Daughter | Youth (Live on Letterman)
London’s Daughter made its television debut last night on Late Night with David Letterman, singing “Youth” from off the band’s EP, “The Wild Youth”. I feel a bit like a proud papa, since I’ve been writing about this band for a couple of years now on this blog. It’s good to celebrate a success. Sometimes the record industry, and the media that can propel them, do get it right. This is a very talented band, with an über-talented lead singer, Elena Tonra. It’s her personal lyrics about love and loss that drive Daughter, with her bandmates setting the table with exquisite, moody ambient guitars and timely percussion. Sometimes, when bands get to bigger stages, like a large TV audience, they make the mistake of changing something crucial about the band: Playing a song in a way they normally wouldn’t or presenting a false front that has more commercial appeal. I’ve seen this many times before. In this case, Daughter remained true to itself. The band looked and sounded as they normally do. They also picked a perfect song. “Youth” has it’s quiet and subtle moments, which are a cornerstone to Daughter’s sound — and it’s a track that showcases Tonra’s wonderful lyrical songwriting gifts, “Destroy the middle, it’s a waste of time / From the perfect start to the finish line / And if you’re still breathing, you’re the lucky ones / Because most of us are heaving through corrupted lungs …” The band’s performance did Daughter justice. Listen and watch below. Click here to read archived Their Bated Breath posts about the band. Note: Photo from band’s facebook page. — David D. Robbins Jr.