The Freeks are a bunch of psychedelic rock veterans from California with some former Nebula and Fu Manchu members. Knowing that, you might as well go over to Heavy Psych Sounds and order a copy of this album. I mean, with experienced people like that, this should be an absolute smasher, no? Well, maybe not necessarily. In my opinion, a band is only as good as it is right now, regardless of what the members have been doing in the past. (Metallica and Lou Reed anyone?)
Anyway, rest assured, you can't go wrong with The Freeks. Their punk induced psychedelic rock and fuzzed out grooviness is a delight to listen to. It contains enough energy to blast a small city off the face of the earth. Opener 'Tiny Pieces' rages on, setting the tone for the "heavy" part of the album. At this point, I'm reminded of Nick Oliveri's Mondo Generator but something tells me that there will be a lot more going on.
And it does, 'Where Did You Go' showcases some gritty stoner blues rock, while 'Strange Mind' drags the listener into an immersive amount of fuzz and hypnotic drums. And if that's not varied enough, gradually the psychedelic jams appear. The lingering 'Sylvia' is my favorite track here, shortly followed by 'Space Bar', another masterpiece of heavy psychedelic music. Come to think of it, there are plenty of psychedelic masterpieces being written these days. The seventies are clearly not over yet.
So, to conclude, I recommend checking out this album. There might be a possibility that you need to give it some time and a few listens to grow on you, but once it is in your system you'll love it. At least, that is what happened to me. The album closes with the brilliant 'Blow Me Away', a title that beautifully explains what The Freeks have been doing in the past fourty-six minutes. Rock on, my friends.