Review by James Taylor
Austin’s Freshmillions is the bastard sons of Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters, their self-titled debut a passion pit for schizophrenics. Freshmillions is looped and layered synth-funk from before disco lost it’s cool and before the ’80s became, well, the ’80s.
A dynamic three-piece on stage, Freshmillions is at its heart the brainchild of the clearly out-of-his-mind Geoff Earle. Unleashing demons in a digital format, Earle seems to be battling with an overwhelming outpouring of ideas throughout freshmillions, mostly reigning in his myriad of influences to create something beautiful (opening cut “Forever”) and occasionally missing his mark due to a lack of self-editing (the dub-infused “Percival”).
“The Helicopter” is all smoke and grooves, from the smoothly licked opening guitar riffs to the trapped-inside-Tron vocals about “doing the Helicopter.” Classic rock solos and ample doses of keyboard confusion give “Monty” a classic early ’80s synth rock vibe. Where my Peter Gabriel fans at?!
“The Million Dollar Part 2” is digital uplift mofo music, probably freshmillions’ freshest cut. Local chanteuse Charlie (of Butcher Bear and Charlie) lends her voice to “Just One Word” battling Earle’s Vocodor-heavy voicings. And I do mean battling.
Freshmillions have sculpted a danceable and dense nine-song debut that has captivated the local music community and surely the nation, in time. File alongside: Ratatat, MGMT, Yes Giantess.