Freezerburn - Show Your Teeth
Freezerburn are a young collective of up-and-comers from the Atlanta region, and Show Your Teeth is their debut EP, released independently. The sound is a rather standard mixture of classic rock influences, modern indie/pop rock songwriting stylings and an overall sense of youthful exuberance. The EP contains 3 original tracks, and an acoustic remix of the intro title track.
"Show Your Teeth" is a fairly catchy affair, and shows immediately that the biggest draw this band has is it's solid guitar work. With tasty distorted leads, hooks and riffs, the guitars drive these songs forward and are, at times, left stranded on an island of a sort. The rest of the band performs admirably enough to make the title track and "Cold Cold Rain" stick out terrificly so, the latter with more of a sing-along, party atmosphere about it. "Stay With Me" shows the band branching out into a more of a pop-punk venture, and while it feels a little flat in the verses, there are some nicely done instrumental passages and a big, powerful chorus to make up for the bland. Surprisingly enough, what might have just been an afterthought ends up making the biggest impact as the acoustic version of "Show Your Teeth" shines behind dual acoustic wizardry and a more soulful, pensive vocal performance. Small bits of promise across 3 tracks are all swept aside by the bright, energenic strumming and upbeat atmosphere this track emits.
Ultimately, Show Your Teeth is nothing more than above average, never really clicking in any fantastic manner with the listener. However, the promise of obviously talented musicians (in particular the guitarists) and songwriters can never be diminished. It would be easy to chalk up this EP as a learning experience, but there is just enough to enjoy here to give it a shot. If anything, the acoustic "Show Your Teeth" is worth any given price you decide to pay for the EP at the band's bandcamp page. Everything else simply alludes to the future Freezerburn might have for themselves in due time.
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