Echosmith

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Echosmith
Echosmith 11 15 2017.jpg
Echosmith as a trio in 2017
Background information
Origin Chino, California, U.S.
Genres
Years active 2009-present
Labels
Website echosmith.com
Members
  • Sydney Sierota
  • Noah Sierota
  • Graham Sierota
Past members
  • Jamie Sierota

Echosmith is an American indie pop band formed in February 2009 in Chino, California. Originally formed as a quartet of siblings, the band currently consists of Sydney, Noah and Graham Sierota, following the departure of eldest sibling Jamie in late 2016.[3] Echosmith started first as "Ready Set Go!" until they signed to Warner Bros. Records in May 2012.[4] They are best known for the song "Cool Kids", which reached number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was certified double platinum by the RIAA with over 1,200,000 sales in the United States[5] and also double platinum by ARIA in Australia.[6] The song was Warner Bros. Records' fifth-biggest-selling-digital song of 2014, with 1.3 million downloads sold. The band's debut album, Talking Dreams, was released on October 8, 2013.[2][7]

Early life[edit]

The group grew up in a musical household playing multiple instruments throughout their childhood. The band has mentioned that numerous rock artists, including Coldplay, Echo & the Bunnymen, The Smiths, The Killers, U2, Joy Division and Fleetwood Mac influenced them while growing up and encouraged them to make music together. Echosmith’s youngest sibling, Graham, plays drums. The only female member in the group, Sydney,[8] is the lead vocalist for the band, often contributing on tambourine and keyboard. Noah plays bass and sings back-up vocals for the band. The oldest sibling, Jamie, was co-lead singer and played guitar before he left the band in 2016.[9]

Career[edit]

2009–12: Beginnings[edit]

Echosmith performing in July 2014

Echosmith has also released an array of covers of songs such as "I Will Wait" by Mumford & Sons,[10] "Lights" by Ellie Goulding,[11] "Set Fire to the Rain" by Adele,[12] and "Princess of China" by Coldplay and Rihanna.[13] The band is currently managed by their father, producer and songwriter Jeffery David who helped develop the band as well as co-writing the majority of the bands debut album.[14] In April 2013, Echosmith was named one of the "100 Bands You Need To Know" by Alternative Press.[15] On May 31, 2013, Echosmith released their new single on YouTube, "Come Together". The video was directed by Justin Coloma and filmed in Los Angeles, CA.[16] Echosmith launched a Summer Sampler Free Download promo on their website, with the songs "Cool Kids", "Come Together", and "Talking Dreams".[17]

2013–16: Talking Dreams[edit]

On June 7, 2013, the band performed a free concert at Warner Bros. Records in Burbank, CA, with simultaneous streaming through Echosmith's YouTube channel.[18] Echosmith was featured on ESPN's June programming. The featured songs consisted of "Come Together", "Let's Love", and "March Into The Sun."[19] Echosmith also performed on the entire 2013 Vans Warped Tour.[20] The band toured the United States and Canada as the opening act for Owl City on his 2013 Midsummer Station tour.[21] The band's debut album, Talking Dreams, was released on October 8, 2013.[22] Echosmith released a holiday track "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day" on December 3, 2013. It was available to download for free on their website through the month of December.[23] The band performed the song "Cool Kids" on December 31, 2013 during the Teen Nick top 10: New Year's Eve Countdown, hosted by Nick Cannon.[24] Echosmith was selected as MTV's 2014 Artists To Watch.[25] The band's song, "Surround You" was featured in the soundtrack for the film Endless Love.[26]

Echosmith played on the Vans Warped Tour in 2014 for the second year in a row.[27] Echosmith made their late night TV premiere in June 2014, performing "Cool Kids" on Conan[28] and the Teen Wolf after show, Wolf Watch. In 2015, Echosmith supported Twenty One Pilots on their national tour.[29] On June 10, Echosmith released an acoustic EP, titled Acoustic Dreams, which features acoustic versions of four tracks off Talking Dreams, in addition to one new track titled "Terminal".[30] Leading up to the release, the acoustic version of "Cool Kids" was premiered on the group's YouTube channel on June 3.[31] Echosmith was the MTV Push Artist of the Month for November 2014.[32][33](in German) The band had a headline tour with The Colourist as their supporting act in February 2015.[34] In 2015, Echosmith provided the vocals for Russian-German DJ and musician Zedd's track "Illusion", featured on his second studio album titled True Colors. In August, the band announced that Jamie Sierota would be taking a break from the band in preparation for fatherhood; session musician Josh Murty filled in on guitar for the band's tour dates.[35] The band made a guest appearance in The Muppets episode "Single All the Way" (S1:E10), which originally aired December 8, 2015. In 2016 Sydney announced a collaboration with Hollister for a fashion line.[36] In November 2016, the band announced via Twitter, Facebook and mail newsletter that Jamie will no longer be part of the band so that he can take care of his baby. They also stated they will continue as a trio.[3] Also in 2016, Sydney collaborated with The Goo Goo Dolls on their song, "Flood", which can be found on their album Boxes.

2017–present: Inside a Dream[edit]

"Goodbye", the lead single from the band's upcoming second album, Inside a Dream, was released on July 14, 2017.[37] A tour was also announced via the band's Twitter. They also released two singles entitled "Future Me" and "Dear World". On September 29, 2017, they released the EP Inside a Dream after delaying their second album.[38] With this release, the song "Get Into My Car" was released as a single and music video[citation needed] and tour to Spring 2018. Echosmith performed a surprise DJ set at Emo Nite in Los Angeles in February 2018.[39]

Band members[edit]

Current members

  • Sydney Grace Ann Sierota[40] – lead vocals, rhythm guitar, piano, keyboards (2009–present)
  • Graham Jeffery David Sierota[41][42] – drums, percussion (2009–present)
  • Noah Jeffery David Sierota[43] – bass, backing vocals, synthesizer, programming (2009–present)

Former members

  • Jamie Jeffery David Sierota[41][42] – lead guitar, lead and backing vocals (2009–2016)
  • Josh Murty (touring musician only) – guitar, lead and backing vocals (2015–2018)[44]

Current touring musicians

  • Jacob Evergreen – guitar, backing vocals (2018)
  • Breanne Düren – keyboards, vocals (2017)

Influences[edit]

Echosmith is described as an indie rock and 1980s dance-rock-influenced band.[45] The band has cited Coldplay, U2, The Killers and The Smiths as influences.[46] Switchfoot was also a big influence and reason they started making music.[47]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Details Peak chart positions
US
[48]
US
Heat

[49]
US
Rock

[50]
AUS
[51]
AUT
[52]
DEN
[53]
GER
[54]
NLD
[55]
SWI
[56]
Talking Dreams 38 1 48 45 39 23 47 46 35
Untitled
  • Released: TBD[A]
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
To be released
"—" denotes an album that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Extended plays[edit]

List of extended plays, with selected chart positions
Title Details Peak chart positions
US
Heat

[49]
Summer Sampler
  • Released: June 11, 2013[60]
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • Formats: CD, Digital download
Acoustic Dreams
  • Released June 10, 2014[30]
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • Formats: CD, LP, Digital download
34
Spotify Sessions[61]
  • Released: February 24, 2015
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • Formats: Streaming
Inside a Dream
  • Released: September 29, 2017[58]
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • Formats: Digital download, streaming
An Echosmith Christmas[62]
  • Released: November 10, 2017
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • Formats: Digital download, streaming
"—" denotes an album that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
[63]
US
Adult

[64]
AUS
[51]
AUT
[52]
CAN
[65]
DEN
[53]
GER
[54]
NZ
[66]
SWI
[56]
UK
[67]
"Cool Kids" 2013 13 5 6 5 25 6 8 13 9 17 Talking Dreams
"Bright" 2015 40 9 81
"Let's Love" 25
"Over My Head" 2018 23 TBA
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Promotional singles[edit]

List of singles, showing year released and album name
Title Year Album
"Tonight We're Making History"[76][77][11] 2012 Non-album single
"I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day"[78] 2013 An Echosmith Christmas
"Goodbye"[79] 2017 Inside a Dream
"Future Me"[80]
"Dear World"[81]
"Get Into My Car" (Prince Fox remix)[82] Non-album single
Notes
  1. ^ The full-length Inside a Dream album was originally scheduled for release on September 29, 2017,[57] but was delayed.[58] A tentative release date of March 30, 2018 accompanied the release of the similarly-titled EP,[59] however this release never materialized.

Concert tours[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Ceremony Award[citation needed] Nominated work Result
2015 Teen Choice Awards Choice Music Single: Group "Cool Kids" Nominated
Choice Summer Music Star: Group Echosmith
Kids Choice Awards Favorite New Artist
MTV Europe Music Awards Best New Act

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