When artists score popular, hit-packed debuts — like Chino, Calif. family band Echosmith did with the pop-punky “Talking Dreams” in 2013 — they often strike while the iron is hot with a perfunctory follow-up release. But the Sierota clan, led by vocalist Sydney, who turns 21 on April 21, is still polishing its long-delayed sophomore album, due out this summer. Patience is a virtue, she says. It’s exemplified the new keyboard-based single “Over My Head,” a bubbly slice of tropical R&B that shows a remarkable growth and maturity. “Our record is going to be worth the wait,” she adds.
Five years is an eternity in showbiz. What have you gone through?
A lot has happened in the past five years, and just growing up was the hardest thing in the world for me, because 16 to 21 is definitely a hard time anyway. So there have been some hard times, even the past two years we spent creating this second album and just going through the process of figuring out who we were outside of Jamie, our older brother and our guitar player, who left to take care of his new baby. First of all, we were extremely bummed out that our brother was leaving the band. And secondly, we went through the super-hard phase of, “Who are we without him? What do we want to sound like?” But we’re really happy with the music and how it turned out.
What wrong paths did you take as a trio?
We tried so many different things, and there was a lot of experimenting, of course, as we were trying to discover who we were. So there were some paths that we went down that were too pop, or too surface-y. But it’s always been very important to our band to have a message, to have a purpose to what we do, and it’s easy to forget that and go down that path of, “Oh, I’m just going to sing about feeling good.” Which is not exactly who this band is. But we quickly realized that, and we got rid of all those songs.
Writing “Talking Dreams,” you were only 15 and love was this dreamy concept. But now you’ve actually experienced it with your boyfriend, Allstar Weekend’s Cameron Quiseng.
So the writing now is really different, because when we talked about love on the first album, it was Jamie talking about his girlfriend, or me dreaming of what love would be like according to the movie “The Notebook.” So now I can talk about my own experiences, because we’ve been dating for nearly three years. And that’s a long time for someone my age, right?
IF YOU GO
Where: Regency Ballroom, 1300 Van Ness Ave., S.F.
When: 8 p.m. April 4
Tickets: $24 to $30
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