Echosmith brought the ‘Cool Kids’ to Lindenwood

Photo by Mai Urai From left, Joshua Murty, Graham Sierota, Sydney Sierota and Noah Sierota shine "bright" on the Lindenwood Theater stage
Photo by Mai Urai
From left, Joshua Murty, Graham Sierota, Sydney Sierota and Noah Sierota shine “bright” as Echosmith on the Lindenwood Theater stage

Jazmin del Angel Reporter
Feb. 24, 2016; 6:30 p.m.

The “cool kids” of Lindenwood University and the St. Charles community enjoyed this year’s spring concert with Echosmith, hosted by the Campus Activities Board.

The Los Angeles-based Sierota siblings (vocalist Sydney, bassist Noah and drummer Graham) took the Lindenwood Theater stage of the J. Scheidegger Center Tuesday, Feb. 23 with guitarist Joshua Murty filling in for the eldest sibling, Jamie, who was off on paternity leave.

The siblings formed Echosmith nine years ago having grown up in a musical environment.

Photo  by Mai Urai Vocalist Sydney kept the crowd's hands in the air
Photo by Mai Urai
Vocalist Sydney kept the crowd’s hands in the air

“We were all playing music just growing up since we were really little,” said Sydney.

Echosmith has toured the globe since releasing their debut album, “Talking Dreams”, in 2013, which Noah described as an “endless family road trip.”

“It’s fun to have people you know so well to travel around the world with,” he said. “When you travel you get to meet awesome people.”

The band has also had the opportunity of touring with other notable artists such as Twenty One Pilots, Owl City and Taylor Swift.

“We’ve gotten to play with some amazing people that we are huge fans of,” Sydney said. She also perceived that each artists’ crowd is different and thinks that makes it really fun for them and ultimately makes the show great.

Sydney and Noah’s favorite locations include Italy and Japan, for the food, as well as Manila and Singapore because of their amazing crowds. They also find St. Louis audiences to be very unique and “sweet,” as Sydney described, having performed in the area a few times before.

Photo by Mai Urai Noah spun his bass around the stage sporadically throughout the set
Photo by Mai Urai
Noah spun his bass around the stage sporadically throughout the set

“This part of the country, in general, I feel like there is a totally different vibe, which is awesome,” the singer and model said. “I feel like there is an extra state of excitement here, which is awesome for us. We love that.”

Noah also noticed that Midwest audiences tend to be very loyal, mentioning how after one of their first shows in the area, the crowd would stick around for a while.

Sydney managed to keep the Lindenwood audience engaged, encouraging them to dance and keep their hands up. They even invited four members of the audience to dance on stage with them during a performance of “Come with Me” in the middle of the set.

In between songs, Sydney tried to convey to the audience the messages behind them. Arguably the most touching moment was during the concluding performance of their biggest hit, “Cool Kids.” Sydney described the song as an encouragement to love and accept oneself.

Echosmith’s mission to get students to have fun was accomplished.

“’Bright’ was my favorite song and I liked how [Sydney] got everybody going with her clapping and her dancing and her jumping,” said student Katelyn Marshall. “It was fantastic. I had a great time, it was a blast!”

Photo by Mai Urai Graham pounded away on his drum set, keeping the rhythm steady
Photo by Mai Urai
Graham pounded away on his drum set, keeping the rhythm steady

Echosmith is also in the process of recording their sophomore album.

“We are definitely exploring more in the ‘Cool Kids’ vein, but enhanced,” Sydney said. “We are still sort of discovering it right now as we are recording and writing… It will be a little different, but still Echosmith.”

She added with a laugh, “We are three or four years older than we were when we did the other album. It is going to be hopefully more mature in some way.”

The group also lent a word of advice for Lindenwood students to follow their dreams.

“Have patience,” Sydney said. “This has been nine years in the making, and I feel like it just started to really pick up, which is awesome.”

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