The Family Band Comes First
Lucky Blue Smith has all his sisters with him in surf rock group The Atomics. We went bowling with the modelling and music making siblings and found out that they’re coming in hot this autumn – with new tunes and an exclusive H&M Magazine style diary.
The kids with the odd names and golden genes need no introduction. Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past two years you’ve most definitely read about them in magazines, seen them in a dozen ads or even given one of them a double-tap on Instagram. They’re best known as social media stars and models – but that’s about to change. Now Starlie (22), Daisy Clementine (20), Pyper America (19,) and Lucky Blue Smith (18) are focusing on making music together as The Atomics.
“Our dad is a musician and he’s taught us everything we know. We got instruments for Christmas when we were kids and have been playing in a band ever since,” they tell H&M Magazine as they’re getting ready to hit the lanes at their favourite bowling alley.
After quite some time on the modelling trail (i.e. travelling non-stop) the quartet are now trying to stay put home in Los Angeles, blocking out days in their calendars to have writing, practicing and recording sessions together.
LUCKY: “We’re going to do a record!”
DAISY: “No, first we’ll be releasing a couple of singles and then a record. But we’re really coming in hot this autumn. It’s been a long time coming and we’re super excited to share our new songs.”
60s surf music with rhythm guitars and harmonies is the main source of inspiration for The Atomics. They describe their sound as high energy with a positive feel. Since Daisy, Pyper and Lucky have spent a lot of time away, Starlie – who’s the oldest and the band’s lead vocalist – is in charge of writing new music together with their dad.
“He played his acoustic guitar and sang us to sleep every night when we were little. If we beg him, he’ll still do that sometimes,” they say laughing.
Lucky is obsessed with breeding fish! He has nurseries and all the gadgets he needs.
Starlie, Daisy and Pyper
Putting a successful family band together in 2016 is not an easy task – if it ever was. The success formula includes timing and demand, talent, mentoring, image and fan connection. The Atomics have all of the above, but perhaps more than anything they have a connection to their fans. At which Lucky is a champion. His devoted fans, called Lucky Charms, follow his every step on social media, send him presents and meet up with him when he tells them where he’s at.
DO YOU EVER GET ANNOYED AT YOUR BROTHER’S FANS?
PYPER: “No, we think it’s cool. And it’s never annoying. You can’t get annoyed at people for liking you – it’s just nice.”
HAVE YOU EVER HAD A NUTTY FAN SCARE YOU?
LUCKY: “No, nothing really crazy. Or there was one time at the airport in Shanghai… I had just landed for the first time in China and a girl showed up in a wedding dress, with a bouquet of flowers and a tiara. She thought it was her wedding that day and that she was getting married to me.”
WHAT DID YOU TELL HER?
“I didn’t say anything and kind of just got in the car…”
WHAT’S THE WEIRDEST THING YOU’VE EVER BEEN SENT?
“Once a girl gave me chicken feet. That was weird. Usually I get a lot of candy and stuffed animals.”
When the siblings aren’t modelling, making music or receiving chicken feet from fans, they hang out with their friends and family at home, at the beach, at the cinema or at the bowling alley.
HAS BECOMING FAMOUS CHANGED YOUR RELATIONSHIPS TO EACH OTHER?
“No they haven’t changed because of that. The thing that’s changing our relationships is that we’re getting older. Because we’re growing up.”
The Smith family hails from a small town in Utah and are Mormon – something that’s often a topic in interviews. This one is no exception.
DO YOU EXPERIENCE A LOT OF PRECONCIEVED IDEAS OF WHAT IT MEANS TO BE MORMON?
DAISY: “Sometimes, but that’s just how it is I guess. I think it’s pretty easy for people to figure out – after talking to us for five minutes – what is true and what is not true. When people ask us we answer and set the record straight.”
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO YOU?
“It just helps me stay grounded. People are generally trying to find something that makes them happy and that has a purpose. We’ve found that in our religion. What’s different is that we don’t drink alcohol, smoke or drink coffee. To me it’s just so normal. It’s just guidelines and having addictions is proven not to be good for you – so we just don’t do it.”
From today onwards, The Atomics will update their style diaries every third week here on H&M Magazine. We ask them questions on where they are, what they’re up to, how the music is going – and what outfits from H&M Divided that they’ve chosen and how they’ve styled them.