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Family of the Year

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Family of the Year is an American indie rock band based in Los Angeles, California consisting of members Joseph Keefe vocals/guitar, Sebastian Keefe drums/vocals, James Buckey guitar/vocals, and Christina Schroeter keyboard/vocals Their music uses melodic male/female vocal harmonies and folk tale-style lyrics Their 2012 song "Hero" was featured in Richard Linklater's 2014 film Boyhood and became a top 10 hit in Austria, Belgium, Germany, and Switzerland


  • 1 Origins of members
  • 2 Career
  • 3 Discography
  • 4 Appearances in popular media
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links

Origins of members

Though Family of the Year is currently based in Los Angeles, California, brothers Joseph and Sebastian Keefe were born in Massachusetts, spent their teenage years in Wales, and eventually moved to Martha's Vineyard James Buckey is from Jacksonville, Florida, while Christina Schroeter is from Orange County, California Prior to forming Family of the Year, members Joseph Keefe and Sebastian Keefe enjoyed local Boston success in previous bands Unbusted and The Billionaires


Family of the Year self-released their debut EP Where's the Sun on their Washashore imprint in September 2009 The EP includes "Let's Go Down", "Castoff", "Summer Girl", "What a Surprise", and "Psyche or Like Scope"

In October 2009, they were picked out of 700 artists by Ben Folds and Keith Lockhart to open for Ben and The Boston Pops at Symphony Hall Shortly after, the band flew west for California shows with Bell X1 before returning east for the CMJ Music Marathon, marking Family of the Year’s New York debut SPIN selected the band as one of 25 Must-Hear Artists from the 2009 CMJ Festival In November 2009, they hit the road with Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros in support of their debut album, Songbook

In November 2009, the band released their debut full-length album titled Songbook

In January 2010, the band announced the release of an exclusive song for every month of that year through their e-mail list and followed that with the digital release of their second EP Through the Trees on March 9 under their own imprint, Washashore Records

Joseph Keefe at Southside Festival 2014 in Neuhausen ob Eck

Family of the Year has been recognized for independent fundraising Donation-based sales for the band's first EP Where's the Sun helped fund the recording of their debut LP Songbook, and the band has funded touring through online merchandise sales of items like postcards

In July 2012, the band released their second album Loma Vista with Nettwerk Records, produced by Wally Gagel With the release, the band has been included in a number of emerging artist features on MTV, USA Today, Entertainment Weekly, Paste, Billboard, Amazon, KCRW, and Interview The album peaked at #35 on Billboard's Top Heatseekers Chart

With their second single, "Hero", Family of the Year has made a run of late-night TV appearances on shows including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Conan, and two episodes of Last Call with Carson Daly The single peaked at #12 on the Billboard Alternative Songs Chart At radio, "Hero" reached #1 on the Triple A Top 30 Radio Chart and Top 15 at Alternative Radio The song was prominently used in Richard Linklater's Oscar-nominated 2014 film Boyhood

The group has shared the stage with a variety of artists, including fun, Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Walk the Moon, Good Old War, Grouplove, Atlas Genius and others With their first headline tour of 2013, the band sold out shows across the country, including New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Indianapolis, Nashville, Denver, Portland and more Often joining them on the road is touring bassist Alex Walker

On June 8, 2015, the band released the lead single "Make You Mine" from its self-titled album, which itself was released on September 4, 2015 Pretty Much Amazing called the record "broad and accessible"

The band has been a mainstay of summer festivals, including Lollapalooza, Summerfest, Downsview, BottleRock Napa Valley, Guinness Oyster & Music Festival, Launch Sacramento, Mariposa Folk Festival, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, and others


Main article:Family of the Year discography
  • Songbook 2009
  • Loma Vista 2012
  • Family of the Year 2015

Appearances in popular media

Sebastian Keefe and Joseph Keefe appeared in a scene of the non-scripted dramatic feature Hurricane Emma aka I'm on Fire, directed by Alex Cassun and starring former Family of the Year band mate Vanessa Long James Buckey also worked on the movie, engineering the ADR recording

The group's song "Hero" was used in the 2012 motion picture Thanks for Sharing and the trailers for the 2014 film Boyhood, as well as during the film itself Additionally, it has been featured in several television appearances, including Girls, Underemployed, World of Jenks, Couples Therapy, Degrassi:The Next Generation, the 2014 Korean drama It's Okay, That's Love, and the Chinese web series Addicted

The song "Buried" is featured on Being Human The song "The Stairs" is featured on Suburgatory, and the song "Find It" has been featured on Emily Owens, MD and World of Jenks

The song "Carry Me" premiered on Girls, season 4 season finale, episode 10 "Home Birth"


  1. ^ Geslani, Michelle "Family of the Year Premieres Lovely New Song 'Give a Little' — listen" Consequence of Sound Archived from the original on 12 August 2015 Retrieved 6 July 2017 
  2. ^ a b Lopez, Korina 27 April 2013 "On the Verge:Family of the Year finds fan in Tyler" USA Today 
  3. ^ "Harmonious Family of the Year" SF Examiner 
  4. ^ "25 Must-Hear Artists from the CMJ Festival" SPIN 
  5. ^ "Video Premiere:Family Of The Year, 'Hero'" MTV Buzzworthy Blog 
  6. ^ "15 Artists To Watch" Entertainment Weekly 
  7. ^ "Infographic:13 Emerging Bands for 2013" Paste 
  8. ^ "Bubbling Under:Family Of The Year Keeps Radio's Folk Revival Rolling" Billboard 
  9. ^ "Family of the Year "Hero" - Live at Amazon" Video 
  10. ^ "Family of the Year:Local Band We Love" KCRW 
  11. ^ "Discovery:Family of the Year" Interview 
  12. ^ "Family Of The Year Perform Live From 987-FM's Penthouse" Retrieved 2 August 2013 
  13. ^ "Family of the Year | Awards | AllMusic" Retrieved 3 August 2013 
  14. ^ "Chart Moves:Jonas Brothers Return To Hot 100; Little Wings Fly to New US Heights; Anna Kendrick's 'Pitch Perfect' Song Wins Over Radio" Billboard 
  15. ^ "Alex Walker Interview:From New York To LA" Guitar International Archived from the original on 2014-01-06 
  16. ^ http://prettymuchamazingcom/reviews/family-of-the-year-2015
  17. ^ "I'm on Fire" IMDB 
  18. ^ "Being Human - Season 3 Episode 12 -"Always A Bridesmaid, Never Alive"" TuneFind 
  19. ^ "Suburgatory - Season 1 Episode 20 - "Hear No Evil"" TuneFind 
  20. ^ "Family of the Year" TuneFind 
  21. ^ "Exclusive:'Girls' to Premiere New Tracks by St Vincent, Grimes and Family of the Year"" Billboard 

External links

  • Official website

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