Video: DWNTWN, ‘Heroine’


Starting as the collaboration between Jamie Leffler and Robert Cepeda, DWNTWN has released two EPs of buoyant, poignant dream-pop. The song “Heroine,” from April’s self-titled release, is especially heart-rending – Leffler wrote it about her father, Howie Epstein, who died 11 years ago from complications relating to drug use. Says Leffler: “I wrote this song about my dad who died of a heroin overdose when I was 14. He was the bassist for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers so I grew up on the road with him. It was really sad and hard for me to watch someone I love be overcome by addiction. I was kind of scared to write about something this personal, but I’m really happy that we made this song. It’s really special to me, and I thank you all for listening.” The video for the song was shot and edited by Cepeda and Leffler themselves.