Wander the Moon, the Ohio-dependent band behind pop-rock hits “Shut Up and Dance” and “Anna Sunshine,” introduced an indefinite hiatus.
“The time has arrive for us to get a good lengthy split from touring and making data alongside one another,” frontman Nicholas Petricca claimed in an emotional video clip posted to the band’s YouTube web page. “When we do reconvene, that will be a superb day. And the truth of the matter is, we never know when which is gonna be.”
Reflecting on the number of shows the band has performed collectively — and miles they’ve traveled — Petricca stated Stroll the Moon is “filled with like, gratitude, appreciation, and some heartache” as they announce a “hibernation.”
“It is an great act of really like to thoroughly carry something like this from the middle of our life and location it carefully to the aspect, out of concentrate, and enable it relaxation for a moment,” Petricca reported. “It’s a preference we manufactured powerfully to observe our truth, to make area for new creations, for household, to provide our very well-becoming and, in the extensive run, even provide the very well-becoming of our community… to hopefully come again a single working day more robust than ahead of.”
It’s not just the close of a chapter, as Petricca announced some new developments as nicely, which includes a livestream of the final date of their tour and some new audio on the way. The band currently has 3 remaining tour dates, the past being a show in Arcadia, Wis., on Aug. 12. Stroll the Moon guitarist Eli Maiman also has “a new musical collaboration in the operates,” and Petricca is “creating a solo project universe.”
Petricca started out the band in 2006 as a scholar at Kenyon Faculty, but the present lineup fashioned about 2011, with Eli Maiman on direct guitar and Sean Waugaman on the drums. (Longtime bassist Kevin Ray departed Stroll the Moon in December 2020 after Petricca introduced on Instagram that Ray had “acted out of alignment with our values.”)
With their 2012 self-titled studio debut, featuring the collegiate indie anthem “Anna Sun” and “Tightrope,” Walk the Moon turned a competition mainstay and a significant participant in the 2010s alt-rock scene. The band was recognized for putting on colorful experience paint onstage, sparking its restricted-knit community of admirers to stick to match. “Shut Up and Dance,” from their 2014 album “Talking Is Challenging,” catapulted the band to worldwide results and landed them a Top 10 Billboard strike that remained on the charts for more than a yr. With practically 1.4 billion performs on Spotify, “Shut Up and Dance” turned one particular of the most-streamed songs of the decade. In 2016, the group released a dwell album, “You Are Not By yourself,” recorded from their show at Los Angeles’ Greek Theater.
Walk the Moon returned in 2017 with “What if Absolutely nothing,” showcasing the digital pop solitary “One Foot,” and released their fourth studio album, “Heights,” in 2021. In 2022, Petricca, Maiman and Waugaman embarked on a constrained U.S. tour celebrating the 10th anniversary of “Walk the Moon.”
In the video clip saying the band’s hiatus, Petricca individually thanked bandmates Maiman (“for remaining the most overqualified guitarist possible”) and Waugaman (“for standing out amongst all the drummers I have ever played with”), as effectively as himself.
“In 2009, when all the other associates experienced remaining, I was a band of a single when my dad was receiving ill, and I was at the bottom of the darkest corner of my lifestyle,” Petricca reported, combating back tears. “I could have just allow Wander the Moon die and disappear. In its place, I built the preference to maintain likely. From that place ahead, Walk the Moon has been the greatest reward to me, this vehicle as a result of which my agony and joy and reminiscences and encounters have been transmitted to tens of millions of other human beings in this magical way.”
Wrapping up the video clip, Petricca said, “With all the enjoy in our multicolor hearts, thank you for whatsoever you’ve done to make this tunes what it is… We appreciate you. See you quickly.”
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