Sounds Like: Teenage daydreams inspired by new wave angst and California sunshine
For Fans Of: "If You Leave" and other aching selections from John Hughes soundtracks, Paramore's "Last Hope," Fleetwood Mac circa Mirage
Why You Should Pay Attention: Made up of four siblings — Graham, Jamie, Noah and Sydney Sierota, who range in age from 15 to 21 — this Los Angeles outfit has been garnering notice for their tireless touring schedule and their breezy yet downcast anthems. Lead vocalist Sydney has a gentle and firm voice that gives even peppier tracks like the bright "Talking Dreams" a wistful end-of-vacation feel. This past summer, Echosmith played the main stage of the Warped Tour, which helped propel them to the upper reaches of the iTunes singles charts. They're touring as part of the Honda Civic Tour with American Authors in October and headlining a short run of club dates in November.
They Say: "We all, as a family, would go through a record we loved and played it till we got burnt out on it, like Fleet Foxes' self-titled album and Hot Fuss by The Killers," says guitarist Jamie. That all-for-one ideal has persisted: "[Our songwriting process] is very collaborative and everyone plays a part in it," says Sydney. "The inspiration for our songs comes from our perspective on love and adventure in all its forms. 'March Into the Sun' is about worrying [over] the end of the world and living life with purpose." Adds drummer Graham: "Any of us can come up with a melody or lyric. It's fun!"
Hear for Yourself: Echosmith's breakout single "Cool Kids" is a back-to-school-season anthem for those feeling disaffected by their peers. By Maura Johnston