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

The Driscolls were born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan to an American father and a Brazilian mother.  They spent many summers in northern Brazil and are citizens of both countries.  Both Erica and Bruce cite Antonio Carlos Jobim, Caetano Veloso and Astrud Gilberto as musicians that they listened to often as they were growing up.  In high school, Erica, Bruce and their older sister Monica formed the band “Nectar” and put schooling on hold to tour nationally.

A little while later, Bruce and Erica formed “Astaire” and toured locally for songs they had produced in their parents basement.  During this time, the siblings were featured in music and fashion publications, such as z!nk, America, YRB, College Music Journal and Entertainment Weekly.  The Driscolls relocated to New York City and recorded “Weightless” with “Ivy’s” Andy Chase.  They released their first EP, “Don’t Whisper Lies” 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.”

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 bands name to “Blondfire.”  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.”

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 May 2008, the band announced that they had parted ways with EMI Records.

In November 2011 Blondfire released the single and accompanying video for “Where The Kids Are” to much critical acclaim.  In August 2012, Blondfire signed to Warner Bros. Records and Primary Wave Music.

These guys are indie pop at its finest.  They mix laid back, electronic tinged pop with beats that are reminiscent of 80’s new wave.  Their catchy choruses and easy going beats make you want to just sit back and relax.  I love these guys and they also happen to come from Grand Rapids, Michigan; my home town!  They are still very up-and-coming and have great potential for their next album.  Check out their biggest hits below and keep these guys on your music radar.

 

 

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