Genres: Japanese rock, surf-rock
3301 Dewey St. Apt. #8
Omaha, NE 68105
Oct 13 - 19 2003
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,
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.
[Vitals: 10 tracks, distributed by All
That's Heavy, released 2003]