- Bruce Driscoll
- Marie Seyrat
L’Américain Bruce Driscoll et la Parisienne Marie Seyrat marient leurs origines et leurs goûts à travers leur musique colorée et variée.
Freedom Fry, un clin d’œil en référence aux relations franco-américaines pendant la guerre d’Irak, est bien connu des fréquents visiteurs de Hype Machine, site classant les groupes qui font le plus parler d’eux sur les blogs de musique. Débutant sa carrière aux Etats-Unis, le duo est apparu de nombreuses fois dans le classement. Bien qu’indépendant, le groupe a amassé près de 10 millions d’écoutes sur Spotify et Soundcloud et a été soutenu par un grand nombre de “tastemakers” sur les ondes radio KCRW, KEXP, BBC Radio 2, Radio 6, Sirius XM, WXPN et bien d’autres.
Grandement influencée par la chaleur et le soleil de Californie où ils résident, la musique de Freedom Fry est un doux mélange de pop, folk et rock indépendant, constamment reconnaissable par des rythmes qui vous donnent envie de bouger et des refrains qui vous font inévitablement chanter. Ils joignent leur musique à l’image avec plus de 20 titres placés dans des pubs comme Lanvin, Asos ou Madewell, dans “Grey’s Anatomy”, “90210” et “Bones” ou encore dans la nouvelle série “Love” de Judd Apatow produite par Netflix, entre autres.
Les artistes craquent aussi pour Freedom Fry, tout comme le génie belge Stromae qui les a invités à faire sa première partie sur la côte Ouest puis à Miami l’année dernière.
C’est grâce à Communion Presents qu’ils partent séduire la côte Est. Ils jouent également en première partie d’ X Ambassadors, Phantogram et des chouchous français Lilly Wood & The Prick.
Ils ont également foulé la scène de School Night à Los Angeles, de “Popscene” à San Francisco, du Club NME de Londres et de Nuba à Paris, sans compter leurs nombreux showcases au Festival SXSW !
Le couple arrive avec leur single “Shaky Ground” en espérant convertir autant de personnes possibles à leur “Happy mood” !
Let The Games Begin EP
Freedom Fry performing for KUTX at SXSW
The duo first met in April 2011 when Seyrat was the stylist on a video for Driscoll's other band Blondfire. Impressed by Seyrat's whispery voice, Driscoll asked her if she would be interested in writing some songs together. In August they recorded and released the Let The Games Begin EP.
The video for the first single, Tallest Dreams, starred Gia Mantegna, daughter of actor Joe Mantegna.
The last song on the EP, Rolling Down, was featured on the season 7 premiere of Bones, during the birth of the main character's baby, Christine.
Their follow up single and video, "Earthquake", was released on Valentine's Day 2012. It was named single-of-the-week by French music magazine Les Inrockuptibles.
Glamour Magazine included Earthquake in their 100th issue anniversary playlist. Earthquake has been used in advertisements by fashion brands Lanvin and Princesse Tam.Tam.
Following a visit to the grave of Billy the Kid in Fort Sumner, NM, the duo began to conceptualize a wild west themed EP. In April 2012, they released the Outlaws EP, featuring two original songs and a cover of Serge Gainsbourg and Brigitte Bardot's Bonnie and Clyde.
"Summer in the City"
The song and video for "Summer in the City", was released in July 2012.
A remix of Summer in the City by Starcadian was featured in the viral YouTube video, How The Sun Sees You, in August 2014. Using unique UV lenses to show sun damage to skin and the benefits of sunscreen, the video amassed over 17,000,000 views.
The Wilder Mile
The Wilder Mile EP and video were released on 4 August 2014. The Wilder Mile has been used in advertisements for fashion brands Abercrombie, Madewell, and REI.
"Shaky Ground (Hey Na Na Na)"
At the end of 2014 the band began working with The Agency Group for European booking and manager Jeff Klein of A-Side Worldwide. Their first musical offering of 2015 was the single, "Shaky Ground (Hey Na Na Na)". The song reached number one on Hype Machine.
In 2016 the band signed with Polydor Records for Europe and officially released "Shaky Ground" with an accompanying two-part music video featuring both the English version and a new French version of the song.
In May, 2015, Freedom Fry released the single, "21". The handclaps, group vocals, and scream featured in the song were performed by the audiences at their Echo residency as part of a crowd recording experiment. The song reached number one on Hype Machine.
In January 2017, Freedom Fry followed up their single 'Shaky Ground' with a new single titled "Awake." Prior to release, "Awake" had already been heard in several advertisements, television shows, and films, including the original Netflix series Love and the film "Baby Baby Baby" starring Adrianne Palicki with Jessica Alba, and William Shatner.
‘’Strange Attraction’’ EP
The Strange Attraction EP was released in September 2017. Nylon premiered the music video for the title track. Noisey premiered the music video for the song “Party Down,” which reached number 2 on Hype Machine. The “Party Down” video was filmed at the 70s themed Hollywood bar, Good Times at Davey Wayne’s.
“Girl On Fire”
Freedom Fry’s cover of “Man on Fire” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros was featured in the Super Bowl ad “A Giant Story” by Intuit. The reworked version, titled “Girl on Fire,” was released in February 2018. The short film from Intuit has amassed over 20 million views on YouTube.
Billboard for Freedom Fry's Classic LP on Melrose Ave.
In February 2018 Freedom Fry announced their forthcoming album, ‘Classic.’ On June 1, 2018, the album was released. It included two previously released songs, “Awake” and “Wild Child” and ten new songs. The song “Cold Blooded Heart” premiered on Culture Collide. The track “Die Tryin” premiered on Billboard.
The album features notable performances from Stewart Cole of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and string arranger, Phillip Peterson.
The song “Classic” went to number one on the Hype Machine.
The band’s marketing efforts for ‘Classic’ included a billboard on Melrose Ave, flying an airplane banner above South by Southwest, and surprising the audience with Mariachis during their official showcase and at their album release show in Los Angeles.
An album trailer starring Shameless actress, Emma Kenney was released.
Freedom Fry's cover of Britney Spears' "Oops!… I Did It Again" was debuted on November 5, 2015, in the ABC television series, Grey's Anatomy, during Season 12 (episode 6). Also in November 2015 Freedom Fry released an acoustic cover of "1979" by The Smashing Pumpkins with an accompanying music video. In April 2016 Freedom Fry released a half-French language cover of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana. In November 2016 they released an acoustic cover of "Linger" by The Cranberries. A French language cover of Mary Jane's Last Dance by Tom Petty was released in March 2017 with an accompanying video.
Freedom Fry has toured the US as direct support for Belgian megastar Stromae, as part of Communion Presents, and Madewell’s 2016 "Denim Forever" campaign and tour. At their Monday night residency at The Echo in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, they were joined on stage by special guests James Iha and Mayer Hawthorne.
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