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Freeways

Freeways

  • Door The Freeways
  • Release 13-7-2010
  • Muziekgenre Rock
  • Media-indeling CD
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Coming out of Boston, the Freeways take a neo-psychedelic journey out west on their eponymous debut full-length album. Songwriters Frank E. Butkus and Karen Zanes chronicle their tales of the desert, sea and long nights in the city with vocals and guitars drenched in swirling reverb and delay- never using more than a broad stroke to detail anything from the frenetic to the surreal. Butkus (guitar, vocals) and Zanes (vocals, guitar) form the core of the group, using it as a platform to document their often quixotic relationship. They are joined by Mike Swidrak (Sweet Track) on bass and Tim Madden (Epaulettes) on drums/guitar. They caught the attention of local impresario Albert Polk (Streight Angular) in a small club in Cambridge, Mass. In the fall of 2008, soon signing to Polk Records over spring rolls and a handshake at a label showcase. The Freeways' release awakens the feelings of a road trip starting on the east coast with the vintage pop of 'Whenever You Want Me' and 'Neon Light Show,' growing steadily more dreamy and complex as the album heads westward. 'Glass Eye' and 'Casa Loma' draw inspiration from Karen's time spent with artists in San Francisco's Haight district. 'End of Summer' is a haunting surf instrumental evocative of a twilight's drive south along the Pacific Coast Highway. Wearing their California-philia on their rolled-up sleeve, the band plows through a cover of 'Shake the Dope Out,' by influential L.A. band the Warlocks. Although a rock band first and foremost, the Freeways have not hesitated to incorporate multimedia material into their recorded output and live shows, using Super 8 films Butkus and Zanes have created as companions t o their songs. The band hopes to define and redefine their own work through their ever-changing influences and artistic experimentation. Reviews... Dream Drone Foam: 'Not quite sedated, not quite alert, The Freeways' self-titled album feels like a lucid dream, featuring breathy, ethereal vocals against intentionally simple drumbeats. From the murky morning vibes reverberating between satellite waves on "Country," to "Shake the Dope Out," which whispers aggressive refrains over a nimble bassline, The Freeways singular sound hovers somewhere between croon and consciousness. This native Cambridge, garage psych-pop group is a hypnotic testament to the notion that less is more Even though Karen Zanes' alluringly unemphatic vocals stay fixed within a five-note range, if you're into kicking back, you'll be happy to hear more of the same from this consistently dreamy ensemble.' -Emily Hecht (Weekly Dig) Terrascopic Rumbles: 'Debut albums are welcome and interesting, and the eponymous release of Boston's psychedelic garage band The Freeways can certainly be so described. Taking one part vintage pop-psych, one part garage thrash and one part US road trip, the album conceptually journeys from east to west, beginning basic and fuzzed-out with tracks 'Whenever You Want Me' and 'I'll Take It,' before progressing to more swirly fare like their cover of The Warlocks' 'Shake The Dope Out.' Karen Zanes' light voice contrasts with the buzzing guitars and battered drums, but on the quieter 'Country' she is given more space to emote, alongside a tasteful Hammond organ - an album highlight, this cut. 'Casa Loma' again has a more West Coast feel, with particularly evocative guitars. Groovy track 'Glass Eye' really digs the vintage vibe, while the superb concluding cut 'End Of Summer' is a joy. The latter songs rather outshine the former, but this is nonetheless a good release.' -Simon Lewis (Terrascope UK) Psyched: 'After reading too many shitty reviews that included summations like 'band X screwing band Y on Z kind of drugs,' I swore off comparing bands to more-famous bands. It's like quitting cigarettes, however. With a little willpower, I can produce more-creative descriptions. But sometimes, as when I'm listening to the Freeways' debut, I buckle under the anxiety and dock their score for inhabiting the sonic coke den of established psych-rock outfits who are themselves unapologetic late-'60s throwbacks. It's as if they'd invited themselves to a party that fizzled out hours ago but had brought excellent metaphorical hash to share with anyone who's still awake. Considering what the local quartet accomplish within the Black Rebel Jonestown Massacre template on their first try, we can expect superior material down the line. On 'Country,' co-vocalist Karen Zanes summons the ghost of Nico and teaches it to quit being so deadpan. There's a pleasant aroma of menace detectable in the muddy garage haze of 'Love Is a Sick Thing,' and the up-tempo spin on the Warlocks' 'Shake the Dope Out' trumps the original. Which means the Freeways have got off to a better start than the Warlocks did.' -Barry Thompson (The Boston Phoenix) Silver Circle Review: 'Somewhat vaguely understated production values may be a deliberate but misguided attempt to evoke crude '60s product. But Karen Zanes, with a vocal style somewhat reminiscent of Signe Anderson, fronts a band specializing in short songs evocative less of '60s psychedelia than of the nouveau-psychedelia movement of the early 1980s. As such, many of the songs are appealing slices of that mind-manifesting genre. "I'll Take It," "Country," and "End of Summer" are particularly successful in weaving an alluring spell.' - Francis DiMenno (The Noise)

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Kunstenaar: The Freeways
Titel: Freeways
Genre: Rock
Releasedatum: 13-7-2010
Label: CD Baby
Media-indeling: CD
UPC: 884501317900
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