I was fortunate enough to see Family of the Year back in…January or so of 2010 when they opened for Mumford & Sons at the Troubadour. Remember when Mumford & Sons played venues like the Troubadour? Unlike some (see: most) opening acts I generally see, these guys stood out as a fun band with a great sound and a lot of potential, coming from my unexperienced opinion. I even liked them enough to purchase, that’s right, purchase, their 2010 EP a day later.
With that said, these guys have been doing LA residencies, touring, and put out a 2011 EP that carries the same fun-loving pop-rock sound. They’re like Fleetwood Mac with more xylophone and less Stevie Nicks, or like Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, except they don’t live on a hippie commune (I assume Edward Sharpe & co live on a hippie commune).
Check out “Chugjug” below, from the 2011 EP. Do I know what that title means? No. Do I care? No. Do I like it? Yep.