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From the Beach Boys and The Jacksons in the 60s and 70s to Haim and Kings of Leon today, siblings making music together is a long tradition, continuing now with LA’s own Echosmith, comprised of the Sierota siblings, Sydney (16, vocals,) Jamie (20, guitar,) Noah (17, bass,) and Graham (14, drums.) Their unique blend of indie-pop pulls together a wide range of influences from 70’s rock, like Fleetwood Mac, Joy Division and The Smiths to today’s alt and indie rock, like Chvrches, Vampire Weekend, and everything in between. What’s unique about Echosmith isn’t their family status, but rather, the surprise is the depth and maturity of their music compared to other musicians their age (and older,) reflecting their six years of experience as a band together, rather than their relative youth. Their lyrics reflect a wisdom beyond their years, and their sound is indicative of their constant exposure to music of all genres and ages, winning over fans of pop, alternative, rock and more, from British pop singer Seal to their Australian pop-punk tour mates, Tonight Alive, who invited them along on their national Other Side tour this fall after befriending them on their successful Warped Tour this summer.
Their debut album on Warner Bros Records dropped on October 8th to critical praise, making them one of Alternative Press’s 100 Bands You Need To Know, earning four and five star reviews from music journalists around the country, and getting radio play in the states (including the station the quartet grew up listening to, LA local KROQ,) hitting number 3 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart with “Talking Dreams,” and abroad (getting regular radio play and jumping up the charts in south Asia.) The most common words spoken by fans of Echosmith, written in reviews of their album or their performances, and even from the mouths of their peers and elders is obsessed, followed closely by infectious which describes perfectly why Echosmith is the Stage and Stills featured band for this winter. Their upbeat music is catchy and cheerful on some tracks and thoughtful, mellow and melodic on others.
Echosmith is closing out a big year, with national tours alongside Owl City and Tonight Alive, as well as a successful run on this summer’s Warped Tour, closing out with a string of holiday shows, and they have an even bigger year ahead of them, kicking off 2014 with a college tour along the east coast and midwest. Pick up “Talking Dreams” now and make sure to check them out, before they blow up, at these upcoming shows this month:
12/10 Warner Brothers Record’s Holiday Show, WBR Offices, Burbank CA (Free with Canned Goods!)
12/15 Mimosa Gala Holiday Show, Federal Bar, North Hollywood, CA (Tickets)
12/17 HELLOGOOBYE and ECHOSMITH, The New Parish, Oakland, CA (Tickets)
12/21 Never Shout Never: The Xmas Tour Acoustic, Chain Reaction, Anaheim, CA (SOLD OUT)
12/22 Never Shout Never: The Xmas Tour Electric, Chain Reaction, Anaheim, CA (SOLD OUT)