On Thursday, we had what we referred to as our “first official concert of 2015”. Now, technically we’ve already been to a show (when we saw Wynton Marsalis in February), but since that was a sit-down, out-of-our-normal-genre show, it didn’t really count.
So we kicked off the 2015 concert season with Echosmith!
Noah, Sydney, Jamie, and Graham
They’re a Californian band of four siblings, and if you think they look young, you’re right. The oldest, Jamie, is 21, and the youngest, Graham, is 16. Which basically means that 3/4 of the audience felt old, myself included.
The opening band, The Colourist, was very good. We saw them last year when they opened for Panic! at the Disco, and I remember being impressed by their female singer-drummer. They worked really well as the opener for this tour, because they have a similar sound to Echosmith.
Echosmith came out just after 7:30pm, and they were excellent. They’re young, but they’re so talented and they sold out the Mod Club, which is super impressive considering it was their first headlining tour.
I think it’s really cute that they’re siblings and their familial bond makes for tight-knit, energetic performances. There were no blips or awkward moments and, while they didn’t talk too much, they made sure to show their enthusiasm and gratitude to the audience.
Plus they brought out a giant cello for “Bright”! More bands need to bring out classical instruments because it’s awesome.
Ro and I were especially excited to hear “Cool Kids” which is ridiculously catchy, and they made it even better by introducing the song with a talk about how it’s okay to be yourself and how you can achieve happiness when you accept “who you are and who you’re not”. It was a sweet, uplifting moment, and I’m really glad they took the time to boost their fans’ confidence.
My favourite moment came at the very end. When they left the stage for the encore, I turned to Ro and said, “They can’t possibly leave, they haven’t played ‘Nothing’s Wrong’ yet.” And lo and behold, a minute later, they came back out and said, “We have one more song for you. This is called ‘Nothing’s Wrong’!” and I screamed and I’m pretty sure no one else did, but that’s okay because I was really excited and the song lived up to my expectations.
And then it was over and it was only 9pm. So sure, it was an early show, but I didn’t actually mind because secretly I’m 85 years old and I just want to be in bed by 10pm.
In all seriousness, it was a fantastic show, and I highly recommend giving Echosmith a listen, especially if you’re a fan of Two Door Cinema Club, Bombay Bicycle Club, or even Taylor Swift. This band will probably make it big in a couple of years and I encourage you to keep an eye on them.