1.13.13 “Where The Kids Are” by Blondfire


If you only listen to one song tonight, make it “Where the Kids Are” by Blondfire (2012, from the Where the Kids Are EP).

Blondfire is an indie/electro-pop duo from New York City. The sister-and-brother duo of Erica and Bruce Driscoll were born in Grand Rapids, Michigan and have been playing music together since they were kids. They’re the children of a Brazilian mother and an American father. They have an older sister Mônica da Silva, who used to be in a band with them and who now makes music under her own name.

Tonight’s song is yet another from the trusty This is That mailbag. It’s been in the mailbag for a couple of months, and I’m only now getting around to it. My interns have gotten lazy and the mailroom started to become a complete mess in the autumn. It’s getting better, but it’s still a mess. Please continue to submit stuff to the mailbag, though. It’s always open. Click on the “mail bag” tab for details.

In 2002, Erica and Bruce formed a band called Astaire. They recorded some songs in their parents’ basement, started gaining some attention, and ended up releasing their first single exclusively on iTunes. They moved to New York City and became friends with Andy Chase from Ivy. He helped Astaire record an EP called Don’t Whisper Lies, which they released on their own label. They went on tour with Ivy and Stars, and started to gain even more attention. After they started making all this noise, they were issued a “cease and desist” letter from the estate of Fred Astaire, telling them to change their name.

As the legend goes, Erica, Bruce and a couple of other people were driving around Los Angeles when someone said “I smell a bonfire”. Erica mis-heard it as “blondfire”, and a band’s name was born.

Tonight’s song was actually released as a single in 2011 on their own label. Since then, they’ve signed a deal with Warner Brothers, and tonight’s song was the title track from their major label debut EP which was released in November of 2012. It’ll also appear on their major label debut album Young Heart, due out this spring.

This is that song.
“Where the Kids Are” by Blondfire

I hear a lot of Toronto indie-pop in this. I hear Stars. I hear Metric. I hear a lot of terrific pop goodness. I think it’s what they’ve been calling “dark disco”. I like it.

There’s a reference to The Wizard of Oz

Gold roads leave Kansas
Scarecrow loves dances

Apart from that, it seems like it’s about embracing the loss of innocence, and also of the loosening of inhibitions.

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

You can download the digital EP from any legal downloading place. You can get a free download of tonight’s song here.

Look for their Warner Brothers debut in the spring.

Also, check out the official video for the song

I like it a lot, and if you ask me, I’d tell you that it reminds me a lot of the brilliant video for “Roni” by Chikita Violenta. I highly recommend that band, and especially their 2010 album Tre3s. For the sake of reference, here’s that video:

About dlee

North Carolina born and bred. I'm a restaurant guy who spends free time listening to music, watching hockey and playing Scrabble. I have a bachelor's degree in political science and I will most likely never put it to use. View all posts by dlee

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