Photos – Family of the Year at Electric Owl, Vancouver, April 24 2013
– photos by Issha Marie
Family of the Year at Electric Owl in Vancouver April 24 2013.
L.A.-based band released itsÂ debut full-length Loma Vista in the summer of 2012. Songs include “Hero”, “Hey Ma” and “Living On Love”.
Formed in 2009,Â FamilyÂ OfÂ TheÂ YearÂ is Joe Keefe (lead vocals, guitars), Sebastian Keefe (drums, vocals), James Buckey (guitars, vocals) and Christina Schroeter (keyboards, vocals).
According to the band’s bio, “TheÂ membersÂ ofÂ theÂ Los Angeles outfit have formed unbreakable bonds amongst themselves that comes from co-habitating in a run-down house and relying on each other for inspiration and support, leading toÂ theÂ kindÂ ofÂ camaraderie that allows members to finish each other’s sentences.Â Not surprisingly, manyÂ ofÂ theÂ group’s songs feature numerous voices, and more than a few include a chorusÂ of joyous handclaps. Some even sound like they should be sung byÂ theÂ tight-knit group aroundÂ theÂ campfire whileÂ theÂ s’mores are melting andÂ theÂ wine is flowing.”
For their album as well as their live show,Â FamilyÂ OfÂ TheÂ YearÂ has garnered rave reviews from the likes of Entertainment Weekly and other media outlets. For instance:
“Loma VistaÂ is pure pop bliss. Enhanced by Keefe’s acerbic wit, it deserves to appear on manyÂ year-end Top 10 lists.” –Â Huffington Post
“Californian alt-pop at its finest…they’re a vivacious and brilliant evolutionÂ ofÂ the Cali-folk cult. A diamond inÂ theÂ dirt.” –Â Guardian UK
“TheÂ most compelling aspectÂ ofÂ FamilyÂ ofÂ theÂ Year’s live show isÂ theÂ transparencyÂ oftheÂ band members’ genuine affection for each other.Â TheÂ Los Angeles-based indie group weaves together folk influences and male/female vocal harmonies to create a fun, lighthearted brandÂ ofÂ nostalgic rock.” –Â San Francisco Bay GuardianÂ (live review)
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