Live at the Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles, US, October 18th, 2013
shhaarky, on december 23, 2013 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Sound: The sound quality was great, and all the instruments (guitar, keyboard, bass, drums, and even a keytar) all blended very well. Walk The Moon's bright dance riffs and punchy choruses rippled through the Palladium. The microphones seemed to have been set to a higher-pitched setting, but was barely noticeable, and lead singer Petricca's voice boomed. His ability to go from falsetto to the low rock n roll voice of Jenny is quite impressive. The gigantic speakers hung above the floor didn't fail to blast Walk The Moon's catchy tunes. // 9
Perfomance: The crowd was sweating the second WTM hit the stage, that's how much energy was put into the fist-pumping, jumping, dance circles. The whole show felt like a dance party. The group opened with "Next in Line."
1. "Next in Line" - my personal favorite song, starts slow and goes into a strong chorus and instrumental. It was definitely a crowd favorite.
2. "Quesadilla" - a fast, catchy anthem that had everyone singing along.
3. "Lisa Baby" - the hard, edgy, head-banger of the album that got the audience rallied up.
4. "Bring Me Back" - a new song! It was so catchy the whole crowd was practically singing along by the end.
5. "Tightrope" - fast-paced, classic Walk the Moon.
6. "Anywayican" - slowed the pace down a bit with this catchy tune/
7. "Tete-a-Tete" - WTM killed it with this energetic, hard-rock song from their recent EP.
8. "Boyfriend" - another new song that had everyone interested.
9. "Shiver Shiver" - going back to a classic on their album, excitement filled the room
10. "Me and All My Friends" - an oldie singalong that allowed the crowd to participate in the song. Definitely a highlight of the night.
11. "Iscariot": when the mellow synth intro of "Iscariot" sounded and Petricca's voice echoed throughout the Palladium, hundreds of phones shot into the air to record it. The almost-eight-minute-long ballad was beautiful and had the crowd crying out the lyrics: "you know you had it coming my friend, my friend, you know you had it coming my brother, my brother." Bassist Kevin Ray played percussion while the whole band sang with the audience. This was truly a spectacular moment.
12. "Fixin'": the oddball of the album had people jumping and singing the catchy chorus
13. "I Can Lift a Car": Petricca sang his masterpiece about getting over a break-up as the crowd literally lifted him up. You could tell the song meant a lot to him by his emotional expression and passionate tone.
14. "Anna Sun": what we've all been waiting for! The indie-rock symphony titled "Song of the Summer" two years in a row made the building shake. Dance circles, crowd surfers, and one hell of a synth riff ruled the Palladium as their last official song.
15. "Jenny": but wait! There's more! Of course WTM would never forget the catchy, racy love song about the girl with a body like an hourglass. Petricca whipped out his keytar and ran around the stage, giving the audience the last of his energy.
The stand-out moments of the show were definitely during "Shiver Shiver" when fake snow fell from the ceiling, "Iscariot" when the band and crowd connected through the heavy ballad, and "Anna Sun" where... well, like I said before: the building shook. // 10
Overall Impression: The show took place at the Hollywood Palladium, in Los Angeles, United States on October 18th, 2013. Smallpools and The Mowgli's opened up.
I loved the energy, the music, and the venue. I hated absolutely nothing. Maybe that they should have played for another four hours, but c'mon, let's keep our expectations realistic. Tickets were reasonably priced, at about forty bucks or something. I would have paid a thousand bucks for a ticket. Mosh pits during "Anna Sun" and several girls passed out were definitely memorable. Absolutely I'll be back. // 10