Es­sex’s fran­tic three-piece un­leashed

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Seiz­ing the torch re­cently sparked by the likes of Slaves, Chelms­ford three­piece Freak add a Kinks-y edge to brain-melt­ing bore­dom and mid­dle-class mun­dan­ity. Util­is­ing a beloved Fi­esta Red Strat (‘Bianca’), front­man Con­nar Ridd has an ear for a shreddy lick, in­ter­spers­ing manic Cobain and Davies-in­flu­enced lead lines on Every­one’s The Same and I Like To Smile When I’m Sad. “I’ve al­ways loved crazy so­los in The Kinks, Red Hot Chili Pep­pers and Nir­vana tracks,” says Con­nar. “The chaos of the so­los in songs like You Re­ally Got Me, Dani Cal­i­for­nia and In Bloom are what get me re­ally ex­cited.” Con­nar’s tal­ent is com­bin­ing this sort of short, sharp lead ex­plo­sion with ear­worm chord pro­gres­sions. “I do my own thing. [With the gui­tar] there isn’t one right way, loads of things work – that’s what makes it so ex­cit­ing.”

For fans of Slaves, Arc­tic Mon­keys Gear Fender Strat, Hot Rod Deville

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