Family Of The Year

Family Of The Year

As with many bands around the world are the roots of Family of the Year in a garage. However, their music is anything other than garage rock. Time after time the band heard acoustic sounds, interwoven with vocal harmonies and structured melodies - a sound that her song "Hero" 2012 made an impressive and popular hit. With the new album, which bears the name of the band, the troops now explores new grounds with sweeping, power full anthems that are perfect for summer music festivals and Road Trips across are the country.

The brothers Sebastian and Joe Keefe did in 2009 in a rented car body repair shop in the sleepy enclave L.A. Rosemead together and wrote first songs with her friends, the keyboardist Christina Schroeter and guitarist James Buckey. The brothers grew up on Martha's Vineyard and first played in bands around Boston, but state, the roots of their music lie in Los Angeles. "Half the people in this band had never been in a", so Joe. "We played at three o'clock in the morning games and drinking cheap wine. It was like a club pub. Musically we wanted to impose no rules. We have renounced us from any pleasing music and included plates for ourselves. "

2011 the band released their debut album Songbook on your own. In 2012, her breakthrough came with the album Loma Vista, which was released at Nettwerk with renowned producer Wally Gagel at the helm. "He transformed a moderate in a hi-fi studio band", so Sebastian. The blend of indie pop ingredients with heartfelt lyrics by Joe provided the band with the pensive, acoustic guitar-heavy single "Hero" a huge hit. The immediate assessment on the part of critics and listeners attended fOr appearances on shows such as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel Live and Conan. Extensive national and international tours followed, where the sound of the band was taken to Europe, where he held in Austria, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland to Top 10 landed. Their songs were like in movies Boyhood played by Richard Linklater, who was nominated for an Oscar and won a Golden Globe. In Germany could Family Of The Year With "Hero" believe it or hold 35 weeks in the charts and to secure a cracking 7th place in the official singles chart. Overall, the song has sold over 300,000 copies, reaching double-platinum status. was also at iTunes "Hero" this country a hit and landed on Ranked # 3 on the charts.

Although the success of "Hero" the band gave a wider audience, he could not be representative for the rest of the band's sound but. "It really many people came to the concerts to us and said, 'OK, we did not know that we see a rock band would' ', so Sebastian.

"Following the success of Hero 'we knew that the new album more people would be heard. We have not tried to make a regressive album or something to revive what we had done in the past. We have simply written as we've always done it. We went into the studio and added songs that were important to us. We have inspired to create something that we love ", Adds Joe added.

The new, named after the band's album is a journey that takes you from the sounds that then arose in the garage in Los Angeles, to a band that enjoyed success both nationally and internationally. Also between the tours took the band nomadic life and rented about Airbnb houses in different parts of Los Angeles, as in Mount Washington, Echo Park, Silver Lake and Highland Park. Meanwhile, they recorded demos and collected songs, which were based on the sound of Loma Vista, as Joe puts it. "I like to write funny things, things that you would not expect from us with crazy ideas text and a mix of unconventional instruments", he explains. "this time it is a darker, more personal plate over problems and people with problems in my life. I honestly wanted to show that in the beauty and sadness lies. " Eventually she moved to hip Kreuzberg to Berlin, where they recorded their music with producer Gagel in the tritone Studios. The studio still houses a vintage analog equipment, from the Joe says it was fundamental for the fuller sound of the new album. But even if the band had their base almost a whole year in Europe, hung Joes heart still at home, caught in the memories of his childhood on Martha's Vineyard and firmly knit community, where he remained in Los Angeles. "It is a L.A. album About Vineyard, which we recorded in Berlin", he jokes.

With supporting beats and driving piano chords is "Make You Mine" an ecstatic ode to summer flirtations that Joe created in memory of his experience on the east coast of the USA. "It's about darkness and light to the winter and summer. I wrote it during a storm, when I visited my mother to Martha's Vineyard. I remember how much we as a teenager looking forward to the summer and as we just tried the cold winter months to Survive. Growing up on an island, the gray and lonely, and then three months beautifully for most of the year and is full of people, was really interesting. "

On "Carry Me" united Joes acoustic folksy fingerpicking guitar playing with his soft voice, before the song turns up with a distorted rock guitar, which underlines the inviting to sing along lyrics: "You got the smile I want to see, you've got the heart to carry me." The euphoric song stands for the combination of the sounds from the past and present and provides smooth Folk hymnic rock opposite. Although the music is uplifting, Joe does indicate that the text is about how friends cope with difficult situations. "There are sometimes hard times or people in our lives who are going through dark times", He explains, "But they have someone who will stand by them and help endure."

From the ascending guitars and driving drums on Sebastians "Face Paint" up to Schroeter slightly funky keyboard sounds on "We Need Love" germinates with the album, the new, sparkling energy of a band to which a rebirth and a realignment has seen - and heard a message in their indie power pop, so Sebastian: "Through music we make peace around with the world around us. Our music will hopefully help people to understand that one can defy expectations at all times, no matter what. It feels like a dream, to become a part of the summer idea of ​​someone else. That's why we do it. "

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