Michigan has long, cold winters that make it a perfect breeding ground for musicians. Bruce Driscoll spent much of his early youth locked away in his parent’s basement learning drums, bass, & guitar by teaching himself songs by The Smiths & The Beatles. Sneaking cigarettes and experimenting with a 4-track cassette recorder, he began an unstoppable obsession with songwriting & recording.
Without the safety net of a career to fall back on Bruce moved to New York City shortly after forming the band Astaire with his sister, Erica. They were the first unsigned band to have the “Free Single of the Week” feature on iTunes, the then new digital music store from Apple, with their track “L-L-Love.” After significant press and film & tv syncs, legal threats from the Fred Astaire estate forced the band to change their name. They chose the name – Blondfire.
In November of 2010 Bruce & Erica wrote a new batch of Blondfire songs that would go on to bring the band much acclaim. The lead single, “Where The Kids Are,” topped the Hype Machine and received tremendous support from Sirius XM’s Alt Nation. This led the band to ink a deal with Warner Bros. Records. With the touring demands increasing, Bruce made the choice to step aside as a live member of the band and Erica stepped up to front the project. Tours followed with AWOLNATION, Foals, Surfer Blood, The Sounds, and Relient K, as well as a performance at Lollapalooza.
In April of 2011 Bruce met Marie Seyrat, a Parisian living in Los Angeles. After falling in love they experimented with writing songs together and formed a new group under the name Freedom Fry. Bruce soon after relocated to Los Angeles and the two were married. Their California inspired indie-pop and home made videos caught the attention of music supervisors and music bloggers. The song, “Shaky Ground,” went to #1 on Hype Machine upon its release and led to a deal with Polydor Records (EU only) for the single. The have synced 15 different songs in over 30 placements and continue to release songs on a regular basis, leading up to their debut album.
His bands have combined streams of over 50 million. As a songwriter he’s written topline for electronic artists, Avicii (“Liar Liar” from the album True) and Arty (“Young Again” and “Glorious” from the album Glorious). He’s performed live as a multi-instrumentalist with James Iha (Smashing Pumpkins), Isobel Campbell (Belle & Sebastian), Mark Lanegan, and Ivy. Recently, Driscoll scored the Bangladeshi feature-film, “Kingdom of Clay Subjects,” an official selection of The Seattle International Film Festival.
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