TOMMY LEFROY SHARE “JERICHO BEACH”
TOMMY LEFROY SHARE NEW SINGLE & VIDEO ‘JERICHO BEACH’
UPCOMING NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES WITH SAMIA IN 2023
“Storytelling flair from the ambitious duo finding humour in heartbreak” – NME
“[Tommy Lefroy are] reclaiming power in womanhood and queerness.” – NPR
(Toronto, ON – October 21, 2022) – Today, Tommy Lefroy release their brand new single ‘Jericho Beach’ – a gorgeous acoustic reverie bloom into a widescreen coming-of-age epic named after the Vancouver beach, a kind of sandy boulevard of broken dreams where, as the lyrics say, “the pavement is a portal, and I’m 16 and I don’t know how to handle being mortal…”. It follows their last track ‘Dog Eat Dog’, a bruising, satirical take on the women-as-rivals theme with a fitting video echoing Joan of Arc, as the second single to be released from their upcoming project.
Rebellious candour, existentialism, and friendship are at the crux of what drives and motivates Tommy Lefroy, the songwriter, producer and artist project by Wynter Bethel and Tessa Mouzourakis. Described as a “band for our fever dreams,” it was a series of sliding doors moments and necessity – with both women 5000 miles apart and facing cataclysmic shifts in their romantic and everyday lives – that brought Tommy together. Bonded by literature and lyrical precision, the name Tommy Lefroy was born out of Jane Austen’s real-life Mr Darcy – the original 19th-century fuckboy Thomas Langlois Lefroy – a man who broke the author’s heart. Tommy Lefroy’s mission? To subvert the broken woman trope and become heroic lead characters themselves. From meeting in Nashville in 2018 to continually crossing paths at house parties, when Tessa went to see Phoebe Bridgers’ supergroup Boy Genius play in her hometown Vancouver, she watched in awe and thought: “I want this, I can do this.” She posted a cover of their song “Ketchum, ID” on her Instagram story and Wynter responded: “Can we start a band?”. Both strong and “laughably existential” female characters in their own lives, and together, a musical powerhouse with an enduring soul connection, the band moved to London and released their debut EP Flight Risk in 2021, a sonic haze of ethereal, storytelling, which has amassed over 20 million streams and included breakthrough single ‘The Cause’.
“’Jericho Beach’ started as a hypothetical coming of age story–we wanted to pull from collective experiences to offer this portrait of growing up, afraid of changes but in awe of possibility, especially early love. Jericho Beach (depicted in the cover art), is a beach Tessa grew up near in Vancouver, where kids went to learn how to park, to have parties, to kiss and to break up.”
– Tommy Lefroy
Connecting with young female fans through perseverance, honesty, and lyrics that move you, make you cry and make you angry, the best friends have already won fans at NME, NPR & Rolling Stone and now have over 2 Million monthly listeners on Spotify. For a project that started over Zoom in a dark time when collective effervescence was taken away, seeing the tangible effect their music has had on fans this summer at live shows has blown Wynter and Tessa away.
With queues around the block for their performance at The Great Escape, and a summer of sold-out tours and festival triumphs, with fans singing back every lyric from Flight Risk, they have just completed a headline tour across the US and have recently announced they will be opening for Samia across Northern America in early 2023.
North American Tour Dates with Samia
02.06 – Ashville, NC – Orange Peel
02.07 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
02.08 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
02.10 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
02.11 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel
02.14 – Montreal, QC – Le Studio TD
02.15 – Toronto, ON – Opera House
02.17 – Chicago, IL – Vic Theatre
02.18 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
02.20 – Denver, CO – Goth Theatre
02.21 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Grand @ The Complex
02.23 – Seattle, WA – Crocodile
02.24 – Vancouver, BC – Hollywood Theatre
02.25 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
02.27 – San Francisco, CA – Bimbo’s 365
03.02 – Los Angeles, CA – Fonda Theatre
03.04 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom
03.07 – Austin, TX – Scoot Inn
03.08 – Dallas, TX – Trees
03.10 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse
03.11 – Nashville, TN – Brooklyn Bowl
For tickets and more information please visit here.
Built as an anchor to get them through uncertain and tumultuous times, the project has felt like an act of rebellion against the constraints and expectations they had of themselves, derived from societal expectations of what it means to be a woman, especially in music. Capturing care-not independence in their lyrics and a do-all approach to their creative process they find inspiration from unapologetic female storytellers like poet, Anne Carson, as well as Joni Mithcell, Patti Smith and Phoebe Bridgers, and creative contemporaries Sharon Van Etten, Samia & Haim. As multi-instrumentalists and producers, they excel in sculpting a dreamscape sound from finespun acoustics, fuzzy, distorted guitars and experimenting with everyday details from the world around them.
The stories they’ve written for each other, for their friends, and for the lovers who left, detail the storms of tearaway youth, stumbling in and out of love, and finding humour along the way. Cerebral, funny, profound, and prone to apocalyptic thinking, Tommy Lefroy are a safe space for messy minds in a world spun out of control.
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