Walk The Moon's Nicholas Petricca Picks His Top 5 Indie Bands of All Time

Austin Hargrave
Walk the Moon for Billboard's Greatest of All Time

Walk The Moon’s “Shut Up And Dance” recently spent 27 weeks, at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Rock Songs chart. In the midst of a sold-out tour that could also be seen as a victory lap for the stratospheric success of the track, keyboardist/singer Nicholas Petricca spoke to Billboard about the top 5 indie bands that paved the way for the Cincinnati quartet.

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1. Arcade Fire 
"Arcade Fire, early indie champions, paved the way for the genre.  Tracks like 'Neighborhood #2' and 'No Cars Go' changed the game for band kids like us."

2. The Shins 
"We were all late to The Shins' party when everyone in our generation was spinning 'New Slang,' 'Caring Is Creepy,' and the rest of the Garden State soundtrack on repeat, along with Natalie Portman's voice saying, 'You gotta hear this one song -- it'll change your life.' Who knew that 15 years after they released those songs we'd still be trying to write our own versions of them?"  

3. Vampire Weekend 
"VW were the first indie band I can remember that was just unabashedly fun. And the subject matter was often ridiculous - for instance, privileged New England kids escaping death by undead invasion. How could they make something so pretentious sound so youthful and relatable? It was like yacht punk."

4. Miike Snow 
"The mysterious Swedes in Miike Snow married synths, alien vocal plus noise samples, and sneaky, brilliant lyrics to procreate one of the most uniquely beautiful albums in a decade. When we cleaned up the mess that was left the day after the 'Anna Sun' video shoot, Miike Snow (the self-titled album) is what we were listening to, sponging up ideas."

5: Little Dragon
"Back in the van tour days, Little Dragon's Machine Dreams burnt a black scar on the mouth of our CD deck.  We'll never understand why sexy, fem-power, nerd-hip Little Dragon didn't become just the most aggressive alt radio sensation."