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Blondfire ignite an afternoon soiree during the band's recent appearance at The Baeble Bounce House earlier this Spring. Galloping through Austin with a brand new EP titled True Confessions under their wings, the band, lead by Erica Driscoll, hit our hot and humid gathering of Northern snowbirds with a brand new batch of bright and sugary guitar pop. It's all very dreamy and exactly the kind of squinty-eyed guitar pop you want to hear when you're ducking the winter in the Northeast, downing a Shiner a three, and feeling lucky to spend a few days deep in the heart of Texas. Slurp up these brand new cuts in this bubbly new concert capture.

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Desire, skin on skin Take me down, collide again
Ride the rising tide We're so strong
I let you in You were cruel and cold
And strong as the night No one's gonna stop you now.
We went deeper, darker, larger than life,
Nothing's going to catch our fall Ooh, you're the sweetest seduction.
Ooh, sex, lies, and destruction.
Fire burned so bright
Heart so cold ignite again Rise and see the light
Feel your touch, I let you in.
You were cruel and cold
And strong as the night No one's gonna stop you now.
We went deeper, darker larger than life,
Nothing's going to catch our fall.
Ooh, you're the sweetest seduction
Ooh, sex, lies, and destruction.
Ooh, you're the sweetest seduction Ooh, sex, lies, and destruction.
Ooh, you're the sweetest seduction Ooh, sex, lies, and destruction.
You'll never know You'll never know
You'll never know Oh, you'll never
Oh, you'll never Oh, you'll never know
You'll never know You'll never know
You'll never know Oh, you'll never
Oh, you'll never Oh, you'll never know
Special delivery.
Cheers to you guys.
We know we know that there's no escaping
Because when we come together, we're breaking
I'll be holding every breath that you're taking
Every breath you're taking.
Oooh I like the way it feels
Oooh your body's so surreal Oooh I like the way it feels
Like the way it feels I like the way it feels
Cover your eyes We kiss and collide
We'll be crashing all night Let me take you for a ride
We kiss and collide
You know you know our bodies' in motion
Crashing like the waves in the ocean The restless heart is made to be broken
In two be broken Oooh I like the way it feels
Oooh your body's so surreal Oooh I like the way it feels
Like the way it feels I like the way it feels
Cover your eyes We kiss and collide
We'll be crashing all night Let me take you for a ride
We kiss and collide And we can get lost together
And we can go on forever And when we get off
Let me take you for a ride We kiss and collide
Collide collide Collide collide
Collide collide Collide
Cover your eyes We kiss and collide
We'll be crashing all night Let me take you for a ride
Take you for a ride Cover your eyes
We kiss and collide We'll be crashing all night
When we take you for a ride, we kiss and collide
And we can get lost together And we can go on forever
And when we get off, let me take you for a ride
We kiss and collide Collide, collide
You hear them when you try to fall asleep
They crash to the shore, They come from the deep
As sure as the sun will rise, the sun will set
You taste the salt the closer you get Waves, picking you up
Pushing you down They're always around
Waves Just like a dream
Silver and green We live in between
They can carry you all the way to me
They can pull you out to the deep blue sea
Oh waves, there are waves
Empires will crumble to the sand
All that you love can slip through your hand
But you must face the ocean once again Follow the tides, wherever you've been
Waves Picking you up
Pushing you down They're always around
Waves Just like a dream
Silver and green We live in between
They can carry you all the way to me
They can pull you out to the deep blue sea
Oh waves, there are waves
Waves Picking you up
Pushing you down They're always around
Waves Just like a dream
Silver and green We live in between
They can carry you all the way to me
They can pull you out to the deep blue sea
Oh waves, there are waves
Thank you guys so much.
So how's everybody's South By going for them so far? Hopefully, you're getting your adequate supply of alcohol.
I'm sure you are.
And water.
Don't forget to hydrate.
So the next song we're going to play is called True Confessions and it's our latest single.
I'm waiting for a chance to rewind Looking for a light that still shines
Searching for a love that I can't find Your lips tastin' like smoke and brandy
Keep givin' me poison candy I used to need a kiss to feel alive
We smile but soon it fades Our hearts can't hold the weight
We talk but it's too late before it goes away
I just wanna hear your true confessions I just wanna feel the love inside of you
I don't wanna know your superstitions
Tell me when did all the lies become the truth
We laugh, and we cry, and we tried so many times
I just wanna hear your true confessions I just wanna feel the love inside of you
Ooh Time taking us through the twilight
Leading into the dark side Down below where all the shadows hide
We smile but soon it fades Our hearts can't hold the weight
We talk but it's too late We throw it all away
I just wanna hear your true confessions I just wanna feel the love inside of you
I don't wanna know your superstitions
Tell me when did all the lies become the truth
We laugh, and we cry, and we tried so many times
I just wanna hear your true confessions I just wanna feel the love inside of you
I need your true confessions I need your true confessions
I need your true confessions Inside of you
Oh, and we cry Can we make it out alive?
I just wanna hear your true confessions I just wanna feel the love inside of you
I need your true confessions
I need your true confessions
I need your true confessions
Give me your true confessions
Crystal eyes because the night is waiting to know
Paradise, living for that feeling Let go
At the top is where we'll be Blurry lines and ecstasy
Don't you wanna go with me Reach for the shooting stars
Here and now is where we are Come along and we'll be free
Set fire to the house Burning through the pleasure with you
Set fire to the house Burning through the pleasure with you
Hypnotize, all that you believe in will flow
Mesmerize, you and I see it down below
At the top is where we'll be Blurry lines and ecstasy
Don't you wanna go with me Reach for the shooting stars
Here and now is where we are Come along and we'll be free
Set fire to the house Burning through the pleasure with you
Set fire to the house Burning through the pleasure with you
Get up get up get out of your head Get up get up get out feel alive
Get up get up get out of your head Get up get up get out feel alive
All you need is you and me tonight All we need is you and me tonight
Want that pleasure
Spend your whole life Spend your whole life with
Spend your whole life
Set fire to the house Burning through the pleasure with you
Set fire to the house Burning through the pleasure with you
Get up get up get out of your head Get up get up get out feel alive
Get up get up get out of your head Get up get up get out feel alive
When the pleasure comes When the pleasure comes
Want that pleasure
Maybe we'll be one When the pleasure comes
Want that pleasure
Maybe we'll be one When the pleasure comes
Want that pleasure
Maybe we'll be one When the pleasure comes
Want that pleasure
Maybe we'll be one When the pleasure comes
You spend your whole life You spend your whole life waiting
Who's gonna love you when the party's over
Who's gonna love you when you're cold and sober
You Say it's true
Who's gonna hold you when the bottle's empty
Who's gonna love you when the lies are holding you
It's the truth It's a long way down
When you're around It's a long way down
Falling forever We're together in this state of mind
Going down I'm not going till I'm going with you
Going down Falling forever
We may never reach the other side Going down
I'm not going till I'm going with you Going down
Who's gonna love me If you're lost and lonely
Who's gonna love me You're the one and only
You Say it's true
Who's gonna hold me If you never let me
Who's gonna hold me If you never let me through
Say the truth
It's a long way down When you're around
It's a long way down
Falling forever We're together in this state of mind
Going down I'm not going till I'm going with you
Going down Falling forever
We may never reach the other side Going down
I'm not going till I'm going with you Going down
Going down
It's a long way down It's a long way down
Falling forever We're together in this state of mind
Going down I'm not going till I'm going with you
Going down Falling forever
We may never reach the other side Going down
I'm not going till I'm going with you I'm not going till I'm going with you
I'm not going till I'm going with you I'm not going till I'm going
I'm not going, going, oh I'm not going, going, oh
I'm not going till I'm going with you
Thank you guys so much.
We have one more song for you guys.
But can we take a photo of this sexy ass crowd out here? Could you guys put your hands up? Oh, yeah.
Thank you, guys.
So if you guys know this one, please sing along.
The song is called Where the Kids Are.
Thank you so much.
I can't blame it all on you Because I'd be wrong
All in all, all all in all You're such a beautiful girl
Don't take my chances Smile for the lenses
Live it up, you're growing up Parties in the wilderness of life
Light it up, just give it up Where the kids are running free tonight
The cars on the avenues Can wait in line
All in all, all all in all Lived out this innocent time
Gold roads leave Kansas Scarecrow loves dancing
Live it up, you're growing up Parties in the wilderness of life
Light it up, just give it up Where the kids are running free tonight
They're running free tonight They're running free
They're running free tonight
Live it up, you're growing up Parties in the wilderness of life
Light it up, just give it up Where the kids are running free tonight
Live it up, you're growing up Parties in the wilderness of life
Light it up, just give it up Where the kids are running free tonight
Where the kids are running free tonight
Thank you guys so much.

Artist Bio

Yes, she knows it's an odd name. To Erica Driscoll, Blondfire's ethereal vocalist, guitarist, and keyboardist, its invention was happenstance. "We were driving around with friends and someone said 'I smell a bonfire,'" she recalls. "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."

That push-pull of elemental forces is fundamental to the band's sound, which marries Driscoll's winsome, melancholy vocals to massive melodies, jagged shards of guitar, and propulsive beats. You might think of any number of strong, female-lead dream pop heroines from the golden era of indie rock (The Cardigans, Ivy) and you wouldn't be wrong, but Blondfire is a modern and unique musical hybrid. On their Modern Art/Warner Bros. Records debut, Young Heart, Driscoll offers infectious pop tunes with real punch.

The formula has resonated strongly with listeners and helped Blondfire build a loyal following. They made their name in 2008 with the indie release My Someday and a series of residencies in their adopted home of Los Angeles. Local radio stations KROQ, KCSN, 98.7, and KCRW provided early support and helped them become the first unsigned act to hit the No. 1 spot on the iTunes Alternative chart. They also became one of those extremely rare, unsigned artists to be added to the Sirius Alt Nation playlist. This feat was largely due to the strength of the evocative, bouncy, and irresistible "Where The Kids Are" and its eccentric, charming, and panda-filled (yes, panda-filled) video. "I submitted that song to a few blogs and it just took off online," Driscoll marvels. "According to Hype Machine, we became the number one most talked-about band on the internet!" "Where The Kids Are" is now the lead single on Young Heart. Their music has also been heard in the films Besties and Get a Job; on TV via ESPN's Australian Open Tennis, The Client List, MTV's Awkward and The Collection, and in an ad for Ecco shoes.

Driscoll and her younger brother Bruce co-wrote and recorded the album in about a week at their home studio and at Hollywood's historic Wax Studios (formerly TTG). The children of an American father and a Brazilian mother, the Driscolls grew up in a musical family (dad played guitar; mom is a classically trained pianist). Their home rang with hard rock, '80s pop, Bossa Nova, and atmospheric film soundtracks, the latter a favorite of Bruce's ("My dream was to score a Batman movie someday," he remembers) all of which found its way into the band's music.

"There isn't much to do in Michigan, especially in winter," Erica says, "so we just holed up in the basement, writing songs and recording them on our four-track machine." They began gigging locally soon after as the duo Astaire, until a note from the Fred Astaire estate put the kibosh on that. And while Blondfire has come into its own in Los Angeles, with Erica as the outstanding front woman, there's still an element of their Brazilian-American childhood in the mix. "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." And just part of the one-of-a-kind recipe that makes Blondfire sound like no one else.

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