Interview: Walk The Moon
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With their self-titled album Indie rock outfit Walk The Moon have loudly announced their arrival into the American consciousness. TNS sits down with guitarist Eli Maiman ahead of the album's UK release to see what’s getting the US excited. To many in the UK, Walk The Moon are an unfamiliar entity, but with a sound tinged with a distinctly British influence it is easy to warm to them. Their synthesized indie rock will undoubtedly draw comparison to the likes of Franz Ferdinand and Two Door Cinema Club, and Maiman is more than happy for that to be the case. When asked about the band's British sound, Maiman said: "The British vibe mostly came from our influences. We’re certainly into The Killers who, while aren’t British, draw a lot from the British heritage. We’re also really into David Bowie and a lot of Britpop so we draw some of our sound from there.’" The Walk The Moon sound is certainly one that has been developed and refined, as a listen to their debut I want! I want! will reveal. The band have become more energetic and their songs more infectious. While these elements were there in the band's debut, they hadn’t been fully realised and capitalised on until their self titled follow-up. Maiman described the bands progression as "us getting tighter, both as people and as a musical unit", with the two years of experience and exposure setting the band off on a trajectory that is likely to lead to the very top of the genre. Elaborating on this Maiman stated: "I think the band has got better and more dynamic live over the past few years, and I think we really got that across on the new record." It is clear that Walk The Moon are at their best when they have an audience in front of them and they excel on putting on a show that can delight existing fans whilst creating new ones with their compelling, inclusive live performances that very much involve the audience. Maiman elaborated on the band's live performances, stating: "What I find special about Walk the Moon shows is that there's a real emphasis placed on community.
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