In a galaxy of electronically-driven music, The Walking Sticks have a unique sound that is far from ordinary. Returning for their second consecutive CMJ, the D.C.-based trio performed at Rockwood Music Hall Tuesday night, treating the audience to their very own brand of “wet dream pop.”
The set opened with “You Got What You Wanted,” a mellow, haunting track that immediately hypnotized the crowd into a trancelike state. Singer Chelsea Lee’s vocals were enticingly ethereal, backed by the smooth and spacey soundscape created by twins Max and Spencer Ernst. Once they had audience onboard, they flipped into the infectiously catchy “Name On It,” featuring a funky backbeat and vintage-sounding synth grooves. Let me tell you, this girl can really sing. Her soulful voice is powerful beyond her years, easily setting her apart from many of her peers in the electronic world. The band’s set featured a range of sounds from the mellow to the danceable, complemented by their velvety harmonies, and they did them all so well.
It’s easy to see why The Walking Sticks are one of D.C.’s fastest-growing local acts, with a unique sound that meshes perfectly with Lee’s striking vocals. The outrageously talented trio certainly left an impression and much to look forward to on their ongoing journey.
Article: Nicole Shyti