There are some bands out there where you just feel like a proud parent as they grow in their respective music scene. Previously, I had seen our modern incarnation of a family band, Echosmith at Warped Tour and Life Is Beautiful Festival respectively. The reception grew with each stop as the group’s take on ’80s dance rock always had at least 3/4ths of the audience dancing. Echosmith literally have sold out all the concert rooms of Webster Hall, which is an impressive feat. Few bands make it out of the Marlin Room to the Grand Ballroom and alas, there we were.
You would think that there would be mostly female fans in the crowd, but there was actually a good mix. A few couples on dates and a few hipsters afoot. Everybody was loose and ready to dance. The first band who was on was an indie pop band from California called The Colourist. They played a pretty energetic ten-song set with a couple new songs mixed in with tracks from their self-titled debut; “Yes Yes” and “Fix This”, to name a couple. Fans were engaged, especially with the last song, “We Won’t Go Home”. Vocalist/guitarist Adam Castilla and drummer/vocalist Maya Tuttle sounded pretty good together in harmony as the Grand Ballroom has a broad song that makes every facet of a song sound big.
Echosmith took the stage in a fun, but businesslike fashion opening up with songs like “Ran Off in the Night” and “Let’s Love”. Lead singer Sydney Sierota was very charismatic, often holding out her mic to let the fans sing along. There was even a point near the end of the show where she polled the audience about the infamous “blue and black” dress that was plaguing the internet. The brothers Noah and Jamie Sierota would come together at points in the set and jam out.
The band played for an hour with a set list that covered their 2013 debut album, Talking Dreams. There was even a snippet of an “Uptown Funk” cover in there as well. By the time the band played their massive hit “Cool Kids”, the majority of fans were still prepared to dance the night away singing the chorus in unison. From the looks of it, a sold out show can’t be wrong and Echosmith doesn’t have to wish anymore, they are already cool.