ALBUM REVIEW: I like my 90’s rock and love it when bands take slices and load squealing droning distorted guitars and paste them up in their songs in a melodic format. This is not your monotone indie rock-band and I wouldn’t dare call Free Electric State’s – Caress retro in the least but there are hints of undeniable dark influences like Sioux and the Banshees backed with the equal nod to pop sentiment of The Breeders; mixed in there when the band breaks it down and turns the fuzz-off, you get a blast of warm vocal air. Holistically it’s raw enough to please your shoe-geezer crowd and way better than most ironically groomed facial hair bands.
The dueling guitars are led by David Koslowski and Nick Williams which are complimented gracefully by the vocals of Shirlé Hale. Koslowski and Hale are North Carolina transplants who had played previously together in Baltimore’s Gerty! and Ex-Members. Koslowski foremerly fronted local grungesters Liquor Bike and made infamous Melody Lane their home. Needless to say these folks can be my DJ’s anytime and that is saying a lot.
“Six is one” By Free Electric State
Catch them live in 2010:
May 20th CAT’S CRADLE w/ Silver CARRBORO, NC
May 28 THE WINDUP SPACE w/ Hammer No More The Fingers BALTIMORE, MD
May 29 The RED & The BLACK w/ Hammer No More The Fingers WASHINGTON, DC
Jun 4 NEW FRENCH BAR w/ Hammer No More The Fingers ASHEVILLE, NC
Jun 5 Annual Daniel Festival w/ Hammer No More The Fingers PULASKI, VA
Jun 10 RESERVOIR CARRBORO, NC
Jun 11 THE SOAPBOX WILMINGTON, NC
Jun 12 Art Bar COLUMBIA, SC
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