Skip to content

Blondfire At Amoeba, Tuesday June 14th 2016

13403297_874478452662342_8743823732160002255_o

Blondfire

 

The 4-piece band Blondfire made a great impression at Amoeba on Tuesday night, fronted by the tall and blonde Erica Driscoll, who was alternating between her sky-blue guitar and the mic in one hand, they played a set to celebrate the release of the 7″ for ‘Pleasure’, a song from their latest EP ‘True Confessions’. With her schoolgirl uniform look, she sounded sweet and convincing at the same time, singing with an almost ethereal and clear voice over engaging songs, often going into a poppy direction or confidently rocking, with pounding drums and layered guitars ringing like a U2 song.

Raised in Michigan with her musician brother Bruce, by a Brazilian mother, Erica Driscoll is now based in LA where she started the band with her brother. She now runs solo but she and her brother have been making music since 2002 when they released their first EP, as the band Astaire,

Under this new moniker Blondfire, a play of words on bonfire which could translate their passionate delivery, Erica and her band played a few songs from her latest release ‘True Confessions’, which sounded very upbeat despite the dark themes evoked on the titles of the songs, ‘Sex Lies and Destruction’ and ‘Kiss and Collide’, it was dance-y tunes, focusing on big hooks, flirting with anthemic sonic themes and often connecting a pop sound with a cool dance floor. There was no synth, and only guitars and a bass, however there was also a dreamy electro vibe from the 80’s during some of these new songs, something a bit less obvious when they played an older number, the breezier ‘Waves’, off their ‘Young Heart’ 2014 album. However their closing song, ‘Where the Kids Are’ had this ‘MGMT meets a girl’s sweet voice’ that I could not escape. They had a way to mix their bright and adventurous dreamscapes with a sort of latent darkness and stirring guitars, which sounded strangely familiar, although it was quite difficult to exactly pinpoint it.

If you are in Los Angeles, catch Blondfire this month at One’s To Watch Summer Concert Series at Union Station presented by Live Nation on June 25th, or at the Hi Hat on June 28th or even at the Lobster Fest on July 24th.

Setlist
Sex Lies and Destruction
Kiss and Collide
Waves
True Confessions
Pleasure
Domino
Where the Kids Are

More pictures here

13416818_874482862661901_2190725993699941007_o


Leave a Comment





Amazon_Smile_logo
LET-ME-HELP-LOGO

Support Let Me Help Inc by shopping at smile.amazon.com

This Saturday

By admin | September 28, 2022 |

This Saturday

Eileen Shapiro: “Portfolio Of A Rockstar Journalist” With R&B Great Toni Braxton

By Eileen Shapiro | September 28, 2022 |

a warning for other women

Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – August 1978 (Volume 10, Number 3) 

By Steve Crawford | September 28, 2022 |

a candid fellow

Grace Jones With Chvrches At The Hollywood Bowl, Sunday September 25th 2022

By Alyson Camus | September 28, 2022 |

Her colossal stage presence is timeless

Marshall Crenshaw’s “40 Years in Showbiz! (1982-2022)” At City Winery, Monday, September 26th, 2022, Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | September 27, 2022 |

the musical equivalent of how Crenshaw at 67 years of age continues to live life as an artist

The Streaming Charity Performance Of The Year, A Six Hour, Worldwide Extravaganza To Help Children For $5

By admin | September 27, 2022 |

music and care for a world in pain

US Top Ten Singles Tracking 9-16-22 – 9-22-22

By Iman Lababedi | September 27, 2022 |

at the top of the singles charts and at the top of the movie box office

Going Steady: New Singles 9-23-22 – 9-29-22 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | September 26, 2022 |

a tribute to black British excellence

US Top Ten Albums Tracking 9-16-22 – 9-22-22

By Iman Lababedi | September 26, 2022 |

Total EAUs? 102K

L.A. Burning, West Coast Concert Picks, September 26th To October 2nd

By Alyson Camus | September 25, 2022 |

Beach House is replacing Iggy Pop at Desert Daze

Scroll To Top