Lincoln four-piece rock band FREAKABOUT signals at monumental changes with its supercharged sophomore record BABEZOOKA, a brisk 32-minute romp packing a bold lyrical attitude and mind-bending density. Entrancing harmonies, snake-charming leads and pounding rhythms swirl around each other in a kaleidoscopic cloud of smoke. It crushes as hard as Black Sabbath while injecting technical nuance and a healthy amount of blues influence to color each song differently.
FREAKABOUT’s potential as a torrential force owes itself to both its founding pair and its most recent additions. Cortney Kirby and Aaron Galvan make a molten on-stage pair, the former’s show-stopping vocals and the latter’s iron-heavy riffing positively smolder. Bassist Ben Frerichs adds a burst of pulsing energy while drummer Ian Francis is piston-like and precise. In its best moments, the quartet finds a groove and rides it out to often spectacular conclusions.
Babezooka provides various moments for its players to own the spotlight. Francis, often straightforward on the record, flashes some flare on the head-bobbing “Waste” and strongly boulders his way through “Love Cocaine.” Frerichs shines during the quiet moments of “Waste” and dons the bus driver hat for “Predator.” “Yellow Light” showcases Aaron Galvan’s searing guitar work and Cortney Kirby’s powerful, booming vocal abilities.
Kirby — who has leveled-up as both a vocalist and songwriter since 2015 debut Don’t We All — flexes a more dynamic range on songs like “Queen of the Dust” and “Predator.” Her voice is authoritative and cathartic at its highest points, a fact which helps underscore the subtle and, at times, chilling social and political themes she addresses.
Altogether, BABEZOOKA is as explosive and enticing as its title and as soulful and psychedelic as its Hendrix-recalling cover. More than that, it announces FREAKABOUT as a muscular motor capable of wowing home crowds and taking the road by storm. - Andrew Stellmon
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IN THE PRESS
"Say the name “Freakabout” and the first thing that comes to mind is probably Cortney Kirby’s dynamic, booming voice, capable of carrying a slow burner or an all-out romp. In the band’s first new music since its 2015 full-length debut, it seems that voice has only gotten stronger.
The Lincoln rock quartet has released new single “Yellow Light” along with an accompanying video. It’s the first look at new music since Don’t We All dropped in March 2015, and will appear on the band’s forthcoming sophomore effort later this year.
Despite a pair of lineup changes in the two years since, “Yellow Light” is textbook Freakabout, a marriage of Kirby’s smoky yet powerful vocal style and guitarist Aaron Galvan’s scorching riffs. Bassist Ben Frerichs and drummer Ian Francis (Low Horse, Machete Archive) make a formidable rhythm section and give the track its thudding heartbeat. And the video itself, strobe lit and disorienting, splices retro-style horror movie shots with bright performance footage, amplifying the band’s dark aesthetic."
-Andrew Stellmon of Hear Nebraska, "FREAKABOUT releases spooky, booming new video"
"If you aren’t hip to this week’s Indie Band of the Week, Freakabout, you’d better get a’stepping and plug into their sound! Mixing influences from Arctic Monkeys and Highly Suspect with a little Red Sun Rising and Joan Jett, their incredibly unique and powerful sound is something not to be missed. And they’re just a good group of people to know!"
-Rock Revolt Magazine, "INDIE BAND OF THE WEEK – FREAKABOUT"
"When people think about Nebraska, most of the time they think about corn and football. Nebraska is no slouch when it comes to quality music though. Historically, the most successful act to come out of the state has to be 311, but recently there's been another act coming out of Lincoln, NE to cause a ruckus - FREAKABOUT. Led by a strong female vocal by Cortney Kirby, listen through the music and you can hear that these guys are definitely on to something great."
- Alternative Addiction, "AA Video Debut: FREAKABOUT - "Yellow Light""