By Erin Coulehan, Contributor, D.C. Music Live
Welcome to the long-awaited arrival of summer. The days become longer, making the nights more urgent as kids run around concerned only with fun, flesh and perhaps who they’ll be kissing that night. The accompanying rush requires one thing to make it that much better: really great music to serve as the soundtrack.
Enter: Foals, Surfer Blood and Blondfire who will play to a sold out crowd at 9:30 Club on May 5.
Foals, a five-piece from Oxford, have been making waves with the release of its third album Holy Fire. The album features a raw, fuller sound compared to the band’s previous work, and the band is enjoying playing to larger audiences.
“In a lot of ways it’s much heavier and trashier,” says guitarist Jimmy Smith. When we speak over the phone, Smith is sat under a tree somewhere in San Diego after a weekend that included playing at Coachella and a quick trip to Vegas with Yeah Yeah Yeahs. It’s all a bit of a whirlwind, but Smith and his bandmates are enjoying the ride.
While trying to go with the flow as Foals continues to gain momentum in the U.S, Smith says stepping out on stage to massive crowds is a “weird and abstract experience.” But the music was meant to be played loud, and fans have been incredibly receptive.
“Foals and Surfer Blood are such cool bands to tour with,” says Erica Driscoll lead vocalist-keyboardist-guitarist of Blondfire, who will be opening the show at 9:30 Club. “We’re really looking forward to their audiences.”
Equal parts dreamy pop and gutsy rock, Blondfire has a unique sound that’s sweet, but edgy.
The brother-sister duo released the single “Where the Kids Are” independently, with Erica serving as publicist.
“I was sending it out to blogs, and the song took off,” says Driscoll. “It has that dirty bass sound and came together really fast.”
The single reached number one on The Hype Machine, and attracted the attention of Warner Bros. Music who signed the band.
Blondfire will be releasing their debut album, Young Heart, later this year.
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