Based in a city known for stagnation and business as usual, Washington DC's Drop Electric exists to tell a different story about the nation's capital. Drop Electric’s music is a manic barrage of soaring vocals, heavy guitars, atmospheric textures, and tribal percussion, controlled by structured, dynamic songwriting. Their live show has been described as "epic" by NPR's Bob Boilen and most aptly "...as if the listener has started to sleepwalk through a dark art house film" by the DCist's Valerie Paschall.
The band released its label debut on Lefse Records in October 2013 to critical praise. Gaining acclaim from NPR, MTVU, and The Washington Post, the band has had its music placed in the trailer for "300: Rise of an Empire" and has had its song "Empire Trashed" played as part of a movie premiere on the International Space Station.
Over the last 6 months, Drop Electric has headlined the Fillmore and sold out their first headlining show at 930 Club.
“Beautiful video, very beautiful timelapse stuff and so I stayed… and they knocked me out. I’d seen Sigur Ros earlier in the week, we’d webcast that show, Sigur Ros is on my mind. Epic sounding instrumental band, with beautiful, beautiful vocals and here was Drop Electric, doing something sorta similar.“
- Bob Boilen, All Songs Considered (NPR)
"It’s no surprise that the young group has been aptly compared to Sigur Rós by NPR as their second LP Waking Up To The Fire is chock full magical synth hooks and exquisite misty vocals all underpinned by a punkier flavored post-rock sound than the elven band from Iceland."
- Mark Tichy, MTVU
"Post-post rock with a dash of electronica and a dollop of ambient noise. Makes you wanna dance in zero gravity in a spaceship on its way to another planet."
-Marissa Payne, Washington Post
"Drop Electric exploits the tension between traditionally pretty indie pop tropes—glockenspiel and keyboards that “sparkle”—and uncomfortable finds from the uncanny valley."
-Sasha Geffen, Consequence of Sound
"Yet, there's a subtlety to the emotional response their music evokes. Patrick Ryan Morris toys with the film clips projected behind the band and Reznikov sings with more of a deadpan than a shout. This makes for an unsettling but rewarding experience, as if the listener has started to sleepwalk through a dark art house film."
-Valerie Paschall, DCist
"They have an undeniable flair for evocative mixes that range from dark and powerful to ethereal and upbeat."
-Julyssa Lopez, The Washingtonian
The Walking Sticks
Two thirds of the Walking Sticks met because they happened to have a mother in common. And the third came along because she happened to be the only other eighteen year old in the neighborhood with a professional recording career in the works. The trio hailing from Silver Spring, MD consists of twin brothers Max and Spencer Ernst and their soulful beyond her years lead singer Chelsea Lee.
The group first took off in 2011 as a vehicle for deep roots grooves and harmony but the Sticks have recently taken a few leaps into much different territory. After touring the more meditative and heavily acoustic debut album World So Bright, the twins began accumulating an arsenal of old synthesizers from garage sales around town. More importantly, they signed on their long time friend and collaborator Chelsea Lee, a young talent whose bluesy instincts the boys had been dying to get their hands on. The result: a fusion between a few old souls and a resurgence of youth.
The brand new EP Send the Night preaches a newfound love for saw waves and modern production but maintains a compositional approach more inspired by Laurel Canyon than Hollywood. The Ernst boys years of crooning CSN&Y in the bar is irremovable from the dreamy harmonies that weave through the mix. And with a new set of gadgets to accompany her, Chelsea Lee's classic rasp stands out as something entirely its own. While the new songs demand a little more sweat from the audience, the band's initial focus remains the same: to make great music.
The Raised By Wolves
The Raised By Wolves are a musical duo comprised of Dusty Durston and Ben Eskin, hailing from Bethesda, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, DC where the two grew up together. After beginning to write songs in 2004, the two have used the past decade to hone their musical craft.
After deciding to attend different colleges in 2008, they began a musical project that they would write both remotely and when they reunited on academic breaks.
The two spent much of 2012-2013 privately polishing their written repertoire and recording their sonic experiments. On July 23, 2013, mere weeks after introducing themselves to the public as a band, The Raised By Wolves released “Sadie Hawkins,” their 9-song debut album which they wrote, recorded, and produced on their own. The album is representative of their dedication to writing heartfelt pop songs and presenting them in unorthodox ways.
As the album has received both critical and popular acclaim, the band has risen to prominence in the DC scene with their high-energy live show, culminating most recently in a local showcase that sold out the legendary 9:30 Club.
The band is already in the midst of writing their follow-up to “Sadie Hawkins,” scheduled to be released Fall 2014.