Echosmith and The Colourist at Visulite Theatre 2.25.15

By Patrick Bogans Photo by Eric Cutchin

February 27, 2015

A good bit of Charlotte traveled through hell and high water to get to the Echosmith show at The Visulite on Wednesday night.

Charlotteans and surrounding area residents eagerly hit the slush and snow covered roads at the snow storm’s peak hour. Echosmith, who played a small show in New York just hours earlier, took a private jet down to the Queen City to end their night in the winter wonderland. The Colourists, supporting band for the evening, had never been to the QC, let alone the state before last night’s show. But the sold out show still managed to gather a good amount of risk-taking music lovers for a comfy and warm night at The Visulite Theatre.

The Colourist photo by Eric Cutchin

The Visulite was full of cool kids, that terrible high school type, and the parents who braved the icy sheets falling from the sky. Passionate young adults livened up the rest of the venue to make for a decent crowd size by the beginning of The Colourist’s set. The four-piece rock band led by Adam Castilla and Maya Tuttle brought their Paramore-meets-Walk-The-Moon vibe to the shivering crowd. Their groovy and fun songs warmed up the crowd nicely.

The band is surprisingly soft-spoken on stage, thanking the crowd in a subdued yet earnest manner. What made them stand out from the similar bands that have likely hit Visulite were the talents they presented. Maya Tuttle is a lead singer who also plays the drums. It was a unique set-up that brought the drums to the forefront of the stage while Adam Castilla rocked his guitar and delivered strong vocals. Castilla and Tuttle bounced off of one another throughout the night, even though she was sitting down.

Adam Castilla of The Colourist photo by Eric Cutchin

The Colourist is the kind of band that you’d hear on a visually satisfying Apple commercial, then ask your friend if they knew the who the band was, and before you know it, their single and album are plastered up on the mainstream charts.

And then, out came the Cool Kids: Echosmith.

Echosmith photo by Eric Cutchin

The large ECHOSMITH sign that stood above the stage finally illuminated and Sydney Sierota and her brothers jumped to the stage to bring their debut album Talking Dreams to life. Lesser known tracks like “Let’s Love” and “Come Together” started their set, and admittedly, it took a little while for them to find their groove. From soft vocals to a relatively flat sound, something was off at first. But oddly it only added to their awkward charm and whatever was off was soon turned on.

Echosmith really hit their stride after the larger elements were stripped down during their performances of “Tell Her You Love Her” and “Bright,” the calmer and softer songs from the album. The innocence and beauty of Sierota’s voice was magnified boldly in these tracks, mixed with light chord progressions and taps upon the drums.

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Sydney Sierota of Echosmith photo by Eric Cutchin

When the band kicked it back in high gear, they knew they were nailing it and didn’t hold back at all. Their next performance of the upbeat “Come With Me,” was leveled back down again with songs like “We’re Not Alone” and “Surround You.” And then came what all the kids were waiting for: “Cool Kids.” Echosmith did not fail at bringing the radio hit live on stage with a mix of elongated choruses and crowd-interactive singing. When Sydney beat on her drum, she made the stage her own, and the crowd gave her high-energy feedback that was present nearly all night along. After their powerful encore performance of “Nothing’s Wrong,” the band hopped off the stage, just like that.

Echosmith photo by Eric Cutchin

The combination of these acts is like a good champagne: bubbly, surprisingly strong, and intoxicating. And for those who made the trek to Charlotte that Wednesday night, Echosmith and The Colourist were a nice, calm insert into a chaotic night in the city.

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