On the road! Walk the Moon dishes on the behind-the-scenes of their tour
They may not have actually walked the moon yet ... but Walk the Moon is definitely doing some serious globetrotting this summer.
The band behind the catchy hit "Shut Up and Dance" which has ruled the airwaves this summer and landed them a MTV VMA Award nomination, have been going non-stop on tour this summer catching trains, planes and automobiles to their various destinations.
"We have never gotten a private plane – that's an important distinction. Doing day after day on commercial planes is probably the most grueling part," lead singer Nicholas Petricca dished to AOL at their latest tour stop at Lipton's Be More Tea Festival in North Charleston, S.C. "I'm looking forward to the hot air balloon days," Sean Waugaman chimed in.
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The band comprised of Nicholas Petricca, Kevin Ray, Sean Waugaman and Eli Maiman, gave us a behind-the-scenes look at what it's like on their tour from the hilarious tour bus antics to their favorite on-the-go snacks.
What's one must-have item when you travel:
Eli: I always bring like 4 or 5 pairs of headphones for different situations, like these are my sleeping on my side headphones, and these are my plane headphones, and my mixing headphones. I have more than the average headphones.
Nicholas: I carry literally every pair of socks and underwear that I own. Somehow they get lost and I somehow run out the ends, so I have to buy new ones.
Sean: I usually carry a tiny rubber hand it slides onto your finger. There's a good reason. It's true.
Kevin: Because we don't really ever go home, we carry everything with us and for any situation. One of my favorite things is my little Nintendo DS. I gotta have something to sort of get away on the plane for 4 minute before I fall asleep. Now that they re-released Zelda, I'm all about Zelda.
What's your favorite tour snack?
Kevin: Cookies. Really good chocolate chip cookies.
Nicholas: We had a box of really nice chocolate turtles. And every time I'd pass them by, there we just as many as the last time – so I was just eating them one-by-one.
Sean: I asked for a bathtub of fried chicken on our rider, but they wouldn't give it to me. It's my favorite snack.
Eli: I've got a specific chocolate chip cookie and it's Tates. They're really, really good. You can carry them around in your bag, and you start out with eight of them in there. Then all of a sudden there aren't eight of them. They're just gone.
What do you listen to when you're on tour?
Eli: It is interesting, because you spend so much time on the record that you become really in tune with the details. I'm so familiar with what we do every single night live, the way it changes, but I don't even know what we sound like on an album. This tour I've been listening to the Chvrches new record. The new single from St. Lucia, too.
Nicholas: St. Lucia is one of our favorite bands to watch and to be friends with. They're on our pre-show playlist a couple of their new songs. They're one of our best go-tos.
What's the best location you've ever played?
Everyone: Red Rock, hands down.
What's the best tour stop you've made for food?
Everyone: Tokyo and Munich.
Who is the biggest prankster on the tour?
Nicholas: Yesterday was the end of one of our tour guy's birthdays – they usually last like a couple of days – and Sean bought a bunch of like screaming, cackling monkeys and hung them in his bunk. You know, so he could return to rest after a long hard day to peace and quiet to these monkeys.
Eli: We once filled our manager's bunk with that horrible green Easter grass. We put it all over with a bunch of eggs filled with candy.
What's been your biggest pinch-me moment on tour?
Kevin: We got to open up for Rolling Stones. And not just opening up for them, but meeting backstage with them for about 5 minutes was amazing because they are incredible people and they are super friendly. We were warned that they were so friendly that we would probably miss the picture opportunity. We were very friendly too, but made sure to get that picture.
Do you spend any downtime working on new music?
Nicholas: Just the other day in sound check we were goofing around and coming up with ideas. You always have to have that iPhone ready to record those ideas in voice notes to capture that idea before it disappears forever.