Listening strictly to albums has led me down an alternative-indie-pop-rock rabbit hole where I end up listening to the same artist for months. Over the years, I've grown familiar enough with some albums/artists enough to group them according to sounds, so here they are!
All these artists are similar to WALK THE MOON within one standard deviation: some are more mellow, some more fast-paced, some have more electronica, all are equally good. If you’re also an album person or are just looking for new music, check out a few of these artists! “Known For” indicates their most popular tracks, “Best Album” is my personal favorite album, and “Top 3 Tracks” lists three songs I’d recommend anyone to get to know the artist.
1. The Wombats
The Wombats have created music at either end of the alternative rock spectrum; their older albums feature heavier instrumentals, their newer songs leaning more pop with plenty of synths and airy background vocals. Glitterbug has a similar theme to TALKING IS HARD, but their older songs are also worth a listen (side note: "Greek Tragedy" has an amazing, if dark/disturbing, music video).
Best Album: The Wombats Proudly Present… This Modern Glitch
2. Colony House
Indie-leaning alternative rock, Colony House sounds more traditionally alt-rock, focusing on guitar and catchy drums with minimal electronic additions. “Silhouettes” is similar to “Quesadilla,” only with fewer background instrumentals and thus a cleaner sound.
Known For: Silhouettes
Best Album: Only The Lonely
3. Vinyl Theatre
Their 2014 album Electrogram is perfect to dance to, 2017’s Origami is great to walk away from explosions to (while putting on sunglasses), and their latest 2018 single “Feel It All” probably caused the explosion. Their music actually reminds me more of Fall Out Boy’s more recent music - less upbeat, featuring more complex traditional and electronic instrumentals and a more typically “rock” beat. “Lisa Baby” and “Kamikaze” sound closest to Vinyl Theater’s more recent releases.
Known For: Breaking Up My Bones
Best Album: Origami
Known For: Moscow
Best Album: Punch
5. Magic ManAquaman” and “Portugal,” Magic Man is perfect for you. Magic Man has the perfect combination of a catchy bass line and electronic synths in the background that emulate those two tracks.
Known For: Paris
Best Album: Before the Waves
6. The GriswoldsThe Cab and The Script, actually. Definitely check out their acoustic covers because their guitar renditions are chill-worthy and absolutely gorgeous (they've done WALK THE MOON's "Anna Sun," Linkin Park's "Numb," and Portugal. the Man's "Feel It Still.") The lead singer’s singing style makes every song so haunting and emotionally raw.
Best Album: Be Impressive
Many of their songs tend to have similar tempos and have less variety, but if you like that type of song, you’ll probably like their album.
Best Album: Waking Up The Giants
8. Nothing But Thieves
Best Album: Broken Machine
9. Rainbow Kitten Surprise
Best Album: RKS
10. NoMBeAlt-J and BØRNS in the smoothness of his voice, NoMBe emulates “chill indie” with a distinct bass and jazzy snares in the background. His music is darker and slower compared to many of the artists on this list but makes for a very good listen nonetheless.
Best Album: They Might’ve Even Loved Me
11. Moon Taxi
Up 2 U"? Then you'll love "Red Hot Lights." Enjoyed "We Are The Kids"? You'll probably like "Two High." Moon Taxi follows a similar head-nodding, foot-tapping set of riffs and instrumentals. They’re further on the alternative rock end than pop, but some of their songs are more upbeat.
Best Album: Let The Record Play
How many of these artists do you already love?