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Freedom From Disguise

Self-titled CDR

Public Eyesore

Genres: Japanese rock, surf-rock

Bryan Day
3301 Dewey St. Apt. #8
Omaha, NE 68105

Oct 13 - 19 2003

CDR label Public Eyesore is traditionally known best for their avant-garde releases, although occasionally they delve into other underground music genres.  Freedom From Disguise's self-titled disc is their most recent adventure into "pop" music, an album of female-fronted Japanese DIY rock music.  And like all PE releases, it's really, really good.

Lead singer Tome's vocals are the most striking thing about this disc.  Her punk-influenced, attitude-packed singing is a perfect choice for the album's fiery, energetic tunes.  Likewise, the band's instrumental aspect is right-on.  Boasting a very surf-influenced backbone (particularly in the song's throbbing bassline), it comes at you in a vicious assault of passionate axe squall.  Tracks like the infectious, explosive "Midnight Walker" and the funky theme song "Stupid Game" are pure fun.  As a bonus, this disc boasts a bunch of live tracks as well.

All in all, this is a true artifact of underground Japanese rock.  Collectors of the style of music are sure to be pleased, as are those just curious in what the genre has to offer.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 10 tracks, distributed by All That's Heavy, released 2003]