Free Energy, Foxy Shazam and Hollerado
October 22, 2010
Better than: listening to politicians try to inspire hope with the upcoming elections.
Theirs isn't necessarily the most creative music, but Free Energy does make refreshingly hopeful power-pop without the hipster irony or the pretentious indie cred that's so prevalent in today's music scene.
And the band had plenty to overcome: Fans of the overly flamboyant opening act Foxy Shazam clamored to get their pictures taken with lead singer Eric Nally as Free Energy started its set. The rest of the audience, it seemed, was intent on watching the Rangers pound the Yankees.
None of this seemed to matter to the surprisingly humble Free Energy, though, which, within this jungle of of a party, simply tuned up its instruments and prepared for their show on stage.
Earlier in the night, the first opening act, the Ontario-based Hollerado, won over the crowd within a few songs. With Local Natives-like harmonies meeting Beach Boys sensibilities and Spoon's rhythmic groove, it's no wonder that the band has earned Jack White's praise and opened for The Dead Weather. Plus, the the drummer showed off some immensely skilled free-form solos.
They were also funny at times, though: At one point in the show, Nally swallowed three lit cigarettes as if to show off how rebellious he is. And while that's not really rebellious--more likely, it's plain stupid (and his sour-looking face probably would agree)--their fun offerings helped ensure the party feel of the night.
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" courtesy of the band.