MTV PUSH Artist Of The Week: WALK THE MOON

Like Dewey Cox before them, WALK THE MOON walk hard. With their stirring, swirling, sun-soaked anthems, the Cincinnati indie rockers scored a major label deal. And they recruited an army of fans dedicated to their sound, which feels like the lovechild between David Byrne and Paul Simon. Not bad for a band that just nailed down its main men: “This particular lineup came together in the last year and a half or so, and that’s when all this craziness started happening for us,” frontman Nicholas Petricca says.

The group’s speedy ascent has come with some help from the undeniable gravitational pull of the “Anna Sun” video, a colorful, choreographed adventure that’s taken over the internet with millions of views. And they soundly swept Buzzworthy and Seventeen magazine’s reader-voted Official Song Of Summer 2012 poll.

WALK THE MOON recorded their self-titled major label debut, out June 19, in Atlanta last summer with indie über-producer Ben Allen (Animal Collective, Deerhunter), which gave the DIY-ers the chance to go hi-fi. “This was the first time we had the chance to work with a budget and a producer in a big fancy studio,” bassist Kevin Ray admitted. “We weren’t really prepared for it,” he laughed.

One thing they definitely were prepared for? Their mesmerizing live performances. “A whole lot of the purpose of going back to those songs was to bring the energy we have live,” Petricca said. Dudes aren’t kidding. Get a taste of that energy with a live download of “Anna Sun” and three video performances from the band below.

+ Watch WALK THE MOON’s live performances, interviews, and videos after the jump.

“Anna Sun (Live)”

“Next In Line (Live)”

“Tightrope (Live)”

“Anna Sun” Music Video

WALK THE MOON On When They Started

WALK THE MOON On Their Upcoming Album

WALK THE MOON On Their Video For “Anna Sun”