Daughter have come a long way since they formed in 2010. In a short time, the band have risen from local London based band to international fame. With guitars that echo, patient rhythm and raw lyrics they produce tender, fragile and sophisticated music that stands apart from their peers.
Before the band, London singer Elena Tonra was playing solo acoustic guitar shows. She earned a reputation for performances that would capture her audience. However, frustrated by what she perceived in a lack in her own abilities as a single individual and confidence in her own talents she was interested in the idea of working with others.
Guitarist Igot Haefeli had moved to London from Neuchâtel, Switzerland to study. Both attended the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance in London and they met whilst attending the same song writing course. Having seen Tonra’s magnetic performances he was eager to work with her.
The two started playing together, but now with the added power of electric guitars, and quickly set about recording demos.
They released the EP His Young Heart
in 2011. Self-produced, it was recorded in Haefeli’s bedsit. Later that year saw a release of a second EP, The Wild Youth
, through Communion Records.
Having received praise from the website For Folk’s Sake, the pair were invited to perform at the legendary Maida Vale studio by BBC Radio 1. Benefitting from such prominent airplay, interest in the band grew and the band were booked for ever larger shows. They were soon to be signed by cult indie label 4AD and began working on their debut album.
Prior to the release of If You Leave
in 2013, interest in the band had grown to such an extent they were invited to appear on the David Letterman Show. The excitement was well deserved with the album more than meeting expectations of fans and critics and won Independent Album Of The Year
at the 2013 AIM Independent Music Awards. Rave reviews, the band began a lengthy tour to promote the album seeing them play in the Far East as well as America.
They began work on their second album the following year. The energy and excitement of playing live shows extensively has influenced the direction of their music, at times making it more uptempo and giving them more of a rock edge. Not To Disappear
was released this year and sees the band eager to hit the road and show it off.
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