Los Angeles based four-piece Family Of The Year had a busy 2010. They self-released the EP Through The Trees as a follow up to their debut album Songbook, and were elated to find themselves on a tour with Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros supporting their album. In Europe and the UK, developments were even more extraordinary as they fostered a quickly growing fan base with their first label release Our Songbook (Volvox Records), a full-length comprised of songs from their self-released full-length and EPs.
This past February they embarked upon their first major tour of Europe, playing to sold out crowds in London and Paris, and making visits to national radio outlets like the BBC and Radio Nova in France, where their song “Psyche or Like Scope” was the #1 single for two months. As on air guests, BBC6 invited them to record a beautiful acoustic rendition of their song “Summer Girl” – View Here
Listen: “Psyche Or Like Scope”
With a breakout year in Europe in 2010, Family Of The Year look to translate that success to their homeland in 2011, following the reverse cross Atlantic path many other great American bands have taken in the recent past. This past winter was spent recording their new album with accomplished producer Wally Gagel (Eels, Norah Jones, Old 97s). At SXSW 2011 the band will showcase their new material in anticipation of the album’s release later this year. Show Schedule Below.
Although based in LA, the members of Family Of The Year come from all corners of the country. The band was formed in 2009 around brothers Joe and Sebastian Keefe, who were born in Wales and grew up living year round on Martha’s Vineyard. James Buckey hails from Jacksonville, FL, and Christina Schroeter from Orange County, California.
“Their sprawling debut album, last year’s Songbook, is filled with summery Americana. But the slick, synthy, nocturnal song “Psyche or Like Scope” is a noted exception, and one of the album’s best tunes.” -Spin.com
Watch the video for “Psyche Or Like Scope”
Upcoming Dates and SXSW Schedule:
14 – Tempe, AZ – The Sail Inn
Wed – 3/16 @ Fado’s Irish Pub – 3:45 pm (214 W. 4th St.)
Thu – 3/17 @ CNN Grill – 6:30 pm (Max’s Wine Dive 207 San Jacinto) (Private Event)
Thu – 3/17 @ Lanai Rooftop (Pinpoint Music Showcase) – 10 pm (422 N. Congress Ave.)
Sat – 3/19 @ Emo’s (inside) – 9 pm (603 Red River)
26 – West Hollywood, CA – The Troubadour
California-based sextet Family of the Year digitally self-released their sophomore EP Through the Trees on March 9, 2010 under their own imprint, Washashore Records. The band retains their signature folk-inspired style while pushing the musical genre exploration for which they’re known on the new EP, which also features friend and fan Willy Mason. Through the Trees will be available digitally at www.familyoftheyear.net for $4, or for those who wish to support the independent band further, optional donation. One lucky fan who purchases the EP between 12:01 AM on March 9th and 11:59 PM on March 15th will also be randomly selected to win a Mikey from Blue Microphones, a CD-quality mic that works with iPod/iPhone.
Family of the Year was handpicked by Ben Folds, Keith Lockhart and The Boston Pops to open for their special one-night-only performance at Boston’s famed Symphony Hall, and was recently featured on SPIN.com as one of “CMJÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s must-see bands.” Having recently toured with Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, this March, Family of the Year will next head out to the Canadian Music Festival in Toronto, SXSW in Austin, and return to LA to play a show with Gomez at the El Rey Theatre.
Through the Trees opens with light and beautiful harmonies on acoustic ballad “Hero,” followed by upbeat hand-clapper “Chugjug,” which showcases the group’s spotless vocals on the melodic verses and harmonious choruses led by both lead singers Meredith Sheldon and Joe Keefe. True to their form, Family of the Year eludes a single genre by diving into the “The Barn,” a dark and provocative track featuring synth, bass and fiery guitar riffs. Opposite Keefe and good Family friend Willy Mason, Sheldon’s warm vocals melt into the laid-back, almost reggae “The Princess and the Pea.” The EP closes with “Stairs,” a perfect embodiment of the group’s feel-good vocals and the familiar Family sound.
Family of the Year released their debut EP Where’s the Sun in September 2009, and their debut LP Songbook in November 2009.
“I’d never heard anything like them before. They were so eclectic in the music choices, something like a combination of folk indie rock and the Beach Boys. I was fascinated. They were [Ben FoldsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢] favorite, too.” – Keith Lockhart, Conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra
Ã¢â‚¬Å“A collective that’s equally comfortable harmonizing on ’70s-style Hollywood Hills piano rock as it is churning out urgent, high-tech indie pop.Ã¢â‚¬Â – SPIN.com
Family of the Year live:
Mar 10 2010 Central – Toronto, Ontario
Mar 11 2010 Beachland Ballroom Tavern – Cleveland, Ohio
Mar 12 2010 The Basement – Columbus, Ohio
Mar 13 2010 Beat Kitchen – Chicago, Illinois
Mar 18 2010 Cafe Mundi (SXSW) – Austin, Texas
Mar 19 2010 Maggie MaeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s (SXSW) – Austin, Texas
Mar 19 2010 The Ale House (SXSW) – Austin, Texas
Mar 21 2010 El Rey Theatre with Gomez – Los Angeles, California
Mar 29 2010 Satsang Lounge at Bootleg Theatre – Los Angeles, California
Family Of The Year is an indie pop rock band out of Silverlake, California. They played opening night of CMJ at Crash Mansion on 10/20. The band has sort of a Mamas and the Papas feel to them. Frontwoman Vanessa Jeanne Long was enchanting and playful and the band was pretty solid. We would’ve caught more of their set if they hadn’t taken the stage over 45 minutes after their set time. Also regrettable, the MC who tried doing some standup before the band’s set. The only thing funny he said involved Puerto Ricans in Williamsburg and he ripped on hipsters a little bit (always fun). Anyways, check out some photos below and check out Family Of The Year at http://www.myspace.com/familyoftheyear. (Thanks to Meimi Yeung for the photos).