“Free Energy” (Live On Spinner)

     

    Free Energy is an interesting case. They’re playing music in 2010, but their music sounds like Thin Lizzy circa 1976–and their frontman looks like Evan Dando circa 1992. But throw their debut on at the right time, and all temporal associations fade away: this is, simply, great rock music, and specifically great rock music to get drunk with your friends to.

    This performance, of album opener (and band theme song) “Free Energy”, feels a little sterile for a band so possessed of the ancient spirit of rock. It might have something to do with the sterile environment  they’re performing in: as far as I can tell, the only people feeding of Free Energy’s abundant energy in that room are Spinner cameramen.