by Elise Yablon
By now, you have most likely heard the song "Cool Kids," the immensely catchy and extremely popular single from young family band Echosmith. The song has garnered the band a lot of attention as of late, with copious amounts of radio airplay and tours with well known artists such as Owl City, Neon Trees, and Twenty One Pilots, and two back-to-back stints on the Vans Warped Tour. Not bad for a band who's oldest member is barely 21.
Echosmith are a family band consisting of brothers Jamie (guitar/vocals), Noah (bass/vocals), and Graham Sierota (drums), and fronted by their sister Sydney. The foursome has been playing together since 2009, releasing covers on their YouTube channel of songs by Mumford & Sons, Christina Perri, Adele, and more.
The band released their debut album, Talking Dreams, in October 2013. While single, "Cool Kids," charted after it's release, the excitement was short lived. It wasn't until after their appearance on the 2014 Vans Warped Tour that the band's popularity took off. "Cool Kids" became unavoidable on the radio and television with its punchy, upbeat chorus and socially conscious lyrics. With the release of the official video for the song on September 12, which has already amassed over 280,000 YouTube views, the song is bound to make the band even more popular.
Echosmith put a lot of pep into their indie-rock style and mix it with the summer-y lightness of their melodies. particularly on songs like "March into the Sun" and "Bright," which are driven by acoustic guitar. Even the more up-beat songs take on this feeling too. "Talking Dreams" triumphantly chugs along, led by buzzing guitars, a steady drum beat, and soaring gang vocals.
The band will be touring the US this fall, first with American Authors at the beginning of October, then with Neon Trees through the rest of October and November.
Echosmith might be young, but their music is anything but juvenile. The siblings make sunny day music whose melodies are as uplifting as they are catchy. "Cool Kids" is easily one of this past year's biggest hits and best songs, and a great place to start if you want to see what Echosmith can do.