Walk The Moon
Though "Walking On The Moon," a single from The Police's sophomore album "Reggatta de Blanc," went to #1 on The U.K. chart it failed to register on the U.S. Top 40. And though the song came out eight years before singer Nicholas Petricca was born, he and his bandmates sourced their group's name, Walk The Moon, from The Police classic.
Petricca started the Cincinnati-based Walk The Moon in '08 and they independently released their debut album "I Want! I Want!" two years later. The song "Anna Sun" received significant "east of the Mississippi" airplay garnering a recording contract with RCA Records.
Tracks from "I Want! I Want" plus new material comprised their '12 self-titled effort. Called a "poppy, art-rock quartet" by Spin Magazine, the group reissued "Anna Sun" with an accompanying video - a flowing "one take" production - that got played in American Eagle Outfitters stores. The synth-laden track was also heard during the first episode of season three of the TV show Vampire Diaries. Though it didn't crack the Billboard 100 it did score Top 20 placements on the various Rock charts.
"Talking Is Hard," featuring "Shut Up And Dance" and "Different Colors," dropped in '14. "Shut Up And Dance" became the group's first Top 40 track, #36. It also went to #1 On Rock Airplay and #3 on Hot Rock Songs. The album peaked at #26.
2010 I Want! I Want!
2012 Walk The Moon
2014 Talking Is Hard