If you happened to catch Walk The Moon at BottleRock Napa Valley this past weekend, you got a treat! Ever since their 2011 hit “Anna Sun”, the Cincinnati, Ohio band has been releasing one great single after another. What fun facts do we have for you about this alternative rock quartet? Read on and see!

 

1. Esquire named “Anna Sun” 2011’s Song of the Summer. The song is said to be about being young, and was written by lead singer Nicholas Petricca and former band member Nick Lerangis. They named the song after a college professor from Kenyon College. Although it isn’t about her, they liked her name.

 

 

2. How exactly did they come up with their name, Walk The Moon? It was actually inspired by the song “Walking on the Moon” by The Police!

 

 

3. Face painting has become a sort of tradition at many of their shows. They have said in interviews that like “Anna Sun”, it represents youth and fun times.

 

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4. Current band members are Nicholas Petricca (lead vocals, keyboards, synthesizer), Kevin Ray (bass, backing vocals, acoustic guitar), Sean Waugaman (drums, backing vocals) and Eli Maiman (guitar, backing vocals). They got to sing the national anthem on November 16 2015, at a Monday Night Football game between their hometown Cincinnati Bengals and the Houston Texans.

 

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5. Nicholas has said in interviews that “Shut Up And Dance” was inspired by 80’s songs like “Jesse’s Girl” and “Hit Me With Your Best Shot”. The band got to perform it on many TV shows, including Late Night with Seth Meyers, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Good Morning America and The Ellen DeGeneres Show.