Live Concert Photography: SHAED with JP Saxe at Baby’s All Right 2/27/19
Silver Spring, MD-born, Washington, DC-based multi-instrumentalists, producers and twin brothers Max and Spencer Ernst showed an interest in music at a very young age. By middle school, the Ernst Brothers and a couple of friends formed a rock band by the name of Upslide. Upslide performed shows locally in and around the Washington, DC area for several years, eventually attracting the attention of a New York-based artist management company.
While the Ernst Brothers were in high school, they formed a pop duo Trust Fall, which began touring nationally. Interestingly, while the Ernst Brothers were in high school, they met Chelsea Lee. Lee began dating Spencer Ernest, and eventually signed as a solo artist with Atlantic Records. When the Ernst Brothers finished high school, they deferred attending college in the hopes of landing a record deal with Epic Records. The deal fell through and the twins began their studies at the University of Maryland, where they formed a folk rock duo, The Walking Sticks.
During their senior year at college, the duo released their debut EP, World So Bright, which featured material that featured an acoustic roots rock sound — and was recorded live. When her solo contract with Atlantic Records ended in 2011, Lee joined The Walking Sticks after the release of The Walking Sticks debut EP. Their follow-up EP, Send the Night, their first as a trio found the act’s sound moving from folk rock to dream pop.
Unsurprisingly, as a result of their new stylistic leanings, the newly constituted trio changed their name to SHAED. They then signed with Photo Finish Records, who released their debut EP Just Wanna See, which they supported with tours with Marian Hill, Verite and Bishop Briggs, while being compared favorably to the likes of Florence & The Machine, Sia, Justin Timberlake and JOVM mainstays Sylvan Esso. Building upon a rapidly growing profile, “Name On It” was featured as part of a Victoria’s Secret ad campaign.
In late 2017, the trio moved into a house together and began working on their sophomore EP, last year’s Melt, which featured their most commercially successful song to date, “Trampoline,” which was featured in an ad campaign for Apple’s MacBook Air — and that shouldn’t be surprising: ee’s sultry vocals float ethereally over a slick, hyper-modern yet chilly production centered around wobbling and arpeggiated synths, finger snaps, a distorted backing vocal sampled and a soaring hook — and while being infectious an radio friendly, the track will further cement the duo’s reputation for crating Sylvan Esso-like electro pop.
Earlier this year, the members of the Washington, DC-based trio went on a national headlining tour that included a February stop at Baby’s All Right with Toronto, Ontario, Canada-born, Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist JP Saxe. Check out photos from the show below.
JP Saxe is a Toronto, Ontario, Canada-born, Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, who specializes in a R&B-tinged singer/songwriter pop, centered around deeply personal experience and lyrics. Saxe’s set featured a handful of already released singles, including “Both Can Be True: Part 1,” “25 In Barcelona” and “Blurry.”