Vapor Showcase Artist: Freedom Or Death
By now, we’re hoping our big news has spread like wildfire — Vapor Music (in partnership with our friends at Stealing Time Editing) is hosting our annual Independent Music Showcase next month, on April 6th, and you’re ALL invited. Last year’s event was a smashing success, and featured performances by Hollerado, In-Flight Safety, Jay Malinowski (of Bedouin Soundclash) and Zeus. This year’s lineup is set to be even better, and includes Sweet Thing, Grand Analog, Humans, and today’s Artist of the Week — Freedom or Death.
Already on critical music press radars and much blogged about, Toronto’s Freedom Or Death is the music-making duo of Fernandez (a classically trained pianist and DJ) and Sway (a vocalist and songwriter for various bands). A gig at CMJ in New York City in October 2010 earned Freedom Or Death preview accolades from the Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy section, claiming the band as one of the top 12 ‘must see’ bands of the 1200 at the festival. At home, blogs have buzzed with praise for early released tracks (their latest EP, “EGO,” drops in April), and here at Vapor, we feel the same way.
Their name, Freedom Or Death is a direct nod to the band’s desire to remain creatively independent. “We want to have the freedom to make the music and the artistic choices that we want. If we can’t have that freedom, we’d rather not put anything out, which is the death of our art,” the duo states. Their artistic choices have been serving them and their fans well so far, and we can’t wait for you to hear them on April 6th.
“Earmilk said it best: ‘It’s like Bon Iver car pooled with the Junior Boys on the way to the Massive Attack concert – but they got snowed in.’”
– Indie Music Filter
“Freedom Or Death, a Toronto-based duo, express warmth whether they’re playing quiet folk guitars or electronic music under their engaging vocals. Wise is the executive who signs and nurtures them.”
– Wall Street Journal
“There’s a palpable ache at the heart (of the) Toronto duo that’ll be instantly recognizable to anyone who’s ever felt like they were moving in slow motion while a crush of strangers rushes past you…they can make an electronic keyboard feel as organic as a plank of oak”
— Toronto Star
Freedom or Death on MySpace
Watch Freedom or Death’s video for “Lost in Dances”
Watch Freedom or Death perform “Meter Maid” on AUX TV
Watch the ‘Making of’ video for the recording of Freedom or Death’s EP
Follow Freedom or Death on Twitter
‘Like’ Freedom or Death on Facebook
Listen to & Download:
“This Crowded Room” by Freedom Or Death