Spectacular harmonies that cross genres
The Wild Reeds' sound is based on the interweaving vocal harmonies of three phenomenally talented front-women—Kinsey Lee, Sharon Silva and Mackenzie Howe—who write songs, swap lead vocal duties, and shuffle among an array of acoustic and electric instruments throughout the set. They are backed by a rhythm section of Nick Jones (drums) and Nick Phakpiseth (bass). Each with their own style, The Wild Reeds' three songwriters make music that is dynamic and unpredictable. They write lyrics and melodies with the thoughtfulness of seasoned folk artists, and perform with the reckless enthusiasm of a young punk band in a garage. Warm acoustic songs and harmonium pump organ seamlessly give way to fuzzed-out shredding and guitar distortion. With the release of "The World We Built," this Los Angeles-based quintet continues a national breakthrough. NPR Music critic Bob Boilen has championed the band, saying "great singers aren't easy to come by, so finding three in one band is something special." The explosive, horn-driven North Carolina band Holy Ghost Tent Revival opens.