Friday, November 14, 2014

Echosmith at Webster Hall's Marlin Room

Sydney Sierota
Four siblings born in the 1990s grew up playing musical instruments in a musical household in Los Angeles, California. They formed a pop band called Echosmith in 2009, and their first single, "Tonight We're Making History", was featured in an NBC promotional advertisement for the 2012 Summer Olympics. Lead vocalist Sydney Sierota (17) also plays keyboards. Noah Sierota (18) plays bass. The oldest member, Jamie Sierota (21), plays guitar. The youngest member, Graham Sierota (15), plays drums. Echosmith's debut album, Talking Dreams, was released in October 2013 and spawned a platinum hit in "Cool Kids."

Fresh off the Honda Civic Tour with American Authors, Echosmith tonight was supposed to headline at the Studio at Webster Hall, but the show was moved to the venue's larger Marlin Room. "Last year we played the little room downstairs," Sydney Sierota told the audience. "Not only was it an upgrade … we’re headlining tonight!"

Echosmith's original songs featured melodies and arrangements that recalled 1980s dance-pop bands. The band even covered Talking Heads' "This Must Be the Place" and Modern English's "I Melt With You," songs that were popular a decade before anyone in Echosmith was born. Sydney then introduced their closing song, saying "This song has changed our lives." She dedicated "Cool Kids" to "all the outcasts" and "to anyone who’s ever felt like they didn’t fit in," affirming that "It's okay to accept yourself for who you are and for who you aren't." The band ended its performance with the reggae-tinged "Nothing's Wrong" as an encore. Throughout the night, the band performed with youthful energy and professional showmanship. Safe and simple pop music is not for everyone, but Echosmith did it well.

Echosmith will perform at the Fresh 102.7 Holiday Jam at the Beacon Theater on December 10. Visit Echosmith at www.echosmith.com.