Brighid Fry (she/they) and Pascale Padilla (they/she) are, quite simply, the future of music. The two Toronto-based songwriters of Housewife write and perform their own songs and think genres are boring and reductive. They are queer and allies, activists and champions of the environmentalist Music Declares Emergency. In fact, Housewife sums it up pretty concisely in its Twitter bio: “Opinionated feminist indie band.”

And they’re only getting started. At 19 and 20 years old, Fry and Padilla already released their debut self-titled EP in 2017 and a follow-up EP, Better Daughter, which the CBC named one of the “22 Albums You Need to Hear” in the summer of 2020. Additionally, they’ve already won a Canadian Folk Music Award, a Toronto Independent Music Award, the Canadian Songwriting Competition (in the under 18 category), and the Slaight Music It’s Your Shot award. With their new songs, releasing via Hazel Street Records (Sony / Orchard), Housewife returns with its most mature and insightful collection to date. Though Housewife began with folksier roots, their new sound stays within an admittedly broad pop-rock vein. These tracks open with laughter, a tell-tale sign of the singer-songwriters’ long-standing friendship, dating back to their days of carpooling together in elementary school.

The band was nominated for Group or Duo of the Year at the 2021 Indies Awards which is part of Canadian Music Week alongside Half Moon Run and dvbbs and are very active outside of music as well. They co-founded an organization called Climate Live Canada to raise awareness around the climate issues we are currently facing and just had their first livestream which included performances by Barenaked Ladies, July Talk, The Weather Station, etc.

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