iTunes Single of the Week: “Shut Up and Dance” — Walk the Moon

By Audrey Deng

Walk the Moon’s “Shut Up and Dance” is this week’s free song on iTunes. It’s catchy and upbeat with equally optimistic lyrics, suggesting a love for physical movement over speech. Accordingly, this song is very danceable—not funeral dancing, but perhaps party dancing (and by party I do not mean funeral party, I mean non-death-related dancing party).

“Shut Up and Dance” is a simple, happy, song with shining moments in its impressive range of voice and snappy syllables, aligning perfectly with the instrumentals—which are, at times, overwhelming and noisy. However, this high level of energy lasts throughout all 3:19 minutes of the song.

Famously known for their single, “Anna Sun,” Walk the Moon is a band of four men, led and founded by Nicholas Petricca of Cincinnati, Ohio. They are a happy, whimsical, bunch, and their music reflects this poppy attitude. In their six years together, they have released three albums, including September’s “Talking is Hard.”

Walk the Moon’s next performance closest to NYC will be in Buffalo, NY, on December 18 at Kerfuffle Before Christmas where they will perform with bands such as Neon Trees and Fitz & the Tantrums.

Walk The Moon’s style is similar to Imagine Dragons. They both feature a unique male lead and typically sing upbeat songs.

Audrey Deng is a staff writer. Email her at music@nyunews.com.

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