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 said.
“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 said the band was “just naturally inspired” and let it flow. “Hang Around” is also one of the first songs Echosmith has released that’s been written without outside 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 also self-produced by bassist Noah Sierota with assistant production from their big 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,” added Sydney, who moved from LA to San Diego to live with her husband, Allstar Weekend’s Cameron Quiseng.
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 pop production of the original and adding a bridge. The band revamped the song just as it began trending on TikTok, for which more than 1.3 million videos were made by people using the original song to look back at their younger selves and appreciate how far they’ve come, she said.
“This song has completely defined our career and our lives,” Sydney said.
“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.
If you go:
When: 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18
Where: Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix
Cost: Tickets start at $25