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The Freeze

THE FREEZE Thirty Years of Defiance: Cape Cod, MA's punk rockers, The Freeze first formed in late 1978. All band members were still in high school. They weren't even old enough to drive to Boston, a city where the underground music scene was flourishing. This geographic isolation allowed the Freeze to invent themselves on their own terms, and they did so by infusing a bold sense of melody and unforeseen lyrical intensity into an aggressive, stripped-down punk style that was soon to be embraced as "hardcore". The band took an anti-conformist/anti-ignorance, pro-civil rights/liberty and freedom ...read more

THE FREEZE Thirty Years of Defiance: Cape Cod, MA's punk rockers, The Freeze first formed in late 1978. All band members were still in high school. They weren't even old enough to drive to Boston, a city where the underground music scene was flourishing. This geographic isolation allowed the Freeze to invent themselves on their own terms, and they did so by infusing a bold sense of melody and unforeseen lyrical intensity into an aggressive, stripped-down punk style that was soon to be embraced as "hardcore". The band took an anti-conformist/anti-ignorance, pro-civil rights/liberty and freedom stance. Using vitriolic, yet spot on satire the The Freeze began actively criticizing hypocrisy as they saw it, Clif's lyrics inviting comparisons with Jello Biafra, Bob Mould and Greg Graffin.

In 1982 The Freeze released 8 songs, including the title track, on the now classic HC compilation, "This Is Boston, Not LA". Although cleverly marketed as a call for competition between national HC scenes, it had been mischaracterized and were merely a simple warning against the "dance the same, dress the same", trendiness plaguing the very underground scene they had a hand in building. The band quickly gained a large following playing to sellout all-ages crowds all over the Northeast. Lead singer Clif Hanger had set up dozens of all-ages shows on the Cape featuring local Boston bands - SS Decontrol, Gang Green, Jerry's Kids, The F.U.'s etc - as well as national touring acts, like Black Flag, G.G. Allin and Mission Of Burma. The Freeze was also one of the few early American hardcore punk bands to headline their own national as well as European tours solely on the success of their independently released records. By today's internet-age/indie label standards that might seem like no big deal, however in the early Eighties, there was no established circuit for independent music and the band often opened up new markets across the country as a result. While a vast majority of the band's original peers from the early American Hardcore era have either broken up or disappeared from the recording and touring circuit, The Freeze have continued to remain a vital force as they enter their 30th year as a band. They are praised both in the press and by other modern punk bands for their longevity and unwavering idealism and their influence is certainly felt in more recent strains of modern punk and melodic hardcore. They still tour the world and -as evidenced by the band's last effort One False Move - the band is currently releasing the strongest music of their career.

Schizophrenic records, whom over the past 6 months have re-released the bands first two records - "Land of the Lost" and "Rabid Reaction", a live album of the band playing their 6th show titled "Live At The Mill Hill Club, 1980", as well as new pressings of their first single 1980's "I Hate Tourist's" and the 1982 4-song EP "Guilty Face", are currently set to release two separate volumes of rare out takes, unreleased tracks and lost versions of well-known material.

Since 1999's "One False Move" The Freeze hadn't returned to the studio to record any new material. In July 2011, Clif and veteran guitarist DB recruited Dave Diamond (Soul Trash frontman/guitarist), Arvin Mai (El Nada and Death Mickies bassist) and Gizz Lazlo (Dr. Know, UK Subs, BadTown Boys drummer) to record and EP's worth of material for their upcoming European tour. The EP titled "Blood Flows Home" was recorded at Sonic Trash Studio in Lake Balboa, CA and released by the band's label Rabid Reaction Records. Bill Close even came into the studio to record the lead guitar tracks for what has been said is the best the band has ever sound in their 32+ year career.

Look for the band to be returning to the road non-stop as of August 2011. The Freeze have already begun writing songs for their upcoming full-length, which is scheduled for release in early 2012 prior to their US and European tours. Check the band's website for updates: www.thefreezepunk.com « hide

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LPs
One False Move
1999

Freak Show
1995

Crawling Blind
1994

Misery Loves Company
1991

3.3
2 Votes
Rabid Reaction
1985

3.7
9 Votes
Land Of The Lost
1984

3.9
6 Votes
EPs
Guilty Face
1984

3
2 Votes
Compilations
Token Bones (A Collection Of Recordings 1980-1996)
1996

4.3
2 Votes

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