Hear from vocalist Nick Petricca about the band's new super hero inspired video, growing up with the X-Men and much more!
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We recently spoke with Nick Petricca, lead vocalist of the rock group Walk The Moon, on the helm of the release of their new super hero themed music video for the song “Work This Body.” He talked about what inspired them to make the video, growing up with the X-Men and much more! Watch the behind the scenes ‘making of’ video here!
Marvel.com: To begin, how did you come up with the concept for the video in the first place?
Nick Petricca: Super heroes have always been kind of a big part of my general interests… perspective on the world. Growing up reading comics and watching X-Men and watching Ninja Turtles and so it’s kind of always on the tip of my tongue I feel like. It’s trying to do something with a super hero theme and our music is very much about empowerment and about encouraging our listeners just to have the courage to be themselves and to find out what they believe and stand up for it and to sort of not like, I don’t know, fight their enemies but rather try and just embrace them, you know?
And so we were thinking about if we were super heroes like what would we be? And our music has kind of got this retro thing which we also try to do something kind of futuristic as well so we’re out in outer space and we’re these, I don’t know, super uh like space warrior rock stars basically [laughs]. And we were just kind of kicking around ideas and thought about what it was like to be in school and the song “Work This Body” is very much about that theme of empowerment and the idea of like there are these giants around you who are… there’s always somebody doing better than you, there’s always somebody who you’re not as good as and that should be like taking that as inspiration to work harder.
Marvel.com: Each of your costumes had a very distinct trait to it. Did all of that have meaning to it?
Nick Petricca: Yeah, we really wanted to take the opportunity to take our individual personalities and blow them totally out of proportion [Laughs]. For instance, Sean (Waugaman) is our drummer. I think Sean is, out of anybody, kind of like the wild card in the group and the fans kind of follow his weirdness. And I don’t know if you see there’s like a little tiny hand on the end of his horn [Laughs]. It’s so weird. But that’s just something that he Instagrams with this little hand just making jokes all across the nation in his travels; so we just incorporated little bits and pieces of our life and our personalities into these costumes. For me in particular, I kind of come from this place of wanting to be a real life super hero and wanting to be a real life like, I don’t know, a medicine man or something like taking this music and helping people and doing it in a way that’s a little unorthodox. So I wanted to have feathers like a shaman but also have like this microphone lightsaber like Star Wars and so that’s kind of where mine came in. Meanwhile Eli (Maiman), who’s the one with the keytar, who’s our guitarist, he specifically wanted to go in with the idea of he’s sort of a hero-villain so he’s kind of got this scary costume. He’s kind of the dark horse in the group that brings in some of the more serious undertones which is really cool. So yeah, everyone has their little flairs of personality.
Marvel.com: What Marvel character would you relate to your character in the video the most?
Nick Petricca: Oh wow, great question. I think X-Men; one of my personal favorites, there’s so many drastically different sort of personalities and strengths all combined into one massive team which is kind of like how I see the band honestly, everybody in the group is really different, comes from a really different musical background but somehow it works and we don’t kill each other. [Laughs]
Marvel.com: Which X-Men would you guys be in the band?
Nick Petricca: Well I always loved Nightcrawler and Gambit. Both of them are kind of… I guess every body in the X-Men is a bit of an outcast. But I was gonna say that Nightcrawler in particular has kind of got this mysterious past but a really good heart. And I think one thing that really comes through in Walk The Moon is just our sense of heart and our sort of love for life. And there is something about Gambit that like he’s always kind of looking for trouble a little bit, he kind of loves the chaos a little bit.
Marvel.com: What would your super power be?
Nick Petricca: I think my super hero would be some weird mix of like a Cyclops kind of leader of the pack like do gooder kind of person and this weird future shaman, wise… like a space knight in shaman training or something. [Laughs] Sort of trying to take the music medicine from the universe and spread it to the people and fight the forces of evil.
Marvel.com: So Captain America and Iron Man are battling it out. Who do you think would win and why?
Nick Petricca: You know I was never a huge fan of Captain America but the movies have kind of changed that for me. I never really got into the story but I love that he’s always trying to do right and that’s just genuinely what he believes. Whereas with Tony Stark it’s kind of blurry. I think I have to say Iron Man. Tony Stark is just a little bit more cutthroat than Captain America is and I feel like if it is a fight to the death, then he’s gonna be the one who’s actually down to pull the trigger whereas Captain America might just like capture him or something.
Marvel.com: You have a song title from one of our competitors. Have you ever thought of doing a title for a Marvel hero?
Nick Petricca: [Laughs] You noticed the “Aquaman” thing huh? That’s great. Yeah, totally. The whole theme is just always be on deck for us cause it’s just part of the way that we see the world. So yeah, for sure. It just got me thinking like in a video, I don’t know if you notice that he begins in the classroom and sort of gets this weird message from the teacher and then later on he imagines her as a super hero of her own. And it’s just sort of the idea that like there are super heroes among us like right now. And the world is crazy. As the light grows brighter and we get all this cool technology and great music and great art, the darkness grows too and the world is melting and these problems that we face seem sort of insurmountable. How can we get this many people rallied around the same cause or agreeing or how are we gonna save our world? And the thought occurred to us that groups like The Avengers are in fact real and that it’s gonna take the great minds, the super heroes of our world like scientists and artists and entrepreneurs and just brilliant, normal people to embrace their abilities and work together. So we’re sort of taking that idea and making it a little real for a few minutes because we really believe that we have the power to help make some positive change.
Follow Nick on Twitter at @petricholas and @WALKTHEMOONband and get tickets for their upcoming tour here. Visit iTunes or Spotify to pick up the new single and watch “Work This Body” here the ‘making of’ video here.