LIVE! Review: The Walking Sticks (Mercury Lounge 12/15/2015)

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The Walking Sticks opened for XYLØ at Mercury Lounge, and damn. This D.C. trio killed it, y'all. Their dynamic fusion of 80's dance music and contemporary dream pop was the quintessential start to my Tuesday night. Usually I only associate D.C. with distopian-styled subway stations and semi-adequate BBQ, but the The Walking Sticks have changed my tune!

And dat voice! Chelsea Lee, you poetic and noble land-mermaid!! (yes, I stole that compliment from future President of the United States, Leslie Knope, but it really sums up my feelings oh too perfectly). You have a great stage presence; comfortable, but not acting like you are God's gift to Mercury Lounge. That's called Madonna syndrome, and we are thankful you don't have it. I love the Walking Sticks despite the fact that their light show is almost causing my first seizure. Highlights include "Name On It" and "The News."

A couple of miscellaneous notes: Chelsea looked like she had hit up the American Apparel fire sale right before she got on stage, but she rocked it. My only complaint is that I spent way too much of the set distracted, wondering if the two boys were twins. After an arduous research session for informational recon (okay, fine, a Google search) I can confirm that they are, and I am not crazy. Well, the jury's still out on that second part, but I digress.