When listening to the Ohio-based band Walk the Moon, you’re not just listening to funky, upbeat music; you’re listening to funky, upbeat music that has a purpose.

The band, formed in 2008 by lead singer Nicholas Petricca, is becoming well known in the indie rock community for creating happy tunes. The group of four includes Petricca, Kevin Ray, Sean Waugaman and Eli Maiman. They released their first album “I Want!, I Want!” in 2010 and signed with Mick Management soon after to work on producing an LP.

Last summer, they joined Panic! At the Disco on “The Gospel Tour,” creating quite a buzz. Their own tour, “Shut Up and Tour,” kicked off on Oct. 8 in Seattle and will end in Philadelphia on Nov. 5. Catch them when they come to Austin’s The Parish on Oct. 26.

Their new single, “Shut Up and Dance,” debuted Sept. 10, and it is absolutely one to listen to. While their new untitled album doesn’t release until later this year, “Shut Up and Dance” definitely gives listeners something to look forward to. All you will want to do while listening to this song is shut up and dance with anyone around you.

The single is now available on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and Spotify. This insanely catchy song will be in your head all the time and in the best way possible.

Inspired by artists such as Talking Heads, David Bowie and Grizzly Bear, Walk the Moon has a bit of pop mixed in with their cool indie spirit. Their awesome guitar riffs and sick bass drums give off an indie rock-esque vibe that will make even the most chill hipsters want to listen.

With positive and upbeat songs the band is hard to resist. Their toe-tapping choruses and well thought-out lyrics will have you listening to them on repeat for days. Check out their songs; you will not regret it.

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