Free Energy | 01.24.13

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freeenergy 75I know I’m gushing about how everything was peachy, that’s because really I couldn’t find anything wrong with this show.


Old Rock House, St. Louis

For the 150 or so people who braved the cold to see Philly’s Free Energy, they were treated to a heck of a good show. Free Energy’s music is best described as the child of the Cars, Cheap Trick, and some Saturday night summer party. In their pitch-perfect 70ish-minute set, the band rarely slowed down other than the occasional thank you to the enthusiastic but smaller crowd.

Free Energy is aptly named, as they are full energy on stage; the crowd certainly feeds off of that as there was a whole lotta dancing going on—as in, I haven’t seen that much crowd dancing at a show for a non-electronic band. The two guitarists and the lead singer moved and jumped around on stage more than a class of aerobics instructors, all with huge smiles on their faces.

The set was a good mix of songs from their debut Stuck on Nothing and the newest release Love Sign (see my album review). The rhythm section was tight and the band played together like a very well-oiled machine, having a good time on stage. Their performance showed skill most bands touring for their sophomore album do not normally possess, particularly with their drummer and lead guitarist.

The sound at the Old Rock House was perfect. I could hear everything going on without the songs being distorted and muddled, which for Free Energy’s songs is kind of key, especially when it comes to the guitar solos (which were excellent).

I know I’m gushing about how everything was peachy, that’s because really I couldn’t find anything wrong with this show. I was worried about how their almost naïve and innocent songs would translate to a live setting, but they came across as genuine and were performed very well. The crowed skewed very young and they loved this band that night. Standout tracks included “Free Energy,” “Bang Pop,” “Dark Trance,” “Street Survivor,” and “Hangin.” | Mike Koehler

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