Indie rock collective Family Of The Year were recently the featured guests at 98.7-FM's Penthouse, an exclusive concert series hosted by Los Angeles-based radio station KYSR-FM at the historic Hollywood Tower in Hollywood, Calif. Before an intimate crowd, Family Of The Year performed a set featuring tracks from their sophomore album, Loma Vista, including "Buried" and "Hero."
Prior to the performance, the Los Angeles-based band participated in an exclusive interview with GRAMMY.com and discussed their latest album, Loma Vista.
"We recorded [Loma Vista] with our friend and producer Wally Gagel," said Family Of The Year drummer Sebastian Keefe. "It was the first time we ever worked in a real studio, on one album, as a band."
Comprising brothers Joseph (vocals) and Sebastian Keefe, Jamesy Buckey (guitar), and Christina Schroeter (keyboards), Family Of The Year have drawn comparisons to the likes of the Smiths, the Byrds and Fleetwood Mac. The band released their debut album, Songbook, in 2009. That same year they hit the road opening for GRAMMY winners Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros. Following the debut of Songbook, Family Of The Year released a collection of EPs — Through The Trees (2010), St. Croix (2011) and Diversity (2012) — before releasing Loma Vista in 2012.
Produced by Gagel (Muse, Rihanna, Rolling Stones), Loma Vista — described by the band as a "lively slice of indie, dance- and psych-rock" — peaked at No. 35 on Billboard's Top Heatseekers chart. The album features the single "Hero," which peaked at No. 12 on Billboard's Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart. Family Of The Year are currently in the midst of a North America tour, including a stop at Lollapalooza in Chicago on Aug. 3.