Saturday, February 27, 2010

Free Energy in Cleveland

Before embarking on their current tour, Free Energy’s frontman, Paul Sprangers, had a lot of spunky, sarcastic ideas for the show. He wanted the celebratory vibe of the music to coincide with equally colorful stunts – throwing confetti at midnight, exploding t-shirt canisters, and levitating drummer Nick Shuminsky in the air mid-performance. Yet if none of his antics work out, Sprangers and the other guys of Free Energy will still bring the party to town. Echoing cowbell and chunky 70’s guitar riffs radiate from their eponymous song, “Free Energy,” one of the new tunes they’ll play along with others off their upcoming album, Stuck on Nothing. With inspiration coming from ZZ Top, Bob Seger, and Fleetwood Mac, expect to hear crunchy melodies and a vintage rock sound. In an effort to modernize that classic sound, Free Energy had LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy produce the new album. He added a dance-worthy sheen to the mix. But their live show will showcase good old rock ‘n roll force with wailing guitars and bouncy bass. Touring partners Foreign Born open the show along with Clovers and DJ Matt Rolin at 8:30 p.m. at the Beachland Tavern (15711 Waterloo Rd., 216.383.1124). Tickets: $10

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