Freedom Fry Release Long-awaited Debut Album; ‘Classic’


For quite some time now, we’ve been bestowing much warranted praise upon Freedom Fry.

Over the past few years, the LA-based indie-pop duo (Marie Seyrat and Bruce Driscoll) have been a reliable source of charming, catchy, bright and lovable cuts of indie-pop. Beginning with ‘Summer In The City’ in 2012 through to likes of ’21’ and ‘Tropicana’ in 2015, the pair became something of ‘singles specialists’, and after a long but enjoyable journey, Freedom Fry released their debut album, Classic at the start of June.

For anyone who has been charmed by Freedom Fry before, the duo’s long-awaited debut will not disappoint. The 12-track album casts a recognisable spell, charming listeners with their cheery indie-folk sound, both the breezy and bright songs the duo is known for and a few slower, bittersweet selections.

Latest single, ‘Die Tryin’ is a folk-flavored ray of sunburst, bright indie-pop interspersed with breezy melodies and harmonies, as each delivers their own verse, before the pair combine in the chorus for a glorious finale. Album closer, and standout track, ‘Easy Street’ has much more of a slumbering, bittersweet vibe, aided and abetted by Driscoll’s vocals, cloaked in a light layer of fuzz. Meandering toward the midway point with a shimmering quality, it swells, tugging firmly at the heartstrings, bursting into full sunburst colour and a sense of resilience and hope. Two wonderful and utterly divine pieces of guitar-pop; a summery sheen, catchy hooks and gorgeous boy/girl vocal interplay make it impossible to resist.

Check them out below and if that is to your liking, their debut album is available here.

Freedom Fry – ‘Strange Attraction’


For a long time now, we’ve been bestowing lavish and much warranted praise upon Freedom Fry – and why not?

Over the past few years, the LA based indie pop duo have become serial offenders when it comes to catchy, bright and lovable cuts of indie-pop. And in keeping with this very welcome tradition, Freedom Fry have repeated the trick with their latest single ‘Strange Attraction’. Unbelievably addictive, it sparkles with a buoyant disco vibe and shimmers with a sugary sweet goodness. The summery sheen, catchy hooks and  gorgeous and nimble  gorgeous boy/girl vocal interplay make it impossible to resist its allure and will, no doubt, plaster a smile on your face. A wonderful and utterly divine piece of guitar-pop which sits nicely alongside their previous singles.

Listen to ‘Strange Attraction’ below and if that is to your liking, and it will be, their new EP, Strange Attraction, is out now.

Freedom Fry – ‘Shaky Ground’



LA based indie pop duo Freedom Fry have been charming our ears over the past few years, with catchy and lovable single after single.

The Franco-American duo’s, Marie Seyrat and Bruce Driscoll, music blurs the lines between pop, folk and indie – always bright and breezy, and blended with danceable rhythms and a sing-a-long chorus. The pair have returned with sugary-sweet and super catchy single, ‘Shaky Ground’. This re-recorded single, retains similarly brilliant characteristics to those which have marked their earlier work. A gentle and breezy number, harnessing all the potency from a catchy melody, sunny strings, toe tapping percussion and the gorgeous boy/girl vocal combo, making it impossible to resist its allure. A wonderful and utterly likable piece of guitar-pop which sits pretty well alongside their previous singles like ‘Summer In The City’, ‘Hanging With The New Crowd’, ‘Home’ and ‘Blackmailed’ etc. (which should definitely be checked out).

‘Shaky Ground’ is out now and available from all the usual outlets/streaming platforms. Check it, and the video, below. On a side note, ‘Shaky Ground’ sits pretty well alongside their previous singles, which should definitely be checked out.

BarryGruff February 2016 Playlist


Your regular monthly round up all the blog action, in a nice, neat and handy playlist of tracks featured throughout the month.

February was good, especially for new record announcements and whatnot. We had tunes from Living Hour, Amber Arcades, Holy Fuck, SALES and MMOTHS from their respective, new and forthcoming albums. We had introductions to MILK, The Orange Kyte Bousada and BeardFight, while there were excellent new singles/EPs from Freedom Fry, Peaness, Totalitarian and Light Falls. Oh, and there were two new episodes of ‘Millions Like Us’, Justin Beats & I’s new music podcast extravaganza for 604now (if you missed them, check ’em here). You can also subscribe to ‘Millions Like Us’ on iTunes & Podcast Republic or find us on Facebook & Twitter.

Well then, that’s that for another month – listen to BarryGruff’s February 2016 playlist below. Enjoy!


Freedom Fry – ‘The Words’


Over the course of the past few years, LA-based duo of Freedom Fry have served us with a string of sublime singles; their ability to craft cheery, infectious and feel-good indie-pop is without question.

As accustomed as we’ve become to Freedom Fry’s stellar proclivity for an irresistible single, the pair’s first release of 2016 is all kinds of wonderful. Besides being typically catchy Freedom Fry fare, ‘The Words’ is their most imaginative blend of styles and genres yet. A sort of hybrid, disco-folk, this infectious number slaloms between mildly psychedelic folk pop hauntings and a beautifully bouncy groove laid down over consistent disco beats, electronic pulses and jangly hooks & sing-along choruses. Comprised of husband and wife duo Marie Seyrat and Bruce Driscoll, Freedom Fry seem intent on serving us with the world’s catchiest tunes and there are no complaint from this quarter. Most definitely looking forward to hearing more from Freedom Fry in 2016.

Check out ‘The Words’ below.

BarryGruff Playlist September 2015


A now regular monthly feature, whereby we round up all the blog action with a nice, neat and handy playlist of tracks featured during the month.

September was pretty damn good, aside from saying goodbye to summer! We had tunes from Sexwitch, Gwenno, Hinds and The Altered Hours ahead of their respective, new and forthcoming albums. There were excellent new singles from Slow Riot, Tuff Love, BUCK, H. Hawkline, Freedom Fry, Gulp & Miaoux Miaoux. Oh, and their was the launch of ‘Millions Like Us’, Justin Beats & I’s new music podcast extravaganza for 604now (if you missed them? Why not listen to episodes #1 & #2)

Also featured on this month’s playlist are great tracks from Avid Walker, Mesa Luna, Ghost Culture, Boxed In, Anderson & Peaness. So yeah, pretty good alright.

Listen to BarryGruff’s September 2015 playlist below.

Freedom Fry – ‘Tropicana’



Freedom Fry have a remarkable and innate ability for crafting smile inducing tunes – when it comes to cheery, infectious, feelgood indie-pop – no one quite does it like Freedom Fry.

The creative chemistry between duo Marie Seyrat and Bruce Driscoll is such that, from the outside at least, ideas and songs seem to flow with an effortless ease. Freedom Fry really are in a class of their own, something gallantly paraded with their latest single. ‘Tropicana’ offers a feast of upbeat, bright and chipper vibes, with a nostalgia-laced groove, infused with bursts of mild psychedelia and interspersed with beautifully irresistible female/male vocals combos. It is an unbelievably smiley, happy jam with an alluring aura of eternal summer. According to the band, “Tropicana is about taking a trip away from your problems to your happy place. Wherever that may be …” – successfully done in anyone’s book.

Freedom Fry are out on tour at the minute, with quite a few dates across North America – check ’em here. For now, you can stream the wonderful ‘Tropicana’ below, and repress the fact that summer is all but over.