Blondfire

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Blondfire
Also known as Astaire
Origin New York City
Genres Indie pop, electronica, alternative rock, dance
Years active 2004–present
Labels Warner Bros., Primary Wave
Associated acts Ivy
Website blondfire.com
Members

Blondfire is an indie pop band from Los Angeles whose music is written and produced by the brother-and-sister duo of Bruce and Erica Driscoll.[1][2]

Childhood[edit]

Bruce and Erica Driscoll were born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan,[3] to an American father and a Brazilian mother. They spent many summers in northern Brazil, and are citizens of both countries. Both cite Antonio Carlos Jobim, Caetano Veloso, and Astrud Gilberto as musicians that they listened to often while growing up.[4] In high school, Erica, Bruce, and their older sister Monica formed the band Nectar and eschewed classes to tour nationally.[5][6][7]

Astaire[edit]

Erica and Bruce formed Astaire and toured locally behind songs recorded in the basement of their parents' home. During this time the siblings were featured in many music and fashion publications, such as z!nk, America, YRB, College Music Journal, and Entertainment Weekly.[8] The Driscolls relocated to New York City and recorded "Weightless" with Ivy's Andy Chase.[9] They released their first EP, Don't Whisper Lies,[5] on their own record label, Wax Divine.

The EP's single, "L-L-Love" became an iTunes Free Single of the Week and the band embarked on a national tour with Ivy, Robbers on High Street, and Stars.[10][11]

In the middle of the tour, the Driscolls were contacted by the representatives of the estate of Fred Astaire, asking the band to stop using the name immediately. Facing expensive legal fees, the siblings changed the band's name to Blondfire.[11] They announced the name change with the release of a new iTunes-exclusive acoustic live EP. It featured "L-L-Love" and three new songs, "Paper Doll", "Running Back", and "Fade to Pale".[12][13]

In October 2006, Blondfire signed a record deal with EMI Records UK. Their debut album, My Someday, was released in 2008. Among the people thanked in the album liner notes was Fred Astaire. In a May 2008 interview, Bruce Driscoll stated that the band had parted ways with the label.[12]

In November 2011 Blondfire released the single and accompanying video for Where The Kids Are to much critical acclaim.[14] In August 2012 Blondfire signed with Warner Bros. Records and Primary Wave Music.[15]

In February 2013, Blondfire released a new music video for their song "Where the Kids Are".[16] The track is also featured heavily in the 2012 Honda Civic television spots.[17]

Blondfire's second album "Young Heart" was released on February 11, 2014.

Live show[edit]

Blondfire's live lineup consists of Erica singing and playing guitar backed by a group of musicians who have been hand-picked and musically directed by Bruce. Regular musicians include guitarist Steve Stout and drummer Kiel Feher who also played on their album Young Heart.[18][19]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Singles and EPs[edit]

  • "Don't Whisper Lies" (2004, Tender Tender Rush)
  • "Pretty Young Thing" (2008, Tender Tender Rush)
  • "Where The Kids Are" (2011, Tender Tender Rush)
  • "Waves" (2013, Tender Tender Rush)
  • "Young Heart" (2014, Tender Tender Rush)

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Other Appearances[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ "Blue Microphones | Blondfire". Bluemic.com. Retrieved 2014-03-06. 
  3. ^ "Brother-Sister Band Astaire Fighting For Attention". BMI.com. September 26, 2004. 
  4. ^ Zemler, Emily (September 8, 2004). "Sibling duo keeps rhythm all in the family". The Eagle. 
  5. ^ a b Astaire at AllMusic
  6. ^ "[Interview] Blondfire’s Kindred Spirit Breaks Through With Flavorful Indie-Pop « The World Famous KROQ". Kroq.cbslocal.com. 2012-01-17. Retrieved 2014-03-06. 
  7. ^ "Blondfire: Where The Kids Are". Trendland. 2011-11-03. Retrieved 2014-03-06. 
  8. ^ Published on Oct 01, 2004 (2004-10-01). "Download This". EW.com. Retrieved 2014-03-06. 
  9. ^ "Unsigned, Astaire makes its own way with slinky electro-pop - The Boston Globe". Boston.com. 2005-04-29. Retrieved 2014-03-06. 
  10. ^ The, Burn (2008-03-29). "Burn the Bowery: Blondfire - Interview". Burnthebowery.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2014-03-06. 
  11. ^ a b Ray, Jim (August 5, 2005). "Blondfire ambition". MSNBC.com. 
  12. ^ a b By Dodge on April 16, 2010 (2010-04-16). "Pop Dee-Lite : Interview with Blondfire « My Old Kentucky Blog". Myoldkentuckyblog.com. Retrieved 2014-03-06. 
  13. ^ "Blondfire - Live Session EP (iTunes Exclusive) (File) at Discogs". Discogs.com. 2005-07-19. Retrieved 2014-03-06. 
  14. ^ "Interview: Blondfire". become your drum. 2012-04-20. Retrieved 2014-03-06. 
  15. ^ "Blondfire". Primary Wave Music. Retrieved 2014-03-06. 
  16. ^ "Blondfire - Where The Kids Are (Official Music Video)". YouTube. 2013-02-08. Retrieved 2014-03-06. 
  17. ^ "Heard "Where the Kids Are" on TV? | The Official Blondfire Website". Blondfiremusic.tumblr.com. Retrieved 2014-03-06. 
  18. ^ Source: http://www.discogs.com/Blondfire-Where-The-Kids-Are-Ep/release/4130230
  19. ^ "Jon Chattman: A-Sides With Jon Chattman: Where Blondfire Are". Huffingtonpost.com. 2012-11-20. Retrieved 2014-03-06. 
  20. ^ "Free Download: Blondfire's 'Where the Kids Are' | Music News". Rolling Stone. 2011-11-22. Retrieved 2014-03-06. 

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