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Up-and-Comers: Family Of the Year

Sporting an indie-folk vibe with a distinct West Coast flavor, Family of the Year is one of those DIY bands that has been building a solid following with little more than hard work, lots of touring…and most importantly, some really, really good music. In fact, chances are you’ve already heard them. If you watch any television, you’ve likely seen Advil commercials, and heard the catchy “La-la-la-la-la” chorus in the background. That’s Family of the Year—more specifically, their song “Chugjug.”

That song is actually a good representation of this band’s overall sound, combining pop and folk elements with lots of catchy group vocals. Rather than focusing on experimental sounds and breaking convention, this band has carved out a niche by creating just plain good, fun music that combines elements of the past and the present in a way that makes them feel both authentic and current. I don’t know if they intend this or not, but the end result for me is just “feel good” music. Seriously, I can’t listen to them without smiling.

Family of the Year have continued to gain steam on the momentum from their July 2012 release Loma Vista, and in particular their single “Hero,” which is getting a lot of Internet buzz these days. Softer and more ballad-like than a lot of their other stuff, this song is beautiful, moving and haunting, and is rapidly becoming a favorite on my playlist. Take a listen and see what you think!


About the Author


Growing up in Portland, Oregon, Kim Phelps found her inspiration and love for music listening to local bands play in the coffeehouses around town. She soon found her own voice as a singer-songwriter, and eventually began playing her own gigs in the coffee shops. Her personal influences include Ani DiFranco, Indigo Girls, Ingrid Michaelson and Cat Power, but as an indie musician herself, she has an affinity for any band or artist who pursues creative freedom on the outskirts of the music industry. As our Indie correspondent, Kim makes a point of highlighting up-and-coming independent acts who are creating a buzz and building an audience. When she's not blogging for us or playing in the coffee shops, Kim works as a barista herself to help pay the bills. She currently lives in Seattle, Washington.

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