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Please Play at Maximum Volume

by The Freek Out

Glitter and Glamour. Delicious classic rock from the future, subsequently returned to the 70's, and then vacuum sealed in a deep cryogenic sleep only to be unceremoniously revived in the year 2003.
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3. Better Than High School
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4. Doo Wah Ooo
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5. Broken Glass
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6. January
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7. My Last Cigarette
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8. Juliana
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9. Classy Whore
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10. Get It
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11. Snuggle Buggie
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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The Freek Out was formed in 2003 by former Tah-Dahs’ guitarist, Michael Bryant, and Gradually the band swelled to enormous proportions. Soon the band was forced to record their first proper album, within their converted garage. They are a converted-garage rock band. No. They are a space-age semi-psychadellic, glamorous rawk band.
Their songs are created from personal experience, or they are fiction. They were written while the band was in exile, terraforming Mars. Their songs can teach you many things about the stars.
Their first album is best enjoyed when played at maximum volume.


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The Freek Out will carry you away.
Before listening to "Please Play at Maximum Volume," you should fully prepare yourself. The Freek Out’s tremendous pop, funk, and rock ‘n roll sound will flow through you and may cause you to react in ways you couldn’t imagine.

Songs like “My Very Special Place,” “Juliana,” and “My Last Cigarette,” display their vigor, with guitar lines that sound much like Television’s "Marquee Moon" or "Low" of David Bowie. Meanwhile, the vocals will enchant you, as Michael Bryant is an engaging tenor with a playful tendency for falsetto, much like Prince. “Classy Whore” and “Snuggle Buggie” are results of bass player Tim Pallanch’s penchant for funk and soul, consisting of grooving guitars and instantly alluring percussion. “Broken Glass” screams rock and roll, without requiring the vocalist to do so. Its guitars are fierce, and Eli Stafford’s drums are tight and aggressive. “Better than High School” shows the band’s sense of humor, featuring the sincere bass voice of Pallanch. It contains an unusual transition, which crosses from heavy rock to an almost-fifties doo-wop sound, and back again. The effect is an awareness of the flexibility of the band, as well as the song’s previously understated hilarity. “January” in particular shows the band’s versatility, with a bass line that reaches out to the listener, and a melody and lyrics that force attention to a softer side of the band. The album ends with “Ash Wednesday,” a party song with an intriguing introduction of dreamy, almost surreal guitars. It progresses into catchy rock that insists for you to “give it up” and “party like it’s Ash Wednesday.”

The band’s high energy and remarkable songs are most likely a result of the Dallas based band being unusual in itself. With three singer/songwriters, the group moves in several different directions within only thirteen songs. But their effort to combine genres, which could have resulted in disaster, is instead a success, allowing the different strengths of the six members to be fully appreciated. Please Play at Maximum Volume is a refreshing addition to any music-lover’s collection.

NONZINE: Vol. 1, Issue ..15 August 18th - August 31st, 2006---Ro

Somehow carousels and cheap wine come to my mind with this imaginative and creat
Music intends to move the listener in one way or another. Its life in motion, up and down, expressed by instruments in differing backgrounds and feelings. Each genre or sound creates their own sensations and we often have to jump from band to band to get the (e)motions we want.

But it doesnt always have to be that way, and a Texas based band, The Freekout, let it be known. Their new album Please Play at Maximum Volume is a gold mine of differing genres and impressions. From start to finish all the bases are covered. Im reminded of Ween during the first two tracks, Very Special Place and Euphoria. Then songs move from a kind of free jazz to punk and ska, sometimes in the same track. And hell, why not some funk too? Or is that motown? Im not entirely sure. It sounds like the Cure gone happy, and then the Beach Boys. Queens of the Stone Age mixed with Goldfinger? Its impossible to use comparisons.

When I started the band I was looking forward to collaborating with some of my friends who wrote songs that I loved. The result has been somewhat fractured, but so far we havent had a specific sound in mind. I dont think that it would be very much fun to cling to one particular aesthetic or genre. Said Michael Bryant, songwriter and guitarist for the band since it was put together in 2004.

Aside from their practiced sound, The Freekout does not slump on lyrical substance. Whether the words are whimsical: I dont get laid enough to feel good. or more serious, the effect is lasting, adhesive and positive. The Freekout approaches their music optimistically and comically, but not at all ignorant to deeper sentiments: All day long finding shade from the gravity.

Somehow carousels and cheap wine come to my mind with this imaginative and creative album. Im offered a very clever 13 track narrative about let downs, love and the adult experience seasoned with good wit and a natural humor.

Tim Pallanch, who recently left the band due to love and a job transfer to Chicago, is chiefly responsible for the humorous material. Hes written so many beautiful, intriguing, tongue in cheek songs. Probably over a hundred. Hes an amazing talent. Said Bryant.

No matter what you like there is something for you on this album. The Freekout is a Swiss army knife of a band, giving you, for once (MTV), a talented group playing music unrestrained by a specific, cloned format. The product is something ultimately strange, innovative and refreshing. Please Play at Maximum Volume is an articulate and light hearted musical picnic. Press play and enjoy.


Expect two more releases soon from The Freekout including a morning album entitled Wake Up Happy along with another more analytical and thought invoking collection, This City Is Killing Me Again. Visit them on the web at www.thefreekout.com.