Let us take a quick journey back a few decades. A time where the war on drugs was just beginning and Reaganomics were but a blossoming idea. We had our MTV, “money for nothing and our chicks for free,” and The Cars and Cheap Trick filled the airwaves. Now back to reality. MTV sucks, Reaganomics has ruined the economy, the war on drugs failed, and the radio is.... well, we will just leave it there. The guys in Free Energy may have missed the ‘80s by a few decades, but musically speaking would have been in great company seeing as how their tunes evoke the spirits of all of the aforementioned groups.
Hailing from Philadelphia (after initially being founded in Minneapolis), the five- piece pop rock group made up of brothers Scott and Evan Wells, with Paul Sprangers, and Nicholas Shuminsky,.have been making waves and taking names, having already showcased their talents on the Late Show with David Letterman, and being named one of the best bands of 2010 by Rolling Stone magazine. Touring with the likes of Mates of State, Titus Andronicus, and The Postelles lead up to a support slot on Weezer’s “Memories” tour as well as the Weezer Cruise, both in 2012. Having connected with LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy to work production on their debut album, “Stuck On Nothing,” (Murphy’s label DFA Records released the album) the band’s penchant for hook-driven power-pop has built quite the buzz leading up to their sophomore release, “Love Sign,” which the band opted to self-release through their label Free Energy Records. Free Energy has got a full agenda already planned out for 2013 including a heavy touring schedule and several festival appearances. ANDREW POHL