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Daughter (Band)

The members of Daughter[note 1] promoting the March 2016 Granada concert.[1]

Daughter is a indie folk band from England. Fronted by North London native Elena Tonra[note 2], Daughter was formed in 2010 after the addition of Swiss-born guitarist Igor Haefeli [2] and drummer Remi Aguilella from France.[3]

History

Overview

Daughter has released four EPs, three singles and two albums, and are currently signed to Glassnote Records in North America and 4AD in Europe.[4] After playing the local London circuit, they toured supporting Ben Howard around Europe and have since played headlining tours around North America, Europe and Australia.[5]

Early Career

Tonra began her career in music, performing acoustic shows under her own name around London.[6][7] After their first demo started word of mouth on the band, Daughter self-released their debut EP, His Young Heart, on 20 April 2011, recorded in Haefeli's bedsit.[8] Later that same year, they released another EP, The Wild Youth, on 2 October through artist-led Communion Records. The latter EP earned praise from British website For Folk's Sake who described Daughter as "one of the unique sounds in the pop landscape today."[9] BBC Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens also invited them to perform a Maida Vale Session for his show.[10]

In 2012, shortly after headlining a 700-capacity show in London, Daughter announced their signing to UK label 4AD.[11] Their first single proper, "Smother", was released in October of that year. It was playlisted by both BBC Radio 1 and 6Music, while being awarded Single of the Week by Huw Stephens.[12] In December 2012 the band appeared on the David Letterman Show prior to the release of the record.[6]

2013-2014

The band released their debut album, If You Leave, in March 2013 (May in Norway). Charting at Number 16 in the UK, it was also received favorably in the press.[13] The band began a lengthy tour in support of the album and recruited Luke Saunders as an additional live-member to ensure the material could be reproduced.[8]

During the first two months of 2014, the band traveled to the Far East and Australasia for a number of headlining shows and as part of the St Jerome's Laneway Festival.[8] In April, Daughter supported The National on six North American tour dates,[14] while they also announced the release of a 4AD Sessions EP, a collaboration with composer Joe Duddell. It consists of five tracks performed live at Portmeirion with an eight-piece ensemble that was also filmed.[15][16]

2014-2015

In September 2014, the band indicated that they had started working on a follow-up at their own studio in London.[17] On April 6, 2015, Daughter announced they would be supporting Ben Howard on a short string of tour dates in the United States.

On 30 September 2015 the band announced that they would release the 10-track album Not to Disappear in 2016, while the first single "Doing the Right Thing" was made available as a music video.[18] Not to Disappear was released by 4AD on 15 January 2016, preceded by the music video for second single "Numbers" in November 2015. On July 28th, 2016 a music video for "No Care" was released.

Life Is Strange: Before The Storm

Main article: Music From Before The Storm

August 8, 2017, the official Life Is Strange blog on tumblr.com announced that Daughter would be responsible for the original score featured in Life Is Strange: Before The Storm.[19][20] The official soundtrack score for the game was released September 1st, 2017 and was made available for pre-order the day of its announcement.[21] The soundtrack was previewed with "Burn It Down", on Daughter's official YouTube account[22] and Spotify[23]

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Notes

  1. Photographed by Francesca Jane Allen
  2. born 15 January 1990

References

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