Where’s Walden? is a young alternative rock band that has proven themselves capable of encapsulating a medley of emotions in each song as though it were a simple recipe.
The first song of theirs I heard was “Green,” which I loved. The staccato guitar strumming is a favorite sound of mine. The lyrics are truly vulnerable, as they are both innocent and truthful. As I kept listening, I realized that no song was the same. These guys aren’t a “heard one song and heard it all” type of group. By listening to their Bandcamp page, I could tell that they had mastered a variety of different techniques and made it their own. Despite their band being a 5-part harmony, they manage to weave each part together beautifully. It’s very cohesive—it almost comes off as one sound.
Whether it’s with their heavier, deeper lyrics, light electric guitar riffs, or psychedelic melodies—the point is, you feel something. And that’s what good music does (as corny as it may sound). This group has become experts at taking these feelings and translating them, making us see why music is poetry in every way.
Where’s Walden? is performing at Knowhere in Chicago on January 13th. Doors open at 7 p.m. Stop by to hear something worthwhile.