What’s in a name? Freedom Fry is the tongue-in-cheek alter ego that French songstress, Marie Seyrat, and Michigan-born musical chameleon, Bruce Driscoll, go by. The duo met and are based in Los Angeles where their desert warm, beachy, bittersweet, lo-fi/hi-fi, retro pop sound is right at home.
Since forming in 2011 they’ve self-recorded and released three EPs and four singles. Each release only reinforces their reputation as wildly melodic, creative songwriters who create a universe all their own. Despite their D.I.Y. approach, they’ve been featured everywhere from iTunes (New and Noteworthy), Filter Magazine, Nylon, Glamour, KCRW (Band we Love), Les Inrockuptibles (2 singles of the week), American Apparel, Top Shop, and named a MTV Artist to Watch.
Their last release, the Friends and Enemies EP, reached #14 on the FMQB singles chart and cracked the CMJ top 200. Receiving support from tastemaker stations KCRW, KSCN, ALT 98.7 (LA), KEXP (Single of the Week), BBC Radio 6, BBC London, SIRIUS XM and many others.
When they take the music live they’re an energetic four piece, joined by bassist Jonny Perdue and drummer Nate Lotz. Recently they’ve played alongside Phantogram, We Are Scientists, Superhumanoids, Dan Wilson (of Semisonic, Adele), Juliana Hatfield and Matthew Caws (Nada Surf) to name a few.
Since their last release they built their own home studio and have written and recorded an album’s worth of new music which they intend to release track by track over Summer and Fall 2014. The first offering, an ode to LA, called “Home” is just a taste of what’s to come.
Freedom Fry is ALT 98.7’s Artist in Residence for the month of July. A new single, The Wilder Mile, will premiere on the station and be released on August 5th on iTunes, Bandcamp and Spotify.