Why Does Walk The Moon Paint Their Faces?

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Photo by Alex Rauch

Photo by Alex Rauch

Go to a Walk The Moon show and you’ll be surrounded by excited young people, dressed in neon, covered in feathers, and donning rainbow-hued splotches of warpaint on their faces. Without these artistic stripes across the bridge of your nose or symmetrically down your cheek, you might feel left out, but there is always someone in the audience who has a pocket full of resplendent resolutions to your problem.

After watching the video for their hit single “Anna Sun,” one might think Walk The Moon’s inclusion of facepaint in their performances was planned, but it actually happened organically after they included the facepaint in their video at their wrap party in Cincinnati. For their music video, the band was going for a Neverland/Peter Pan and the Lost Boys kind of vibe that frontman Nicholas Petricca said “evolved into this ritual.”

“People started coming to the shows in facepaint, and so, we started bringing it,” explained Petricca. “It just became this tradition.” Guitarist Eli Maiman agreed, saying that at this point there are many variations of the look at shows and described “elaborate feathers” he saw at the show the night before his interview with KROQ in Los Angeles.

“You get these people who come with really, really detailed delicate paint jobs,” said Maiman. “It really runs the gamut and let’s people be creative and be themselves at our shows.” Bassist Kevin Ray explained that it’s moved beyond facepaint and “people just come dressed as crazily as possible.”

When asked how they would paint each others faces, drummer Sean Waugaman said that he would “paint some fangs” on Ray because he looks so much like Robert Pattinson a/k/a Twilight‘s vampire hero Edward Cullen.  Ray didn’t look thrilled by the prospect, but Waugaman didn’t seem to have a problem when Petricca said he’d paint the drummer like a dinosaur.

“Like a T-Rex but with stegosaurus plates all down his back. Just cause, I don’t know, it’s awesome,” he explained turning to Waugaman. “And you roar sometimes.”

Walk The Moon is now on tour in Europe with fun.

–Nadia Noir, KROQ Los Angeles

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