. I think music should be fun. But I think we get pegged as a fun, party band a lot and maybe as our career goes on, with the second and hopefully the third album I think you’re going to end up seeing a little more depth from us. That just ended up being the foot that we put forward on the first record. But it is nice to receive compliments like “You guys make me feel so happy. Whenever I’m down you guys lift me up”. I think it’s a great privilege to be able to do that for people.
Circulation: So that might change on the second record?
EM: I don’t think the whole second record is going to be ballads, but I do think we’re going to explore some heavier issues. The first album came together at a time when we were graduating from university and we were making the transition from being in college to being a real functioning human adult. A lot of the music was written when we were just drinking everything we could get our hands on, and I think the music was a product of that environment. Now we’re a little bit older and we’re all in our mid to late twenties I think the next album will be more mature.
Circulation: You’ve had the most success with your single “Anna Sun”, what was the inspiration behind that?
EM: Anna Sun was one of our lead singer Nicholas’ professors at university. When we first wrote the song we sent her a copy of the lyrics, and she felt that some of them were too suggestive. Mainly the one about having a shoulder in your mouth. She actually asked us to consider changing them, which we did, and then decided not to. But she has since been to shows and we definitely have her blessing.
Circulation: You’ve supported Fun. and you’re currently supporting P!nk, is this a calculated move to get you in front of as many fans as possible?
EM: It’s obviously a huge opportunity for us to be in front of 16,000 people every night. It’s not your typical experience for an indie band such as ourselves, but the reaction so far has been really positive. It’s really fun playing arenas, but I do sometimes miss the intimacy of a small, sweaty venue. I think a lot of our music, because its so dance orientated is geared towards that type of environment where the band is almost part of the audience. Everyone’s sweating on each other and you can hear the crowd singing along. I definitely look forward to doing more of those shows in the future.
Circulation: What are you guys like on tour? Is it cocaine off a prostitute’s back, or back to the bus for a game of scrabble?
EM: It’s definitely cocaine off a prostitute’s back. [Laughs] Our drummer’s just walked in and he’s wondering what the hell I’m telling you. Honestly, it’s both those things. We’re very bipolar. When we go out it’s forget what happened kind of nights, but when we don’t go out it’s being very quiet back at our room with our macbooks.
Circulation: The big thing for UK bands is the notion of “breaking America.” How important is it for you guys to break Europe?
EM: It’s huge for us. We don’t want to be a bottlerocket, we want to be a diesel engine. We’re all lifers in terms of our commitment to music. Everything we do is really geared towards doing this for a long time and part of that is making waves in the UK and Germany and Japan and Australia. It’s kind of like playing Risk. You want to march your armies into one place and take over, but you can’t forget about this other territory that you’re trying to hold on to. It’s a lot more strategy than you really think it is, but we’re doing our best.