After seven years, seven EPs and a slew singles, the Los Angeles duo Freedom Fry is about to release its first album, which Bruce Driscoll and Marie Seyrat consider nothing less than "surreal."
"It's strange, because we kept kind telling people we would have an album coming since we started in 2011," Driscoll tells Billboard about the 12-track Classic, whose single "Die Tryin'" is premiering below. "We just loved singles so much. I think an album is such a beast to do, to come up with the right songs and think about how all the songs would fit together. We finally felt like we had a cohesive thing, and it felt like the right time." Seyrat adds that, "We had so many different genres we write in, so it took a while to compile a bunch songs that really fit together and took our listeners on a journey."
Classic is, in fact, a full-length look at what Freedom Fry has released so far -- "A small fraction what we write," Driscoll says -- showcasing the couple's blend indie folk, pop and alt-rock, melodically rich and filled with vocal interplay between Driscoll and Seyrat. "We called it Classic not because we think we're classic," Seyrat explains, "but because the elements how we write, who we are, relates to classic times. We take the elements that are from the past and try to apply them to what we're writing -- and still looking into the future."
Driscoll notes that he and Seyrat "grew up on oldies and '70s music, anything from the '50s through the '70s, and we really felt like the type songs we were writing had that old school sensibility that was melodic. At a certain point, I don't know if it was after punk music, writing melodies stopped being cool, so we wanted to bring it back, in our own way."
The folk-flavored "Die Tryin," meanwhile, is what Driscoll calls an "anti-apathy love song. It’s about knowing what you really love and fighting for it." Seyrat adds that, "sometimes there's a lack passion or a lack fire in people. But it feels good when you actually fight for something you really love. That's what we're trying to convey."
Freedom Fry documented the making Classic with a film, which the duo hopes to take on tour, pairing screenings with live performances as "kind a package deal," according to Driscoll. And if that happens he and Seyrat hope that audiences understand the positive underpinning Freedom Fry's music.
"I do like that it makes you feel good," he says. "We're our first audience, and we do write to make ourselves feel better. But we always try not to be too sweet or saccharine to where you gag on the music. I always think about the Beach Boys and how happy that music was, but you kind knew there was a darkness behind it, something sad. We're trying to put a little bittersweet in there, too."