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Music / Echosmith

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The current lineup, from left to right: Graham, Sydney and Noah.
Echosmith is a Band of Relatives from Chino, California. It consists of siblings Sydney (lead vocals, keyboard), Noah (backing vocals, bass), and Graham Sierota (drums). Oldest sibling Jamie (lead guitar, backing vocals) was also a founding member, but departed in 2016. They got their start under the name "Ready Set Go!" and became well-known for their covers of various popular songs, including "Mean" by Taylor Swift and "I Will Wait" by Mumford & Sons. Their first album, Talking Dreams, was released in October 2013, spawning hit singles "Cool Kids", "Bright", and "Let's Love".

Echosmith provides examples of:

  • Audience Participation Song: "Cool Kids" inevitably turns into this at any concert.
  • Band of Relatives: They're all siblings.
  • Bowdlerize: The album version of "Let's Love" is a duet between Sydney and Jamie; later radio versions had Sydney sing Jamie's part, probably to avoid the implications of a brother and sister performing a love song together.
  • Christmas Songs: "Baby Don't Leave Me (All Alone On Christmas)".
  • Dual-Meaning Chorus: The line "And they said..." before the final chorus in "Cool Kids" is referring to the girl and the boy described in the first two verses. However, when you think of the "they" being the cool kids themselves, it changes the chorus' meaning to be about how these so-called cool kids still deal with their own insecurities despite being at the top of the Popularity Food Chain, and how they probably don't even know they're being looked up to.
  • Funny Background Event: The video for "Shut Up and Kiss Me" has the boys doing all sorts of crazy antics in the background, while Sydney sings. Other videos occasionally have similar background frolics.
  • Genki Girl: Given the upbeat nature of most of their songs, Sydney can come off as this. Photos of her from the band's Facebook page support this, as she is rarely seen without a smile or other excited expression.
  • Great Balls of Fire!: The official musical video for "Stuck" has some impressive pyrotechnics, hard to say why, really.
  • Growing Up Sucks: "18" is all about this. The next track on the same album, "Future Me", counters it, arguing that despite the struggles, everything is going to be okay.
  • Lyrical Dissonance: Happy, upbeat melody versus the bitter lyrics of "Lost Somebody". That goes double for the music video filled to the brim with glorious silliness, both in the foreground and back (just look at Graham).
  • Male Band, Female Singer: Two Guys and a Girl following Jamie's departure, with occasional guest guys.
  • New Sound Album: Inside a Dream has a very different sound than Talking Dreams, ditching the guitar-oriented pop-rock for Synth-Pop and taking on more mature subject matter. It does maintain the light-hearted, optimistic tone, though.
  • Prima Donna Director: Graham plays one, briefly, at the end of "Diamonds" video, complete with a painted-on French moustache
  • Reckless Gun Usage: The guns in the Western - themed "Diamonds" video are, thankfully, toys. If they were waving real guns around like that, someone would have lost their nose.
  • Shout-Out: "Lessons" references a number of famous songs:
    • "Every Breath You Take" by The Police.
    • "Little Lies" by Fleetwood Mac.
    • "Sweet Dreams" by Eurythmics.
    • "Wicked Game" by Chris Isaak.
    • "(I Just) Died in Your Arms" by Cutting Crew.
  • Silly Love Songs: Many of their songs, but "Bright" is particularly noticeable.
  • Surreal Music Video: Like, a lot. Theirs are usually Concept Videos in that they seem to have a storyline, but what are they about? Who knows.
  • The End of the World as We Know It: Defied in "March into the Sun":
    This is not the end
    There's no apocalypse.