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Echosmith at the Magic Stick, 3 Things to Know

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

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The family that plays together stays together -- at least that’s the case for Echosmith.

Rather than the battling siblings of other well-known rock bands, the California trio of Sydney Sierota and her brothers Noah and Graham has been playing for nearly 10 years, with a single, 2013’s “Cool Kids,” that went trip-platinum and a debut album, “Talking Dreams,” that hit No. 1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart.

The success has kept Echosmith steadily on the road, and the Sierotas are back out again with a new single, “Over My Head,” and a sophomore album due out later this year...

• Echosmith released an “Inside A Dream” EP last year, as well as a Christmas EP, and singer-keyboardist Sydney Sierota says that even in small batches any fresh material is welcome. “It’s exciting to have new music in general, no matter what form it comes in,” she says by phone. “When you’re on tour you want to get to play new songs for people instead of playing the same set we’ve been playing for four or five years. But we’re so excited for the next album and to finally be able to share the next phase of Echosmith.”

• Sierota says the group’s next album , as yet untitled, is “in its final stages” and notes that the “Over My Head” single “is a great reference to show what direction the album is going on.” The group has recorded 20-25 songs, she says, and collaborators include former My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way and Switchfoot frontman Jon Foreman. “It is still the same band using a bunch of organic instruments -- real drums, real bass, real guitar. But we’re evolving and using other things to express our sound and what the band is becoming. But it feels good. I’m glad we took the extra time to work on it so it can be exactly what we want it to be.”

• Though there are “moments” when the Sierotas “get super mad at each other,” the sibling dynamic tends to be positive. “I think we have a couple things that keep us together and getting along,” Sydney says. “Our parents actually tour with us; Dad is manager, mom is tour manager. We’ll still fight about things ‘cause we’re family, but we love each other so much we try to work out all the problems, and we’re intentional about having real quality time with each other so that we continue to enjoy each other’s presence and enjoy being on stage together. So we’re actively working on our friendship with each other as well as the music.”

If You Go:

• Echosmith and Jena Rose

• Wednesday, April 18. Doors open at 7 p.m.

• The Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit.

• Tickets are $24 in advance, $29 day of show.

• Call 313-833-9700 or visit majesticdetroit.com.

Web Site: www.majesticdetroit.com

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