Just over a year ago, from the ashes of the now defunct indie outfit Hockey Night, frontman Paul Sprangers and guitarist Scott Wells formed Free Energy. After collecting a few more bandmates and recording some demos, DFA records picked them up. That's right James Murphy's label for the disco inclined took a liking to this classic rock loving group of power rockers. While their debut album isn't due out until January, the EP Free Energy
is a collection of the first few title tracks that the band has been riding since the summer. It's heavily influenced by the late 70's early 80's classic rock of bands like Tom Petty, AC/DC, and Thin Lizzy, you know fun, road trip inspiring tunes. Hey, they don't call it classic rock for nothing right?
The title track "Free Energy" opens with the proverbial "more cow bell" situation and transitions into a number of hyped up electric riffs and a driving bass line. The song is about being young and driving fast and living it up while you still can in the big city, and is clearly one of the leading singles for the upcoming full-length. "Dark Trance" and "Something in Common" follow respectively and feel more like B sides, slowing it down a bit, and giving Spoon, rather than 1978, a run for it's money. The last track on the EP is their first single, a joyous road bound rocker called "Dream City".
Overall Free Energy
is a likable collection of the bands' first few swings in the recording studio together. For such a young band they definitely have a cohesive sound and direction, and I'm curious to see where the full album will go. These guy are lucky to have Murphy at the helm, maybe hanging out around all that new rave neon will give their power chords a unique tint or two.- amelia trask
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MP3: Free Energy - "Dream City" (Free Energy EP)
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