Echosmith – The Fine Line – Minneapolis, MN – February 21st, 2020
Review and photos by Sophiea Owen
Echosmith came to The Fine Line in Minneapolis on Friday, February 21st on their Lonely Generation Tour, promoting their new album of the same name. It was an all-ages show with a variety of crowd members, but mostly a mix of younger teens and their parents.
The first opener fit right in, as she was Jayden Bartels, a 15-year-old ukulele player/singer-songwriter. Actually known more as an actress than a musician, she looked like she came straight from Youtube. She had a minimal style, but had a quaint and cute charm to her. Most of her songs were about breakups and other standard teen fare. She ingratiated herself to the audience with a fun acoustic cover of Lizzo’s “Truth Hurts.”
Weathers was the next band and it was a drastic change. They practically sauntered onto the stage, all coiffed hair and loose shirts, but with an immediate energy that nearly stole the show. Every song was high-energy, with every member being a joy to watch, and it was a dance party until the end. They were a wonderful mix of solid pop writing and dance rock energy.
You could call Echosmith super cutesy pop on the surface, but the show had a personal and intimate feeling to it behind all of the synths and pop singing. Three of the members are siblings, and it was pretty apparent that they’d all been playing together for a very long time. It felt like the singer, Sydney, made eye contact and pointed at every single person in the room, including me and including all the people in the balcony as well. She squatted down to the audience multiple times to grab hands and sing to the front row, but made everyone feel like they were a part of the show. The Fine Line is a great intimate venue for shows like this, where there is no barricade and you are pretty much up there for all of the action, and the whole band definitely played to that aspect of it. All in all, there was pure joy and fun on the stage from everyone involved.