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THE FREEZE "The land of the lost" [RARE!!!]

THE FREEZE \"The land of the lost\" [RARE!!!]

One of the best bands to emerge from the early 80ies Boston punk/HC scene (though the group actually hailed from nearby Cape Cod), the Freeze emerged in 1980 with the "I Hate Tourists" single. Later on in 1981, they recorded tracks that would appear on the now legendary "This Is Boston Not L.A." comp on Modern Method Records, the label which pressed all of their early material onto vinyl. It was during these seminal sessions that the band's sound was solidified. While other Boston bands like GangGreen and Jerry's Kids had more the definitive high speed hardcore sound, the Freeze were first and foremost more a traditional UK-inspired punk band, concentrating most on snottiness, humor, and catchiness. The Freeze have a sound that, though influenced heavily by their hardcore roots, transcends those boundries. Cliff is an amazing lyricist with a knack for incredibly catchy melodies with a tough and dangerous undercurrent. This dichotomy wins them acceptance in the underground while allowing them to cross-over in to the mainstream. They formed in Boston in1979. They released a self-produced single "I Hate Tourists" in 1980 that received heavy local airplay, garnered much favorable local press, and led to their signing with Modern Method Records. In 1982-83 THE FREEZE were featured on three Modern Method compilations: "Wicked Good Time Volume Two" (featured "American Town" ), "This Is Boston Not L.A." (featured eight FREEZE songs including the title track), and "Unsafe At Any Speed" (featured "Refridgerator Heaven"). 1984 brought the release of the "Guilty Face" 7 inch as well as their first full-length LP "Land Of The Lost" . In 1985 THE FREEZE toured the country in a black hearse in support of their LP and contributed a track to the Flipside compilation. The tour was cut short in Minneapolis when Cliff dove off the stage, destroyed his face, and had to be rushed to the hospital. In 1986 THE FREEZE put out their second album "Rabid Reaction" and toured the U.S. and Canada extensively. On their sixth trip to Canada they were stopped and strip searched at the border; the authorities confiscated marijauna, switch-blades and pornography and banned them from Canada for a year. The band broke up in 1989, but then reunited for a benefit show in 1990 and decided to keep playing together. In1991 TAANG! Records approached THE FREEZE about re-relasing their out-of-print-material and were surprised to learn that there were four new FREEZE songs recorded. Curtis (TAANG!) listened to the new material and was so psyched on it that he offered to put out an entire new FREEZE album. The band returned immediately to the studio and recorded their awe-inspiring release, "Misery Loves Company" which received an incredible response from critics. They were on the cover of both Concrete Foundations and CMJ's Loud Rock Report, and charted in metal and alternative.
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