First thing's first, local duo Freak Out (aka Matthew DeBusschere and Kurt Wagner) are releasing their debut EP, I’m Sorry, tonight at the Star Bar. What’s immediately noticeable here is that each of these six songs takes a very different approach from one track to the next: Each number begins in a new chord and in a different key, giving rise to a broad musical palette that traverses a psychedelic road map while steering clear of any obvious clichés. Even though the specter of all things British psych rock circa ’67-’72 hangs over these songs, there’s a distinct sense of personality at work here — obvious influences remain in the shadows.
Wagner plays drums and DeBusschere (formerly of Young Orchids) handles everything else (vocals, keys, bass, guitar, et al.), including songwriting. Naturally, as this is the group’s first release, there’s a hefty amount of experimentation going on in such songs as “Take Your Clothes Off,” “Jealousy,” and “See the Light." DeBusshere is still wrapping his head around the art of the song, and using a song as a vessel for opinions, observations, and for tempering nagging social and spiritual anxieties.
But there’s a real-time sense of learning going on here that's very compelling, and most of the EP is a build up for the final two songs, “Plastic People” and “Dust Into the Dark.” There’s a lot of naked emotion on display throughout both songs, and specific apprehension that DeBusschere hasn't really even tried to bury under metaphor or change any names to protect the not-so-innocent. But approaching songs like this gives depth to the group’s name, Freak Out. It’s not a rowdy and fuzzed out rock 'n’ roll thang; this is a vehicle for genuine psychological therapy, poured into a brief musical journey that’s just beginning. Debusschere’s strengths lie in the melodies he writes, and while they’re primitive, they're also quite magnetic in their appeal. From a production and from a writing standpoint there’s plenty of room from growth here, but with I’m Sorry there are no apologies are needed.
Freak Out plays the the Star Bar tonight (Thurs., Aug. 16) with Sleepy Genes (celebrating the release of their People EP), Curio Museum, Brain, and Them Thangs. Free. 9 p.m. 437 Moreland Ave. 404-681-9018.
ooooohhhh, I'm so excited!! I can't wait to see them together!
come on man you know you got a bromance. you probably still rock that OutKast…
Yes, 14 is the correct answer. I'll pass your info along to the group's manager,…
That was January of 2007, and they are 21 now, so I'm guessing 14?