Here’s a recipe for something interesting: Take a family of four kids. Add music, form a band. Cast Mom as tour manager, with Dad as mentor, chief roadie and sound check guy. Then put them in a van and have them travel all over the US and Canada alongside Australian headliner Tonight Alive. Have them release a great album in the midst of it all so that fans across the country sing enthusiastically to their music. Perhaps it sounds like the makings of a TV show*, but in fact it’s real life Echosmith, an alternative pop band from LA whose catchy songs and stage presence carried them through the entirely of the 41 city Vans Warped Tour this past summer and then onto tours with Owl City and Tonight Alive.
Echosmith are big fans of families seeing music together. Mom/tour manager Linda Sierota, vocalist Sydney Sierota and guitarist/vocalist Jamie Sierota took a few minutes before a recent show to talk about why it’s important to get your family out to see music:
Here’s an Echosmith song, so you can enjoy their music:
*P.S. You probably don’t remember The Partridge Family or The Cowsills. Or you won’t admit to it if you do. But it’s kind of like that. Except imo Echosmith’s songs are a lot more interesting.
Linda Sierota, Tour Manager and Mom:Chicago in Chicago(!) with The Beach Boys.
Sydney Sierota, Lead Singer:Switchfoot in LA.
Jamie Siertoa, Guitarist and Backup Vocals:Switchfoot in LA.
And, some pictures…
Drummer Graham (14), Vocalist Sydney (16) and Bassist/vocalist Noah (17) on stage:
Jamie (20) on guitar:
Mom Linda runs the merch table, and note Sydney’s Joy Division shirt:
Here’s a new band who have lyrical, driving, upbeat songs that have you tapping your feet and singing along, and may remind parents of a mix of some favorite old bands ranging from the Indigo Girls, to 10,000 Maniacs to maybe even Fleetwood Mac and The Bangles.
It’s hard to pin Echosmith to an exact genre; if you listen to the new album you’ll hear bits of Ingrid Michaelson, The Naked And Famous, Cults, Taylor Swift, the aforementioned Indigo Girls, and to mix things up further there are mandolins, driving pop-punk guitars, some Coldplay and U2 guitar moves, 60’s country bass riffs, mandolins and xylophones… and all at pretty much just the right places.
Echosmith sound so together, you’ll be surprised that the new Talking Dreams is their very first album. Or that their female lead singer, Sydney Sierota, is 16 years old. Or that the band are all brothers and sister who all sound great singing and playing together. Here are some examples:
Tell Her You Love Her:
You might have caught Echosmith at this past summer’s US Vans Warped Tour, where they were so popular they ended up playing every city in the tour. They’ve also opened for some big names such as Owl City and Neon Trees, and are currently touring the US with Australia’s Tonight Alive. Echosmith are touring a few final dates in the US as they finish that Tonight Alive tour, and then look for more in 2014.
You might like Echosmith if you like: Indigo Girls, Fleetwood Mac, 10,00 Maniacs, Cults, The Naked And Famous, Metric
The Beatles owe soooooo much to teenage girls for their success like i’m pretty sure it was teenage girls who were screaming and fainting at shows and buying all those records and not old ponytailed dudes or moody teen boys with bad hair? and somehow everyone forgets that when…
Here’s an ethereal artist who is popular with younger audiences but whom even the most mellow parents are likely to love.
The last time I saw Glasser, I wrote: “The band Glasser perform with an ethereal presence that carries you floating away atop the beautiful notes of their superb and angelic vocalist Cameron Mesirow. I saw them this past weekend and still feel a bit of a halo from the experience.”
Glasser is back with a new album that is at least as floating and dreamy, with fascinating poetic lyrics, and they’re touring a few dates in the US and then off to Europe. Here’s a song from the new album Interiors:
As you can hear, it’s not all dreaming and floating, though. A Glasser concert will have the crowd dancing enthusiastically before the night is out, because as I said once: “Glasser is what seraphim listen to when they want to jam.”
You might like Glasser if you like: Imogene Heap, Fru Fru, Enya, The Knife, Purity Ring