Echosmith’s latest single “Hang Around” has been called a “pop masterpiece.” Singer/keyboardist Sydney Sierota thanks the band’s newfound freedom for the results.
“This song was really fun to make because we really just gave ourselves the freedom to make music without boundaries or telling ourselves, ‘We have to write this kind of song today.’ We just let it flow,” she says via Zoom.
“When you get to be creative with that perspective, it’s so much better. It’s really easy to get in your head about creativity and your ‘job,’ because music is our job. But it’s also a creative thing. There are some days you’re feeling it more than others. And some days, you’re like, ‘I can’t do the creative thing today’ — and that’s OK.”
She says the band was “just naturally inspired” and let it flow. “Hang Around” is also one of the first songs Echosmith has penned without co-writers.
“Hang Around” is a sonic shift, too, a return to their stripped-back roots. With its breezy vocals and delicate guitar tones, “Hang Around” was self-produced by bassist Noah Sierota with help from brother and former band member Jamie Sierota.
“This was the first one that unlocked what we wanted to do musically, which is, of course, a huge moment for any band as you’re making new music and trying to figure out where you want to go with that,” adds Sydney, who moved from LA to San Diego to live with her husband, Allstar Weekend’s Cameron Quiseng.
“We made the demo for it in a day. We listened back to it the next day and we were like, ‘Wait, this feels really cool.’”
Sydney, who was joined in the Zoom call by brother Noah, says the songs they’ve been writing are in line with “Hang Around.” Now the “songs are flowing like crazy.”
“We wrote a lot of songs before we got to ‘Hang Around,’” she adds.
“We were writing a lot during COVID. Now we honestly have too many songs to work with for a full-length album right now — which is a good problem.
“We don’t want to stop ourselves from writing just because we have a lot of songs at this point. But, at a certain point, we will get this finished and narrow down which songs we want to use. They definitely all feel like they’re part of the same family.”
“I think it feels cool because we’ve taken on so much ownership of what we’re doing with how we’re doing it,” he says.
“Because of that, the music that we’re putting out just feels like it’s us, and that feels really important.”
Echosmith is best known for the track “Cool Kids,” which reached No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 and sold over 1.2 million copies in the United States.
The song was Warner Bros. Records’ fifth biggest-selling digital song of 2014, with 1.3 million downloads sold.
Recently, Echosmith released a reimagined version of “Cool Kids,” shedding the glossy production of the original and adding a bridge.
They reconsidered the song: What if “Cool Kids” wasn’t finished yet.
“There was never a bridge,” she says. “It was always this cool instrumental moment and live, when we play that part of the song, that’s usually when I address the crowd and bring them into my story of why I relate to the song and bring them into that.
“It felt like a really cool opportunity to just look at the song again and see if maybe there was something to add. We unexpectedly wrote a new bridge for it. We didn’t go into it thinking, ‘OK, we need to rewrite lyrics.’ We were just playing around and this new bridge just flowed very naturally from us.”
The band revamped the song just as it began trending on TikTok.
More than 1.3 million videos were made by people using the original song to look back at their younger selves and appreciate their evolution, she says.
“This song has completely defined our career and our lives,” Sydney says.
“In so many ways, when the song came back this summer and started going viral on TikTok and Instagram, we were very surprised by it and didn’t really know how or why it happened. I was like, ‘Oh, my gosh, this song came out nine years ago.’
“We wrote it 10 years ago. It made us just take a step back and look at where we’re at as people, as musicians, as a band and as a family.”
WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday, November 18
WHERE: Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Avenue, Phoenix
COST: Tickets start at $25