Freebish: A Life of Saturdays
By: Lauren Jonik (firstname.lastname@example.org)
time is right, my day has come, it's going to start today..."
sings Kyle, lead singer of Dexter
Freebish in the title track of their phenomenal Capitol Records
debut cd, A Life of Saturdays. Amongst swirling guitars,
catchy, meaningful lyrics and melodies you will be humming all day,
is an album to move to, one that makes you inhale all of the moment
and then exhale deeply just before the next possibility comes to
greet you. Like their nakesame, a rollercoaster at Astroworld in
Houston, Texas that some of the band members rode while growing
up, Dexter Freebish is capable of taking you on an exciting emotional
ride, complete with smooth ups and downs.
single, Leaving Town, about the universal quest for happiness
and a greater life, reminds that every journey that leads to our
dreams ultimately brings us closer to ourselves. Chosen out of over
27,000 songs in the annual John Lennon
Songwriting Contest, it won the honor of being Song of the Year.
Over 60 celebrity judges participated, including Elton
John, Foo Fighters, Barenaked
Ladies and Paula Cole.
Freebish formed in Austin, TX, about six years ago, when lead vocalist
Rob Kyle, bassist/vocalist Chris Lowe, drummer Rob Schilz, guitarist/keyboardist
Scott Romig and lead guitarist/vocalist Charles Martin joined forces.
As each band member contributes parts to the whole and each song
offers something different, there is a sense of unity in the band
and continuity to the whole cd. These songs belong together and
flow effortlessly into one another. The song Spotlight highlights
Kyle's strong, present vocals, while questioning the effects of
celebrity. And, proving that this is an album full of musical details
to be discovered, it includes some sounds from Beck's dj, DJ
Swamp. The gentle Tomorrow is a vulnerable, heartfelt
acknowledgment of gratitude to those who have made a difference
in their lives. The contagious ahhh-ooohs of Deeper complement
the plea "help me understand." Bring Me Water conjures
spiritual images of a person, standing with an open heart and open
arms asking all of the universe to allow the best and most simple
gifts in life, like laughter, to come. It is a soft, relaxing conclusion
to both the album and the journey.
want to swim the deepest ocean, be poetry in motion on a Paris night,
yeah, I just want to fantasize, oh the perfect place to be... my
life of Saturdays." For Dexter Freebish, whose music could
easily be described as poetry in motion, the perfect place to be
just might be exactly where they are.