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Interview:
Harmony reigns on the road for Echosmith siblings
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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Three brothers and a sister touring together for the better part of two years could be a recipe for disaster.

But in the case of California's Echosmith -- which plays Saturday, March 7, at the Shelter in Detroit -- sibling harmony reigns.

"We have our moments," concedes bassist Noah Sierota, 19, who formed Ecosmith with older brother and guitarist Jamie and younger siblings Sydney (vocals) and Graham (drums) in 2009. "We're not trying to kill each other and be super angry all the time. I think when you're with people as much as we are, whether you're related or not, you're going to have moments.

"But it generally works out well. And we're enjoying ourselves, so it's nice."

The Sierotas have every reason to be happy these days. The quartet's debut album "Talking Dreams" debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's heatskeers chart when it was released during October of 2013, launching the single "Cool Kids" -- which was recently covered on "Glee." That's given Ecosmith enough stature to be on its own headlining tour now, which Noah says is an important next step in the band's rise.

"It's not like we're playing for other people's crowds now," he notes. "We're bringing these kids in and they're wanting to see US play. So that's exciting. Only one show so far hasn't sold out, and that alone has been so amazing. To have all these people come and sing along to our songs and want to meet us afterwards, that's provably the most exciting thing that's happened to us."

Ecosmith released a new single, "Bright," but the group knows that "Talking Dreams" is getting a bit long in the tooth. The band will be on the road for much of the year, but Sierota says he and his siblings are already starting to work on new material.

"We literally just started that," he reports. "The way we write, we all have different ideas and then bring them together and build songs from there. But we've been in hotel rooms, 'Here's this song I've been working on...,' so we're getting the process going. But we have to talk more about what we're going to do next, when we're going to start and all of that."

Echosmith and The Colourist

Saturday, March 7. Doors open at 8 p.m.

The Shelter, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit.

Tickets are $19.

Call 313-961-6358 or visit www.saintandrewsdetroit.com.


Web Site: www.saintandrewsdetroit.com

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