It’s always such a treat when I find out that I’ll be reviewing a show at the Fox Theater in Oakland. Not only is it always so convenient to get to, but the venue itself is simply gorgeous. From the time you enter the grand interior of the theater, you’re treated to a show you know will have not only the top of the line amenities but killer lighting as well and a crystal clear powerful audio system.
So, when I found out I’d be seeing and reviewing new “it” band Walk the Moon at this venue I knew I was in for a treat.
From the start of the set, the energy was on high for this band that originally comes to us from Cincinnati, Ohio. The singer’s genuine euphoria could be felt early on in the evening as he hopped and bounced around the stage singing a slew of the band’s many hits. And he had many to choose from since the group has already been around for over seven years even though they only recently hit the top of the charts with a couple of breakthrough singles.
One thing that stands out about this band is that many of their songs radiate a powerful positive message, which seemed to be directly targeted at the youth of today. In this day and age, this comes through in spades since it’s a refreshingly different tone from what is often heard on the airwaves.
The band belted out a setlist of over 20 songs that lasted over 1 1/2 hours including their latest mega hits “One Foot” and “Anna Sun,” which they saved for the end of the show to close out the night.
Their style is avant-guard heavily influenced by 80s bands and included a variety of synths and drums sequencers. The machines didn’t take away from the musicianship though, as all the members of this band are gifted instrumentalists in their own right.
The fashion was unique, the light and laser production hypnotic, it’s a show that’s definitely worth checking out when it comes to your hometown.
All I Want
Shut Up and Dance
Can’t Sleep (Wolves)
Next In Line
Up 2 U
Photos by Louis Raphael (All Rights Reserved – Copyright 2018)