Continuing with our premiere week, we are heading over to the Midwest where the incredible new music video by Freakabout takes place.
“Queen of the Dust” – the second single off their new album – was filmed across the Salt Flats of Utah and plains of Weeping Water, Nebraska. It contains a strong female empowerment narration paired with epic nature cinematography, shrieking guitars, and pounding percussion. They even “burned down” a house.
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.