Freight’s Anxious Music for Anxious Times
locals Freight are another band to add to the list of
What is perhaps most refreshing about Freight is that they understand the power of repetition. Feiring’s guitar lines loop throughout each song, locking into place within the song itself while also locking into the listener’s brain. While many in the indie-rock world seem intent on jamming the stage with multi-instrumental players in order to make incredibly dense (and incredibly long) songs, Freight takes refuge in the simplicity that has often gone hand-in-hand with the best of rock ’n’ roll.
Part of such a strategy was thrust upon the band due to practical concerns. Cohen is actually a drummer by training, but was asked by other Freight members to take up the bass. “So, naturally,” Feiring explains, “a person that doesn’t really know how to play bass would make things more simplistic.” Yet there is more to this commitment to simplicity than a bass player forced to learn on the fly. To Feiring, the band was “intrigued by the idea of each instrument working together to create a bigger sound.”
Cohen concurs, adding that “it’s kind of a nice break from other bands out there now, where everything is as complicated as possible.”
course, Freight is not the first band to rediscover the power of keeping it
simple, a fact of which they are well aware. Commenting on his love of the
Intriguingly, Feiring chalks up this shared Midwestern sound to the weather. “The idea that the winters are cold and bands hole up in their practice spaces definitely influences the sound in and of itself,” he explains. “You’re holed away and working out these songs and I think it gives things a really rough sound.”
After the winter we’ve just had, that explanation seems to make perfect sense.
Freight plays an 8 p.m. show at the Borg Ward on Thursday, July 17.