Echosmith Get Honest And Intimate At Sony Hall In NYC
Backstory Presents Echosmith Live
Echosmith (Warner Brother Records) is the California based band featuring siblings Sydney, Noah, and Graham Sierota. The band broke into the music world back in 2013 with their smash hit “Cool Kids”. Since then the band has performed on The Vans Warped Tour, their own headlining shows, and they’re currently in the middle of a tour with Pentatonix.
The band took a break out of their busy schedule to get intimate in New York City with their biggest fans at Sony Hall as part of an ongoing series presented by Backstory. Backstory Presents is a series of exclusive, curated live interview events with iconic artists.
Tonight Echosmith participated in an hour long conversation style interview and even treated fans to a performance of select songs.
The band chatted about their new single they recently released “Over My Head”.
Vocalist Sydney Sierota had this to say:
“That song was really different for us to do, because it isn’t about something super enjoyable, and it’s really about that feeling you have when you’re having miscommunication or misunderstandings especially with people that you love… which I think happens a lot more I’m realizing than I expected. No matter how much you like someone you’re going to misunderstand them at some point. So it’s really about that extreme frustration when that happens, and that’s kind of different for our band to write about. We always want to have a message, to bring positivity to our music and have some hope in there even if it’s about something negative. That’s why the bridge is really important to us, because it’s literally telling that person ‘Tell me what you’re thinking because I actually want to understand you. I’m not ditching you because we don’t understand each other right now.’”
When asked if there was a particular incident that inspired them, Sydney replied:
“Not necessarily, I mean as we have been writing so much for this sophomore album, obviously we’ve lived a lot of life and I was like 15-ish, maybe 16 when we wrote and recorded all of our first album. Now I’m 21 so a lot of things have changed obviously for all of us, so I think just really experiencing more life and understanding that hard things happen and there is a lot of pain that happens as your grow-up, a lot of growing pains obviously there are a lot of beautiful things in the world to but experiencing different aspects of life you don’t really notice when you’re 15. It gives you more material to write about.”
The band went on to discuss the direction of the new album, writing from experience and not just trying to write a catchy song. They also dove into the fans support as the band goes through this evolution and what it’s like going from Warped Tour, handing out flyers to get people to come watch you to being on the road with a group like Pentatonix. Towards the end of the interview, Echosmith opened up the floor to questions from fans in attendance and proved just how much the fans really mean to them. Sydney, Noah, and Graham pointed out long time supporters in the audience they recognized from exact venues and even knew some of their twitter handles from seeing them. It was really eye opening and touching to see a band who has had the success Echosmith have had stay so grounded and connected to their fanbase.
The siblings then took to the stage joined by and acoustic guitar and keyboards along with Noah at a beautiful stand up bass and Graham at a drum box to play some music. They kicked off the nearly 20 minute set by performing the new song “Over My Head”, “Tell Her You Love Her”, “Bright” which they switched up for the show mashing it with Snow Patrol’s “Chasing Cars” which they blended brilliantly. The group then thanked the crowd and expressed their joy to see so many familiar faces and gratitude for the support and opportunity to experience such a special kind of performance. As they said farewell for the night, Echosmith capped of the set with their hit “Cool Kids”.
The band sounded phenomenal from all directions and pulled off the stripped-down set perfectly. No special effects, no lighting tricks, just a pure raw performance showcasing the band’s ability to hang with the best-of-the-best. Fans clearly enjoyed the experience as well leaving the venue with smiles, some lucky people who stuck around after the performance were graciously greeted by the siblings who signed autographs and took pictures with all who waited. Like me! All us media people are music fanatics or we wouldn’t do what we do.
You can watch Echosmith’s entire performance and interview now by visiting Parade’s Facebook Page here. To keep up to date with future Backstory Presents events visit the official website at http://backstoryevents.com