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]



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]


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]


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


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