It’s hard not to talk about Freeze The Atlantic without referencing Reuben at least once. I’m sure the band are sick and tired of people like me harking to past, but the reason we do it is because it is a guaranteed stamp of quality amongst those of us who recognise the name. Just look at Future Ages and Jamie Lenman’s solo project at the moment: they are all INCREDIBLE, and for me, Freeze The Atlantic (now only featuring the ex Reuben drummer Guy Davis) is my favourite of these projects. At first, it was hard to accept that a combination of John and Guy could play any other style of music, but with time, this band have turned into a seriously regular listen of mine. Enough of the past: time for the now.
“Stomp Box” is the brand new single from the band’s upcoming second album. It’s been a year and a half since their last release “Speakeasy”, and it’s no wonder: the band have had to replace the bassist and the singer for various reasons! Not easy, but I witnessed the change of personnel for the first time last Summer when I saw them live, and honestly, I was very impressed with how the band managed to turn around their misfortune. They were tight, and sounded great – not everyone can do that after a major upheaval of members.
The new single is everything you’d expect from a FTA song: heavy guitars, melodic choruses, and amazingly creative drums. Added bars and fills throughout the song keep it feeling fresh and thoughtful, whilst the vocal hooks make this a great single. With the easy to sing along to chorus (minus the timing issues some of the crowd will have), I’m sure this will go down a storm, live.
What’s interesting about Freeze The Atlantic, though, is the variety to their music. In my experience of rock at the moment, too many bands find a style of song that’s popular with the crowds, and then change tiny elements of it so that their next release appears to be a completely brand new song…when its not. Not these guys though. Every release has a different vibe to it, and you never feel like you’re being insulted by being made to listen to an album that’s made up of maybe two songs, but with four variations of each. As individual items, all of their songs are good, if not great, but for me, it was the balance of their last album that made it such a good listen. Poppy rock songs were balanced against heavier, alt rock songs, whilst there was also a good dose of lighter, more laid back songs too. They’re really clever musicians, and as such, it’s really easy to distinguish between their songs. And so as great as Stomp Box is on its own right now, I expect that I will come to love it even more within the context of the album.
The band have a significant number of live dates this coming May and June, including a London date on May 25th (which you will definitely see me at). Their self-titled second album is set for release on June 16th, so between now and then, I recommend you go get their first album and start learning some songs.