New Music To Know: Echosmith Aspires Toward Role Model Status
By Shannon Carlin
A lot of young people in the spotlight don’t want to deal with the pressures that accompany being a “role model,” but Jamie, Noah, Sydney and Graham Sierota — the four siblings who make up the band Echosmith — say they’re up for the challenge. In fact, the California sibs, who range from 14 to 20 years old, hold themselves up to a higher standard because of their younger fans — many of whom aren’t actually younger than the band members themselves.
“I think it’s fun to have fans that are our age because we’re not home a ton and we don’t get to see our friends all the time,” Sydney, the band’s 16-year-old lead singer, told Radio.com. “I like to think I’m making a couple of hundred friends every night. And after the show we get to have these conversations with these kids our own age and for some reason because we’re musicians and close to their age they feel a certain openness with us. I don’t really understand why, but it’s really cool.”
This past summer Echosmith held a spot on the Warped Tour, where they were exposed to a much different crowd than they were used to. “It’s a very eclectic tour…we wouldn’t have been a natural pick,” Jamie, the guitarist and eldest in the family, explained. “At first we were a little hesitant, but we said, ‘Let’s do it, but let’s see if anyone will like us.'”