Pyper America, Starlie, Daisy Clementine and Lucky Blue Smith of The Atomics are ready to blow up the music world.
“We can just groove together because we know each other so well,” says Pyper America Smith, bassist for the Atomics, the band she and her three siblings formed together in the family basement. It’s the morning before a show in their home state of Utah, and it’s clear that none of the musical clan are remotely nervous; after all, we’re talking about a quartet who are as comfortable on stage as they are in front of a camera, modeling for the world’s biggest fashion brands.
At 18 years old and a strapping 6-foot-2, drummer Lucky Blue is perhaps the most famous and also the youngest of the Smith family. He is known for his electric-blond hair and his 2.5 million Instagram followers—a group that dubs themselves “Lucky Charms,” who follow his every modeling move, including campaigns for Tom Ford, Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger. Then there are his older sisters: Pyper, 19, who often shares the modeling spotlight with her brother; guitarist Daisy Clementine, 21, the first of the genetically blessed family to be discovered as a model; and the eldest, raven-haired Starlie, 23, whose sole focus has always been a career in music.
The idea to start a family band began in 2004, when their semiprofessional musician father, Dallon, gave all four children instruments as part of a rock-’n’-roll-themed Christmas. Starlie, who used to put on living-room performances set to Britney Spears songs for the family, was an easy front-runner for lead vocals. Mom Sheridan, a former model, would customize and tailor pieces for their wardrobes—though these days, the siblings are sartorially well-versed enough that they steer a lot of their own style choices.
Inspired by the music played on their parents’ car stereo—the Ventures, Dick Dale, Agent Orange, the Beach Boys and the Surfaris—the Atomics began practicing covers. In 2009, they played their first gig, a summer car show in their town of Spanish Fork. A year later at age 14, Daisy was discovered at a casting call in Salt Lake City, and that summer, the family took a vacation to Los Angeles for Daisy to do some test shoots and meet her modeling agency, Next Management.
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Photography by Mary McCartney.
Styling by Alison Edmond.
Written by Jonathan Hey.