Mr. Free and the Satellite Freakout
Zappa and Oingo Boingo meets MC5 and Devo fronted by Les Savy Favís Tim Harrington at the circus- that sort of comes close to describing Mr. Free & the Satellite Freakout. But they are definitely one of those bands that have to be experienced to be believed. And that would account for the legions of believers who have seen them in their hometown of Tucson or on the road on their black, vegetable oil powered bus, which doubles as a venue on wheels. That would also account for the invitation the band received to play the Waterloo Park's main stage at 2008ís huge Mess with Texas during SXSW, which had them sharing the stage with the likes of X, The Breeders and No Age.
There is a Mr. Free and he is not just a singer- heís a performer. With bizarro makeup, costumes that feature everything from loincloths to tutus, this group doesnít just playÖ they put on a show. The performance would be enough in itself, but then thereís the music- dense, dark, whimsical and everything in between, MFSF manages to create music that is both complex and hook-filled. Itís not surprising, considering the band includes Miles Bartlett and Nick Letson, both formerly of The Mean Reds (Record Collection).
Mr. Free's Myspace
1. Do you think Bob Dylan is totally proud of his son Jakob? Or a little embarrassed?
Probably both. Wasn't he in the Wallflowers?
2. Who's your favorite Atlanta rapper?
Oh, so many... Hitman Sammy Sam. I'm a fan of Gucci Mane too.
3. What's your favorite candy bar wrapper?
4. 'Fuck' or 'shit'?
5. Are you related to Lucy Lawless? If not, would you like to be?
Ha! No relation... Is that her real name?
- From Creative Loafing'sTake Five
Mincemeat or Tenspeed
Using solely effects pedals and a mixer (and 2010 0n a sampler), Harms started Mincemeat Or Tenspeed as a recording project that became a live entity in 2006. An initial attempt to learn guitar lead to a deeper interest in effects pedals to the point that the instrument was shunted altogether. The sound of the pedals themselves took precedence and Harms began making rhythmic and melodic adjustments out of a feedback circuit. Labor-intensive trial and error lead to a compositional approach that some mistake for pure improvisation. The essence of this music then is partly its means of production, though in a live setting its rhythmic throb has started plenty of moshpits. Having toured with modern music weirdos like Nero's Day At Disneyland, Social Junk, Foot Village, and Drums Like Machine Guns (with whom he shares a split 12") and shared stages with Black Dice, Parts and Labor, Extreme Animals, and USAISAMONSTER over the past three years, Harms imbues Mincemeat Or Tenspeed with a hardcore work ethic that's earned him a cult following.
Nero's Day at Disneyland
Neroís Day At Disneyland is a triumphant and bombastic project orchestrated by Brock Bousfield from Oakland, California. Blending haunted 15th century sacred music and a tangled mess of burnt out electronic noise with a crushingly huge sense of scope, Neroís Day At Disneyland seems to cram together the entire musical history of the last 2000 years.