Family of the Year
|Family of the Year|
Family of the Year in 2013
|Origin||Los Angeles, California|
|Genres||Indie rock, indie folk, indie pop|
|Labels||Nettwerk Music Group|
|Past members||Meredith Sheldon|
Family of the Year is an American indie rock band based in Los Angeles, California consisting of members Joseph Keefe (vocals/guitar), Sebastian Keefe (drums/vocals), James Buckey (guitar/vocals), and Christina Schroeter (keyboard/vocals). Their music uses melodic male/female vocal harmonies and folk tale-style lyrics. They are perhaps best known for their international chart hit, "Hero", which became a top 10 hit in Austria, Belgium, Germany, and Switzerland.
Origins of members
Though Family of the Year is currently based in Los Angeles, California, brothers Joseph and Sebastian Keefe were born in Massachusetts, spent their teenage years in Wales, and eventually moved to Martha's Vineyard. James Buckey is from Jacksonville, Florida, while Christina Schroeter is from Orange County, California. Prior to forming Family of the Year, members Joseph Keefe and Sebastian Keefe enjoyed local Boston success in previous bands Unbusted and The Billionaires.
Family of the Year self-released their debut EP Where's the Sun on their Washashore imprint in September 2009. The EP includes "Let's Go Down", "Castoff", "Summer Girl", "What a Surprise", and "Psyche or Like Scope".
In October 2009, they were picked out of 700 artists by Ben Folds and Keith Lockhart to open for Ben and The Boston Pops at Symphony Hall. Shortly after, the band flew west for California shows with Bell X1 before returning east for the CMJ Music Marathon, marking Family of the Year’s New York debut. SPIN selected the band as one 25 Must-Hear Artists from the 2009 CMJ Festival. In November 2009, they hit the road with Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros in support of their debut album, Songbook.
In November 2009, the band released their debut full-length album titled Songbook.
In January 2010 the band announced the release of an exclusive song every month through their e-mail list in 2010 and followed that with the digital release of their second EP Through the Trees on March 9 under their own imprint, Washashore Records.
Family of the Year has been recognized for independent fundraising. Donation-based sales for the band's first EP Where's the Sun helped fund the recording of their debut LP Songbook, and the band has funded touring through online merch sales of items like postcards.
In July 2012, the band released their second album Loma Vista with Nettwerk Records, produced by Wally Gagel. With the release, the band has been included in a number of emerging artist features on MTV, USA Today, Entertainment Weekly, Paste, Billboard, Amazon, KCRW, and Interview. The album peaked at #35 on Billboard's Top Heatseekers Chart.
With their second single, "Hero", Family of the Year has made a run of late-night TV appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Conan, and two episodes of Last Call with Carson Daly. The single peaked at #12 on the Billboard Alternative Songs Chart. At radio, "Hero" reached #1 on the Triple A Top 30 Radio Chart and Top 15 at Alternative Radio. The song was prominently used in Richard Linklater's 2014 film Boyhood.
The group has shared the stage with a variety of artists, including fun., Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Walk the Moon, Good Old War, Grouplove, Atlas Genius and others. With their first headline tour of 2013, the band sold out shows across the country, including New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Indianapolis, Nashville, Denver, Portland and more. Often joining them on the road is touring bassist Alex Walker.
The band has been a mainstay of summer festivals, including Lollapalooza, Summerfest, Downsview, BottleRock Napa Valley, Guinness Oyster & Music Festival, Launch Sacramento, Mariposa Folk Festival, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, and others.
- Songbook (2009)
- Loma Vista (2012)
Appearances in popular media
In 2010, Advil began airing a national television commercial which featured the band's song "ChugJug."
Sebastian Keefe and Joseph Keefe appeared in a scene of the non-scripted dramatic feature Hurricane Emma (a.k.a. I'm on Fire), directed by Alex Cassun and starring former Family of the Year band mate Vanessa Long. James Buckey also worked on the movie, engineering the ADR recording.
In 2012, the song "Everytime" was featured on the final episode of Weeds.
The group's song "Hero" was used in the 2012 motion picture Thanks for Sharing and the trailers for 2014 film Boyhood, as well as during the film itself. Additionally, it has been featured in several television appearances, including Girls, Underemployed, World of Jenks, Couples Therapy, Degrassi: The Next Generation and the 2014 Korean drama It's Okay, That's Love.
- Lopez, Korina (27 April 2013). "On the Verge: Family of the Year finds fan in Tyler". USA Today.
- "Harmonious Family of the Year". SF Examiner.
- "25 Must-Hear Artists from the CMJ Festival". SPIN.
- "Video Premiere: Family Of The Year, 'Hero'". MTV Buzzworthy Blog.
- "15 Artists To Watch". Entertainment Weekly.
- "Infographic: 13 Emerging Bands for 2013". Paste.
- "Bubbling Under: Family Of The Year Keeps Radio's Folk Revival Rolling". Billboard.
- "Family of the Year "Hero" - Live at Amazon" (Video).
- "Family of the Year: Local Band We Love". KCRW.
- "Discovery: Family of the Year". Interview.
- "Family Of The Year Perform Live From 98.7-FM's Penthouse". Retrieved 2 August 2013.
- "Family of the Year | Awards | AllMusic". Retrieved 3 August 2013.
- "Chart Moves: Jonas Brothers Return To Hot 100; Little Wings Fly to New U.S. Heights; Anna Kendrick's 'Pitch Perfect' Song Wins Over Radio". Billboard.
- "Alex Walker Interview: From New York To LA". Guitar International.
- "I'm on Fire". IMDB.
- "Being Human - Season 3 Episode 12 -"Always A Bridesmaid, Never Alive"". TuneFind.
- "Suburgatory - Season 1 Episode 20 - "Hear No Evil"". TuneFind.
- "Family of the Year". TuneFind.
- "Exclusive: 'Girls' to Premiere New Tracks by St. Vincent, Grimes and Family of the Year"". Billboard.