Annapolis, MD (PRWEB) June 22, 2012
The DC area's popular new indie rock band, The Walking Sticks will launch their debut album, World So Bright, at a CD Release Party in Annapolis, MD on Wednesday, June 27, 2012. Created by 22 year old twin brothers, Max and Spencer Ernst, the group of talented musicians and songwriters delivers rich harmonies and original songs with an acoustic roots rock sound reminiscent of Simon and Garfunkel, Neil Young, and Wilco. The band has seen their popularity grow steadily since arriving on the music scene early last year. The launch begins at 8:30 pm as part of WRNR radio's live Annapolis Unplugged series at Middleton Tavern in Downtown Annapolis.
“This record is the result of our return to everything we love about music,” said Max Ernst. “My brother and I set out to make a record the way they used to be made, when it was all about the song and the real performance.”
The Ernst brothers were introduced to music by their mother, Beth, a professional musician who encouraged them when they began writing songs at the ripe old age of five. At 15, they were discovered at a school talent show by Magus Entertainment, managers for Aerosmith, and spent the following years writing and performing pop rock in LA and New York under the name Trustfall. The twins’ extraordinary talent was also recognized early on by prestigious music publishing house Cherry Lane (John Legend, Black Eyed Peas, Elvis), who signed them to a contract at age 18, making them the youngest songwriters on their roster.
Eventually, the twins felt that the overproduced sound of the studio songs they were coached to perform was taking them in the wrong direction and decided to go out on their own, trading their previous sound for a straight on, roots driven approach to their music.
In 2011, Annapolis resident, musician, and accomplished music producer, Brian Goddard discovered Max and Spencer playing under their new name, The Walking Sticks at Ram’s Head downstairs and realized he had stumbled upon something special. “I couldn’t believe what I was hearing,” said Goddard. "Two songs in, I knew they had what it takes. The songs and the way those voices blend, that just doesn’t come along everyday.”
Goddard worked with the brothers to produce the authentic sound they were after. "All of the songs on World So Bright were recorded live," said Spencer. "This CD doesn’t rely on digital gimmicks, which are so prevalent these days. This is the direct connection we want to make with our listeners."
Their packed performances at well-established venues like DC’s 9:30 club, the Kennedy Center, Ram’s Head Live in Baltimore, and the Mercury Lounge in New York, among others, are further testament to their growing popularity with audiences. Drummer Dylan Mulcahy brings a strong percussive edge to the twins’ acoustic roots rock sound. Also joining them on stage at the release party is Atlantic Recording artist Chelsea Lee, whose powerful voice blends seamlessly with the brothers’ vocals.
The CD release party will be hosted by WRNR DJ, Carrie Neuman as part of the station’s live Annapolis Unplugged series and will begin at 8:30 pm on Wednesday, June 27th. Middleton Tavern is located at 2 Market Space in Annapolis, MD. For more information about the Walking Sticks visit: http://www.thewalkingsticksband.com or http://www.facebook.com/thewalkingsticks or view the video: http://youtu.be/N_JeengFvlA For media inquiries contact Suzie Galler at 203.858.3389 or sgaller(at)muse-entertainment(dot)com.