Cut Loose with Free Energy

January 20th, 2010

From the city that brought you blunts and booed Santa Claus—Philadelphia—comes the rock quintet Free Energy. Two of its five members, frontman Paul Sprangers and guitarist Scott Wells, were formerly part of the group Hockey Night. Following that band’s demise, they recorded some demos and found themselves in a studio with DFA Records cofounder and LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy. After adding Geoff Bucknam, Nick Shuminksy and Evan Wells to the mix, they had a whole new band with a hook-laden sound reminiscent of ’70s standouts Cheap Trick and Thin Lizzy. “Dream City” earned a Pitchfork designation as one of the Best New Tracks of 2009, and Free Energy’s debut album is due out some time this year (you can stream three songs here). But you don’t need to wait for their disc to check out their sure-to-make-you-move music because they’re playing Brooklyn Bowl in just two days. So check out Free Energy, above, playing “Free Energy” and then go see them play live on Friday night.