Live Music Review: Echosmith at The Barfly, Camden
Camden’s Barfly played host to LA band Echosmith last night, as they performed a sold-out gig to excited fans.
The venue was packed and the atmosphere was lively as the four-piece band took to the stage. Opening trackCome Together really got the crowd bouncing and singing along with its fast paced intro and catchy melodies. This song was made for radio airplay; it’s unsurprising then, that it’s already attracted 1.9 million views on YouTube, and counting.
Before playing the second track there was a quick introduction of the band members including front woman Sydney, Jamie on guitar, Noah on bass and 15-year-old drummer Graham. The Californian band have sold out numerous headline tours in the US – but this was their first time playing in the UK, with Sydney stating they were “happy” to be in London.
The next track to be performed was Talking Dreams, which is also the name of their debut album – which will be released in the UK on December 29. It didn’t take long for the audience to start clapping in time with the enchanting front woman. The band’s youthful enthusiasm was infectious, their charisma and passion permeating through the London venue.
Safest Place showcased Sydney’s vocals, which conjure noticeable comparisons to Paramore’s Hayley Williams. The song’s lyrics revealed the band’s poetic and imaginative side, while also displaying a level of maturity found in more established artists such as Joy Division, The Killers and The Smiths.
Track list highlights of the night included the acoustic Tell Her You Love Her, which slowed down the pace and provided a well-needed breather, while Cool Kids was the complete opposite, showing the band’s versatility and range.
Having already achieved mainstream success with Cool Kids in the US, the quartet are now making a name for themselves here in the UK. Being so young, Echosmith still have a long way to go before they develop a sound that’s totally their own, but they’re certainly an exciting band to keep on your musical radar.