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Make It To The Show: THE FREEKS Aeroplane Icon
Adam McKinney
June 01, 2023
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It’s so important to have a frontman that can carry a band to greatness on the back of his charisma and presence. Led Zeppelin had that in Robert Plant, Black Sabbath had Ozzy Osbourne, and AC/DC were lucky enough to get it twice with Bon Scott and Brian Johnson. The Freeks, fronted by Ruben Romano (Fu Manchu, Nebula), share elements with all of the aforementioned bands, though they tend to incorporate more of the Los Angeles psychedelic fuss. Romano’s scratchy wail is instantly reminiscent of so many bands that dominated the ‘70s, and with the joyous musicianship of his bandmates, the Freeks become absolutely infectious.


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On their most recent LP, 2018’s Crazy World, they seem to delight in the interplay between heady psych vibes and more immediate garage rock. In 2022, though, they released Miles of Blues, which served both as their half of a split EP with an Australian band, and some unreleased demos. In the time between those albums, Romano took a backseat from the spotlight, and Jason Huebner came on board as lead vocalist. Huebner’s vocals, gruffer and more muscular than Romano’s, bring a different sort of swagger to the band. Along with that switch, much of the lightness has seemed to have disappeared from the Freeks as they lean further into the rumbling cacophony of stoner-rock. Check them out at the Plaid Pig and let us know just how dizzy you got from all the head-banging you’re bound to do.

 

The Plaid Pig

The Freeks, w/ Eroder; Blood, Fire and Rainwater

Doors at 8pm, Show at 9pm, $10

5214 South Tacoma Way


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