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.
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