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Winter Featured Artist: Echosmith - Talking Dreams
Run away to the desert with Winter Featured Artist, Echosmith, for a roadside concert of their upbeat single, “Talking Dreams.”
Story and Photo by Jackie Teeple
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)
Now that spring is officially over, it’s time to find our summer featured artist! Do you know of a deserving unsigned or up & coming band or artist who deserve to be in the spotlight on our site? Drop us a line through the site or send us an email here!
& Much love to our spring featured artist, Jilllette Johnson!
Jillette Johnson [Chain Reaction | Anaheim, CA | 04/04/13]
As spring comes to a close this Memorial Day weekend, here’s one of our exclusive backstage pictures of our Spring Featured Artist, Jillette Johnson! Her new album, Water in a Whale debuts June 25th! Check back in to find out who our Featured Artist will be for this summer, coming soon!
Spring Featured Artist: Jillette Johnson - Pauvre Coeur
Pauvre Coeur is a haunting song about a broken girl who deserves more out of an abusive relationship, where she feels less and less like the beautiful woman she knows she is. The video documents the fall and rise of the woman and her broken relationship, in reverse, interwoven with footage of Jillette performing at the piano. Her performance is powerful and emotional, and the video shows a woman, broken, becoming a strong woman, ready to stand on her own and refusing to take the hand that has been dealt to her. (Trigger warning for an emotionally abusive relationship)
Story and Photo by Jackie Teeple
Bringing her music to us from New York City, 23 year old singer-songwriter Jillette Johnson is a new name in music with her EP, Whiskey and Frosting, and her upcoming full length album, Water in a Whale, but don’t underestimate this powerhouse vocalist and pianist.
Her vocals and talent on the keys are amazing, strong, pure, melodic and commanding; winning over fans while on tour with William Beckett on the What Will Be Tour. Her songs range from the brave and passionate Cameron, to the darker side of the story in tracks like When the Ship Goes Down and Pauvre Coeur.
Check Jillette out on Spotify and on the remainder of the What Will Be Tour! Jillette and William leave San Francisco tonight, bound for Salt Lake City on Friday (4/12, Kilby Court,) followed by Denver on Saturday (4/13, The Marquis Theatre,) and Omaha on Sunday (4/14, The Waiting Room) if you’re in town!
Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, check out her website and pick up Water in a Whale when it comes out this summer!! Stay tuned throughout the month of April as we post more exclusive pictures from Chain Reaction, songs, and more.
Hailing from Australia, Tonight Alive have crossed the Pacific Ocean and trekked American soil. With their catchy songs that contain personal statements that are easy to relate to, you will definitely catch yourself singing along unexpectedly or humming the notes in the shower. With a shout out in AP Magazine about their new CD What Are You So Scared Of? (will be released Feb 14 with Fearless Records) the band is catching the attention of music lovers all over the world. Tonight Alive currently has an EP out called Consider This, a single available on iTunes called “Breaking and Entering” and three music videos on Vevo.
The band consists of lead singer Jenna McDougall, guitarist Jake Hardy, guitarist/vocalist Whakaio, bassist Cam Adler and drummer Matt Best. While it may be easy to compare Tonight Alive to other female fronted bands, Jenna holds her own spot with her personality and music. The pop punk band has great chemistry that can be seen in their songs, which are all unique and personable with a smooth flow.
Check them out on Warped Tour this summer at a city near you.
Songs we suggest you listen to: Wasting Away and Breaking And Entering
Websites to check out