freezepop

freezepop

BandEDMPop

super-catchy indie-electro-poppy fun. girl vocals, lots of synthy goodness, with a dash of nerdiness thrown in. we want to make you dance.

Biography

Freezepop has always been something of an oxymoron: embraced by both hipsters and nerds; serious about irony; and retro-futuristic. A synth band in a guitar videogame, singing pop songs about rock. And it all somehow makes sense when you listen to the music.

Formed in Boston in the summer of 1999, Freezepop released two homemade EPs and started a DIY machine that would become one of their trademarks. Their debut album, 2000’s Freezepop Forever, was released domestically on their own label, Archenemy, as well as licensed in Europe by the Spanish indiepop label Elefant. Several more EPs followed, and in 2004, Freezepop put out their sophomore album, Fancy Ultra•Fresh. After nearly eight years of self-releasing their CDs, they partnered with Rykodisc/Cordless Recordings for their most recent album, Future Future Future Perfect. Their single “Less Talk More Rokk” was the iTunes #4 dance/electronic song of 2007, and the band swept the 2008 Boston Phoenix/WFNX Best Music Poll, winning the local categories of Best Band, Best Live Act, and Best Album.

While the band has done well on college radio, repeat-charting in the CMJ Top 50, a key factor in Freezepop’s success has been that they have sought out licensing opportunities as an alternate means of getting their music out into the world. A natural fit on videogame soundtracks, the band saw their following grow through songs in the cult music-based games Frequency and Amplitude, and then increase exponentially after appearing in the massively popular Guitar Hero series, Dance Dance Revolution, and Rock Band. Freezepop’s songs are also featured in television shows as diverse as Showtime’s drama The L Word, MTV’s The Hills, and the PBS children’s series Arthur. Freezepop have a strong connection with their fans and have toured extensively, playing energetic, fun, and chaotic shows throughout North America and Europe.

2009 was an eventful year for Freezepop: after a good deal of touring and releasing an EP, the band celebrated their tenth anniversary. The milestone was a bittersweet one, as founding member Kasson Crooker, a.k.a. the Duke of Pannekoeken, retired from the band after farewell shows in Boston and Seattle. Although the split was amicable and there was plenty of lead time, remaining members Liz Enthusiasm and Sean Drinkwater took the better part of six months to sort through a very short list of replacements, and now welcome two new permanent members to their fold, longtime touring member Robert John “Bananas” Foster and newcomer Christmas Disco-Marie Sagan.

“The new members have pretty big shoes to fill, and it’s a testament to the Duke’s talent that we basically needed two people to replace him,” says Drinkwater. The idea of expanding the band to a four-piece to achieve a more robust sound has been on the table for a while, but it took a serious shake-up to actually get there. “The idea that we could reinvent Freezepop somewhat and return to these ideas that have kept popping up over the years, musically and visually, was exciting, even if it grew out of a less-than-ideal situation,” says Enthusiasm.

Freezepop are currently writing and recording the follow-up to Future Future Future Perfect. For more info, please visit www.freezepop.net, or email freezepop@freezepop.net.

Lyrics

Stakeout

Written By: Freezepop

I know you work across the street
in the indie record store
I'm thinking someday that we'll meet
I'm thinking we'll do something more
I hide behind my magazine
then I see you walk on by
I'm not ready to be seen
I'll just sit right here and spy

boys will come and boys will go
tell me something I don't know
I've seen you here before
I want to see you more and more
you get inside my head
I want you in my bed
from far away I check you out
can't let you see me

I'm on a stakeout
I'm on a stakeout
I'm on a stakeout
I'm on a stakeout

I've got a plan in mind for you
I'm waiting till the time is right
I know that you'll like what I do
no need to put up a fight
watching you from far away
you look so sweet and clueless
soon I'll move in on my prey
it's time for me to do this

watching and waiting
the feeling is elating
biding my time
yeah, I know that you'll soon be mine
soon be mine

can't let you see me
can't let you see me
can't let you see me
I'm on a stakeout
I'm on a stakeout
I'm on a stakeout
I'm on a stakeout

boys will come and boys will go
tell me something I don't know
I've seen you here before
I want to see you more and...
more you get inside my head
I want you in my bed
from far away I check you out
can't let you see me
can't let you see me
yeah, I know that you'll soon be mine

Bike Thief

Written By: Freezepop

what is not, not to like, a shiny bike
no lock, no key...it's there for me
it's for real, i'm gonna steal a pair of wheels
FSU...now you can too

I know soon that someone else
will claim my new bike for themselves
waiting for their lucky day
to make a speedy getaway

I am a bike thief...

our friend the dane, he does the same, no lock, no chain
he rides around ...all over town
to travel far, without a car, he pedals hard
so join the fun...you could have one

want to get from here to there
a bike can take me anywhere
it's not mine, but I don't care
I've had enough of playing fair

i'm riding free
so come with me
we'll be carefree
say it with me

I am a bike thief...

scope it out, you'll be without the slightest doubt
you want it now, i'll show you how
go down tonite, the time is right, it's in your sights
and if you dare, it's sitting there

I know soon that someone else
will claim my new bike for themselves
waiting for their lucky day
to make a speedy getaway
want to get from here to there
a bike can take me anywhere
it's not mine, but I don't care
I've had enough of playing fair

I am a bike thief...

Parlez-Vous Freezepop?

Written By: Freezepop

c'est moi et les garçons, voila, c'est notre vie
nous pensons que c'est bon
de dormir après midi
et parfois nous buvons
dansons pendant la nuit
c'est moi et les garçons, voila
c'est notre vie, c'est notre vie

maintenant c'est à vous, voila
tout le monde doit danser
vous écoutez à nous
et n'arretez jamais
le synth-pop absolu
nous voulons partager
maintenant c'est à vous, voila
tout le monde doit danser

nous sommes freezepop
toujours freezepop
parlez-vous freezepop?
parlez-vous freezepop?
nous sommes freezepop
toujours freezepop
parlez-vous freezepop?
parlez-vous freezepop?

c'est vraiment facile
suivez-moi
c'est vraiment facile
oui, c'est ça

et les garçons et moi
jouons la pop-musique
quand nous faisons comme ça
des chansons synthÈtiques
deviennent meilleurs chaque fois
nous avons un magique
et les garçons et moi, voila!
jouons la pop-musique

nous sommes freezepop
toujours freezepop
parlez-vous freezepop?
parlez-vous freezepop?...

Discography

the orange ep (archenemy, 1999)

the purple ep (archenemy, 2000)

freezepop forever (archenemy in u.s., elefant records worldwide, 2001)

fashion impression function ep (archenemy, 2002)

“bike thief” 12” (archenemy, 2003, 2004)

hi-five my remix ep (archenemy, 2003)

fancy ultra•fresh (archenemy, 2004)

dancy ultra•fresh 12” (archenemy, 2005)

maxi ultra•fresh ep (archenemy, 2005)

the rokk suite single (cordless recordings/archenemy, 2006)

future future future perfect (rykodisc/cordless recordings/archenemy, 2007)

less talk more rokk remix ep, (rykodisc/cordless recordings/archenemy, 2007)

form activity motion ep, (rykodisc/cordless recordings/archenemy, 2008)

Set List

At this point, our typical set list includes 1-3 new songs, all the "hits" (songs from various video games), sometimes a cover (we were doing "the final countdown" and "don't stop believin'" but those have gotten kind of played out, so we're on the lookout for new ones). we generally play for a little over an hour.