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Freewheel!

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Album Review

Freewheel! has the sort of sloppy charm that should have made it a prime candidate for release on the K label — more so than on the band's later and slightly more pop-oriented releases, they tear through occasionally noisy rock, but always foreground the sing-song pop hooks. The result suggests Beat Happening as a rock band, with a reckless sense of fun and humor tying together a string of consistently loveable songs. By 1997's Ennui Go, the band had moved to a low-fi pop take on this sound — but even if Freewheel! is comparatively "unsophisticated," its indie charm is just as present, and its energy is a bit more palpable.

Biography

Formed: Portland, OR

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s

What began as a one-off from like-minded coffee shop dwellers in Portland, OR, swelled into one of the Rose City's longest-lasting contributions to the indie rock world. David French, Luke Hollywood, Christine Denkwelter, Matthew Hattie Hein, and Mattiey Gaunt formed in 1992 to do a one-time opening gig for Sebadoh. They soon recorded a full-length record, Freewheel!, for local indie label Candy Ass Records and became a unique collective of songwriters gelling their disparate tastes into one lo-fi...
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