walking to the moonThe Ohio-based band behind the pop-rock hits “Shut Up and Dance” and “Anna Sun” has announced that it is taking an indefinite hiatus.
“It’s time to take a long break from touring and recording together,” lead singer Nicholas Petricca said in an emotional video posted on the band’s YouTube page. “When we object, it will be a great day. And the truth is, we don’t know when that will happen.”
Evaluating the number of shows the band has played together and the thousands of shows they’ve traveled to, Petricca said Walk the Moon was “filled with love, gratitude, appreciation and a little bit of heartache” while declaring a “hibernation.”
“It is a tremendous act of love to carefully remove such a thing from the center of our lives and gently put it aside, out of focus, and let it rest for a moment,” Petricca said. “It is a choice we make powerfully to follow our truth, to make room for new creations, to family, to serve our well-being and even to serve the well-being of our community in the long run… stronger than the day before.”
This isn’t just the end of an episode, as Petricca also announced some new developments, including a live stream of their tour’s deadline, and some new music on the way. There are currently three left in the group. tour datesthe last one is a show on August 12 in Arcadia, Wis. Walk the Moon guitarist Eli Maiman also has “a new musical collaboration in the works” and Petricca “creates a universe of solo projects.”
Petricca formed the band as a student at Kenyon College in 2006, but the current lineup formed around 2011 with Eli Maiman on lead guitar and Sean Waugaman on drums. (Long-time bassist Kevin Ray left Walk the Moon in December 2020 after Petricca announced on Instagram that Ray was “acting inconsistently with our values”.)
With their self-titled studio debut in 2012 featuring the college indie anthem “Anna Sun” and “Tightrope”, Walk the Moon became a mainstay festival and a major player in the 2010s alt-rock scene. The group was known for wearing colorful face paint on stage and encouraged their close-knit fan community to do the same. “Shut Up and Dance” from their 2014 album “Talking Is Hard” catapulted the band to international success, placing them among the Billboard Top 10 hits that have remained on the charts for over a year. “Shut Up and Dance” became one of the most streamed songs of the decade, with nearly 1.4 billion plays on Spotify. In 2016, the band released a live album called “You Are Not Alone,” recorded from their performance at the Los Angeles Greek Theatre.
Walk the Moon returned with “What if Nothing” featuring the electronic pop single “One Foot” in 2017, and released their fourth studio album “Heights” in 2021. In 2022, Petricca, Maiman and Waugaman embarked on a limited US cruise. Tour celebrating the 10th anniversary of “Walk the Moon”.
In the video announcing the band’s hiatus, Petricca thanked her bandmates Maiman (“for being the most qualified guitarist possible”) and Waugaman (“for standing out among all the drummers I’ve ever played with”) and herself.
“In 2009, when all the other members left, when my father fell ill, I was a one-man band and I was at the bottom of the darkest corner of my life,” Petricca said, fighting back tears. “I could have let Walk the Moon die and disappear. Instead, I made the choice to continue. From that moment on, Walk the Moon has been the greatest gift for me, through this tool I have transferred my pain and joy, memories and experiences to millions of other people in this magical way.”
Concluding the video, Petricca said, “With all the love in our colorful hearts, thank you for everything you do to make this music the way it is… We love you. See you soon.”
Watch the entire video below.