Nearly any teenager can tell you a dozen or so bands that are really good, but nobody has ever heard of. If you dig deep enough onto the internets, or just spend time browsing around on iTunes, you can usually find some music that absolutely blows you away… and then you find that this band has been around for ten years or so. Then you get angry…
You get angry because mainstream media should have brought this to your attention a long time ago. Thankfully, as the internet has evolved from an underground media to mainstream, many underground bands are finding themselves mainstream as well.
A good example of this is the band Freezepop. They started up in Boston over 10 years ago, and like many good local bands had moderate success in their region. The band is comp0sed of Kasson Krooker (who is also the Producer of Rock Band), Sean Drinkwater, and Liz Enthusiasm (Jussie Gamache).
I found out about Freezepop when playing Guitar Hero 2. Their song “Less Talk More Rokk” absolutely blew my mind and immediately became one of my top favorites ever. I had to find out more about this band, and when I did, I found that they have been around for a decade.
Many others found Freezepop the same way I did. Now they have a cult Internet following, but still aren’t mainstream enough for my tastes. Not only are every one of their songs extremely catchy, but the lyrics are clever, and even throw in science, math, and gaming jokes every now and then.
Let’s face it: geeks are now mainstream. One show called “The Big Bang Theory” is a sitcom about a group of theoretical physicists, and has become rather popular… this wouldn’t have been possible if geeks weren’t the average demographic.
I fully expect to see Freezepop on every Top 40 and dance radio station within the next few years, and if I don’t then I’ll lose all faith in humanity.
It doesn’t take a geek to enjoy the music of Freezepop… I think it helps to appreciate them more, though. If you even remotely like Tenacious D, They Might Be Giants, or any dance music at all, then you NEED to check out Freezepop. I guarantee that you’ll immediately buy all of their albums.