Exclusive: Watch Blondfire 'Walking With Giants' (Visualizer Video)
Blondfire is gearing up for a big week at South by Southwest next week where they will play multiple shows to introduce hordes of tastemakers and music fans to their unique brand of pop. It's been a exciting ride for the brother-and-sister duo of Bruce and Erica Driscoll who were signed to Warner Bros Records last year after stirring heaps of buzz with their music that received early support from blogs and local L.A. radio stations like KCRW.
Born in Michigan to an American father and Brazilian mother, the group spent many summers in Brazil, which likely inspired the duo's distinct sound that is equally lush, daring and complex. Balancing different (seemingly opposite) sensibilities drives their their craft and it also explains their group name. "We were driving around with friends and someone said 'I smell a bonfire,'" Erica says in a press release. "We thought they said 'Blondfire,' and at first we kind of jokingly said it should be our name – but it stuck. We liked the fact that it was masculine and feminine at the same time. It represented who we are in a cool way."
Growing up in Michican was crucial in laying the foundation for the group who were formerly called Astaire. "There isn't much to do in Michigan, especially in winter," Erica explains, "so we just holed up in the basement, writing songs and recording them on our four-track machine."
There's still an element of their Brazilian-American childhood in the mix as well. "You can hear it in the way we use melodies," she says, "and in the way that Bruce likes to put all kinds of variations into his beats." Bruce adds that he leans toward certain chords that lend a melancholy feel one could trace back to Antonio Carlos Jobim and other Brazilian songwriters. "It's not obvious," Bruce says, "but it's in there."
The group is currently promoting their new EP, titled "Where The Kids Are," which is a fantastic collection of four songs that is the perfect introduction to their music. Included on the EP is "Walking With Giants" that you can download for free right here. Today, the group released a very cool (and slightly trippy) visualizer video for the song that Aaron Hymes produced and which premieres exclusively on this blog today. Click play, set the video to full screen and immerse yourself in the magical world of Blondfire. (Listen to Blondfire "Where The Kids Are.")
March 7, 2013 | Permalink