Alex Bleeker and The Freaks are undeniably indebted to a certain shakey-voiced, chord-slamming Canadian on this first single from their self-titled debut LP, but instead of doing impersonations it's like they've extracted dopamine from his brain and dripped it into their beers, the sonic tension numbed by Bleeker's simple short tale about drinking soda on a summer porch. We've met these dudes, and we would rather drink sodas on a porch with them than Neil Young about a thousand times over. That dude seems like he doesn't even drink soda. With Bleeker, there's no hand-wringing over how much certain things might suck—everyone knows—just relax and deal with it. The rest of the album is similarly raucously at ease, like the band's native New Jersey has delusions that it is actually the deep, green woods (For a visual of what that might look like, watch them play "Never Going Back" in a gentrified shithouse). Alex Bleeker and The Freaks will be out on November 27th on Underwater Peoples. Make sure to pick it up.
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