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Walk The Moon At The Hollywood Palladium: Review

Alexandra Aftalion |
October 20, 2013 | 1:24 p.m. PDT


Walk the Moon (Alexandra Aftalion/Neon Tommy)
Walk the Moon (Alexandra Aftalion/Neon Tommy)
It was immensely appropriate that there happened to be a full moon on the occasion of Walk the Moon's Friday night show, given that the crowd's insanity in response to Walk the Moon, The Mowgli's, and Smallpools was illuminated throughout the full night.

From their first show in Los Angeles at Silverlake's The Satellite to opening for Grouplove to USC's very own Springfest last year, Walk the Moon returned to Los Angeles on their own headlining tour.

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Fans covered in Native American feathers wrapped around the Hollywood Palladium in anticipation of the sold out show, featuring opening bands Smallpools and The Mowgli's.

Smallpools, a new indie pop quartet based in Los Angeles, recently released a self-titled EP, with their single "Dreaming" reaching high on Billboard's charts. The quartet is made up of Sean Scanlon, Mike Kamerman, Joe Intile, and Beau Kuther. 

The talented newcomers opened up with their second single, the sing-along, anthem-like "Mason Jar," which was met with the audience's great encouragement, leaving the band thanking the audience for being so nice. They proceeded with the feel-good "Over & Over," providing a start to a night that would want to be lived over and over.

The quartet closed with their debut single "Dreaming" as The Palladium's audience grew and broke out in dancing and jumping, surely warming up. Get the band's self-titled EP here

Smallpools plays at the renowned Troubadour in West Hollywood on Friday, December 13th. Get tickets here

The second opening act, The Mowgli's, were greeted with utter delight from the audience. The Mowgli's are a fun-loving, energetic Los Angeles-based eight piece collective who formed in 2010 by Colin Dieden, Katie Earl, Michael Vincze, Dave Appelbaum, Josh Hogan, Matthew Di Panni, Spencer Trent, and Andy Warren.

The indie collective, who have a rock, yet West Coast pop/folk sound, released their studio debut "Sound the Drum" along with an EP titled "Love's Not Dead" in 2012. The Mowgli's came out with their sophomore album, "Waiting For the Dawn," in 2013, accompanied by a side-by-side commentary for each song on Spotify. Get "Waiting For the Dawn" here

The unique thing about The Mowgli's is that each member of the band sings and has powerful stage presence, much like Grouplove and Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros. The band members even set their individual Instagram account last names to "(insert first name) Mowgli." They are a collective that loves to dance and have a good time on stage. Although singer/guitarist Colin Dieden broke his ankle the previous night at the very same venue the band wrote their charted, love-centric tune "San Francisco," he did not fail to give a spirited, love-filled performance (all in the absence of his crunches).

The Mowgli's are all about the themes of spreading the love, random acts of kindness, and just being a loving person overall. The collective started their set off with the catchy "Waiting For The Dawn," then went on to chant, "Hey Los Angeles, we are The Mowgli's!" in unison. After, they sung "Emily" and "Slowly, Slowly," which set the carefree, light-hearted tone for their whole set. 

Before starting country/folk tune "Hi, Hey There, Hello," Katie Earl (vocals and percussion) asked the audience to help The Mowgli's do an anthem-like vocal warm up, which the audience sang during the song. Then, the band took a moment to speak about love, the ever-present theme of their music and existence. Michael Vincze (vocals and guitar) spoke words of encouragement to the audience, speaking of how the audience can do anything and has the power to create change through simple love.

The Mowgli's not only spread their music, but also accomplished their mission of making their fans feel loved and powerful enough to change the world through love. This writer uses the word "love" excessively, but solely to spread the love.

The Mowgli's set took a somber tone with "Carry Your Will," a ballad dedicated to fallen loved ones, to which the lighters of the audience came out. The Mowgli's then asked the audience to crouch down with the start of rock and roll tune "Leave It Up To Me," getting the audience in a bouncy mood. In the middle of "Leave it Up To Me", Colin and the band stopped playing to ask the audience, "Los Angeles, who here is in love?…Are you in love with love?…Are you in love with yourselves?"

Colin himself claimed he had fallen in love 16 times just that night. As one can expect, his questions were met with screams and "I Love You"s from the crowd. After finishing "Leave It Up To Me", Michael implored the audience to make this night the best night, and the band started to play the ideal tune to send the audience into a state of euphoria: "The Great Divide."

Before their sentimental, nostalgic song "Time," in which Colin starts off by belting out the lyrics "I don't like time," Michael asked each audience member to "think about who you want to be and make it happen… If you knew you were going to die tomorrow, what would you do?…Who would you call?"

As The Mowgli's built up to their final song with light guitar playing and Colin repeatedly saying "This song is called…" for a good minute, the audience yelled in the name of love. The lights of The Palladium lit up as Colin said the two most anticipated words of their set: "San Francisco." The musical collective ended their love-filled, electrifying set with this catchy, best known song of theirs, which was inspired by the city of San Francisco and the venue in San Francisco Colin and Michael wrote the tune at (and where Colin broke his ankle the previous night). The music video for "San Francisco" displays the random acts of kindness and love The Mowgli's are all about.

After The Mowgli's inspiring set, the audience cheered while waiting for Walk the Moon to come on. 

READ MORE: Walk The Moon's Energy Makes The Crowd At The Fonda Theatre "Shiver"

"Circle of Life" began to play, cueing that Walk the Moon would walk onto the Palladium's stage any second. A bit cheesy, but the audience loved the band for that.  

The Cincinnati-based indie rock quartet formed in 2010 by Nicholas Petricca, Kevin Ray, Sean Waugaman, and Eli Maiman. The quartet independently released their debut album "I Want! , I Want!" in 2010, featuring "Anna Sun", which led to signing with Mick Management. Their self-titled sophomore record came out on RCA Records in 2012, followed by the 2013 release of their "Tightrope" EP. The band informed the audience that they spent the summer in their home state of Ohio working on a new record, and played some of their new tunes during the set. 

The quartet started off with the electric "Next In Line," to which the crowd rocked out to with clapping, dancing, and jumping. During "Quesadilla," couples started twirling and dancing the Charleston in the Palladium's pit.

The band went on to play some new music, which the audience did not seem to respond to with as much enthusiasm. One was titled "Bring Me Back" and another repeatedly asked "Do you have a boyfriend?" Nonetheless, during "Tightrope," the crowd showed its love of the song's irresistible guitar riffs and poppy beat.

Lead singer Nicholas Petricca's entrancing voice had everyone shivering and clapping along during "Shiver Shiver," also during which the band encouraged the Palladium's inhabitants to shake their rear ends. 

The band thoroughly started to make the Palladium feel like a family when Nicholas spoke about sharing this night and how sharing music brings everyone closer together, which set the intimate mood for "Me & All My Friends," a tune about losing it with a bunch of friends. The band had the crowd belting along. 

The quartet transitioned into a calmer, relaxed vibe with the slow tune "Iscariot," a break from all of the dancing and jumping and a trigger for the lighters and arm swaying to come out. 

The band truly connected with the audience and made what seemed like every individual in the Palladium feel welcome when Nicholas encouraged the audience to get its sweat out through dancing. He spoke about sweat being a vehicle for all negative emotions to exit the body; all anyone has left after sweating is "that good stuff." He spoke about a "super strength" people acquire through dancing and sweating after discarding everything negative.

Nicholas told the audience that the band is there for it, encouraging everyone to get that sweat out for whatever reason each individual was in the Palladium, whether it was to get out of a pessimistic environment or just to dance. His words were met by only love from the audience. The audience proceeded to sweat when lifting its arms up and down as one body during "I Can Lift a Car." The band made each and every audience member feel as if he/she had the strength to lift a car, especially during the song's sing-along chorus.

The band closed the night off with the intoxicating crowd favorite "Anna Sun," which brought about much needed crowd surfing like there was no tomorrow, surely getting that sweat out. The titled 2012 song of the summer reminded everyone in the Palladium of what having a good time sounded and felt like. 

Read more of NT's show reviews here.

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