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The Freeze are a seminal punk rock band from Cape Cod, Massachusetts that came together in 1978 when they were teenagers.[1][2] The band's first release was the "I Hate Tourists / Don't forget me Tommy" 7 inch which was released in 1980. The Freeze had nine songs appear on the important New England punk rock compilation "This Is Boston, Not L.A." in 1981. They have recorded many full length albums including "Land of the Lost", "Rabid Reaction", "Misery Loves Company" and arguably their greatest album, "Freak Show" which was released in the early 1990s. The Freeze's last studio album entitled "One False Move" was released in 1999. The album's cover art was drawn by the late American artist, writer, and Cape Cod resident Edward Gorey.

The band is known for their dark lyrics, original punk rock melodies, and their longevity. A lot of their early lyrics deal with alienation, drug-use/abuse and paranoia [especially of the government and especially of the Reagan-Bush years]. A constant theme or thread regarding apathetic observers or people willing to give up their freedoms for fear of losing their "security" is also apparent in their work.

A major amount of the bands creativity seems to spring from the constant friction between founding members Hangar and Close, who have had a legendarily tumultuous on-again off-again musical relationship.

Dr. Strange Records is in the process of releasing all of The Freeze's extensive back catalog. Band founder, songwriter, and vocalist Clif Hangar is the only member that has been in every incarnation of the band which has seen many line-up changes in it's past. Guitarist Bill Close has been in many of the line-ups over the years.

In 2009, they toured Europe. In 2011, they released an EP, Blood Flows Home.

2019 saw the band return with a new studio album, "Calling All Creatures", their first full length in 20 years. The album's 12 new song's, from the core songwriting duo of Hanger and Close, is a surprising return to form and ranks among their best!

Discography[edit source | editbeta]Edit

  • "Don't Forget Me Tommy/I Hate Tourist's" 7" 1980
  • "Wicked Good Time: Vol. 2" (compilation) 1981
  • "This Is Boston, Not L.A." (compilation) 1982
  • "Unsafe at Any Speed" (compilation) 1983
  • "Guilty Face Ep" 10" 1982
  • "Land of the Lost" 1983
  • "Rabid Reaction" LP 1985
  • "Life is a Joke vol. 3" (compilation) 1987
  • "Revenge of the Kamikaze Stegosaurus From Outer Space" (compilation) 1988
  • "Guilty Face + 3" EP 10"1990
  • "Misery Loves Company" LP 1991
  • "PTP" 7" 1991
  • "Bloodlights" 7" 1991
  • "Five Way Fury" LP 1992
  • "Double Dosed" LP 1992
  • "Crawling Blind" LP 1994
  • "The Freeze and the Kilrays" CD 1995
  • "Freakshow" CD 1996
  • "The Freeze 11/2/96" 7" 1996
  • "A Deadly Duo" 10" (w the Bollweevils) 1996
  • "Token Bones" 1997
  • "One False Move" LP 1998
  • "Boston Wolfpack" 1999
  • "Welcome to Planet Earth" 7" 1999
  • "Live at the Mill Hill Club in 1980" 2007
  • "Blood Flows Home" CD-EP 2011
  • "Calling All Creatures" LP 2019

Members[edit source | editbeta]Edit

Current members[edit source | editbeta]Edit

  • Clif Hanger - Vocals
  • Bill Close – Guitar
  • Zack Carmichael - Guitar
  • Aaron Hjarmarson - Drums
  • Johnny Justice - Bass

Former members[edit source | editbeta]Edit

  • Johnny Baxter – Drums
  • Rob (DeCradle) Rosenthal – Guitar
  • Pat Leonard – Bass
  • Pat Brady – Drums
  • Paul Delano – Guitar
  • Scott Moulaison – Drums, Vocals
  • Steve Wood – Guitar
  • Rick Andrews – Bass
  • Marc Thalasitas – Guitar, Vocals
  • Daniella Thalasitas – Bass
  • Craig Adams – Bass
  • Eric Short – Guitar
  • Joe Koonz – Guitar and Vocals
  • Ronald Cormier – Guitar
  • Kevin Vicha ("Kev") – Drums
  • Lou "Chip" Cataldo-Drums
  • Walter Gustafson-Drums
  • Chuck Stilphen – Guitar
  • Mark Leonard – Bass
  • Chris Barone – Drums
  • Anthony Pizzo – Guitar
  • Patrick "Swedish" Souza - Drums
  • Slade Anderson – Guitar
  • John - Guitar
  • Molusk - Bass Guitar
  • Jason - Drums
  • Joshy Wastrel – Guitar, Vocals
  • Gizz Lazlo
  • David diamond
  • Arvin mani
  • Frank Anderson
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