“Free Recovery are the headliners of Grungecase tonight and rightly so; they wear their influences on their sleeves and in tonight’s case on their tees.
These guys literally have grunge running through their veins.
Lead singer Jimmy is wearing an Alice in Chains t-shirt in honour of the late great Layne Staley, and drummer Dan is wearing a Kurt Cobain tee, in tribute of the date – the 5th April – sadly a day when both of these important pioneering musical frontmen passed away, albeit years apart.
Free Recovery’s set list tonight
feels much more reflective, their new material really harnessing all the band members strengths. Having seeing Free Recovery on many occasions I have to say this is one of my favourite gigs of theirs; they are always tight but tonight
feels very fresh. New song “Leith Hill” highlights the fracking issues in the local area and the concern for current and future generations of the potential disappearance of this natural beauty spot. This is of course very important political stuff, but Free Recovery have also managed to turn this into a melodic banger, utilising vocals from both Jimmy and Dan, and with definite potential for audience sing along. I can definitely see this being more towards the end of the set list in the future as a firm favourite.
So yes, Free Recovery are more political and reflective this evening but the rock is still very much alive; Swamp Thing, one of the classics from their self-titled LP from 2015, is a stand out tonight. They mix it up well with old material, new and, appropriate for this evening, covers. Free Recovery are known for their fierce version of “Alive” by Pearl Jam. This is omitted this evening in favour of covers of Alice in Chains “Dirt” and Nirvana’s unplugged version of the Meat Puppets song “Oh Me”. Before “Dirt” Jimmy expresses concern of doing the song justice. He need not have worried. It works well.
The highlight for me however is their version of “Oh Me”, with perfectly pitched vocals and beautifully restrained and lovely guitar work from axeman Dave, paradoxically rocking frantic solos just a few songs later. On a Thursday night in Guildford it is a pleasure to hear this gorgeous song live and done with heart.
From Fire – Scream My Name, Burning
Free Recovery – Leith Hill, Swamp Thing, Oh Me, Dirt
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Special thanks to:
Holly Wilcox for the lovely review – you rock \m/
Keith Woodhouse for underpinning local live music around our area, and beyond
Northbend Records for publishing
GRUNGE MUSIC IS NOT DEAD
Half an hour south of London, England is a town called Guilford. It’s not exactly a place where I’d expect to find an amazing grunge band playing frequent shows and helping to build a grunge scene in the UK. Nonetheless, that’s the case. Since 2012, Free Recovery has been laying down the grooves in Guilford while also branching out to London and other surrounding areas to spread their music. After going through numerous member changes in the early days, a solid lineup finally clicked in 2014. From that point on, things really started coming together for the band.
Although the vocals are reminiscent of Eddie Vedder and Free Recovery’s music is similar to Pearl Jam, they certainly have more to offer than being just a knock-off of a classic grunge band. The band also seems to pull from Alice In Chains, Creed, Stone Temple Pilots and many of the classic rockers from the 70s.
Their self-titled debut EP was released in 2015. The 6-song EP opens with the sound of radio static that tunes into a radio station playing the acoustic intro to the first song, Furtherman, with studio wizardry similar to that utilized on the intro of the Pink Floyd song Wish You Were Here. As the band kicks in, the song blasts away from the radio and becomes the great audio quality that will be present on the rest of the EP. Furtherman is a slow, heavy rocker that reminds me a lot of Pearl Jam. (more…)
“The vocal resembles Soundgarden. The riffs, the drums and the lyrics are excellent!
I liked it”
— Paulo Neto, Menes do Grunge 2.0
Album/EP & Band: Free Recovery EP by Free Recovery
Debut EP Sends Shivers
Guildford-based grunge band, Free Recovery, unleash their 6-track debut EP this August. The music writing is first class, the lyrics are effervescent and the performances are accomplished. There is a level of talent displayed within the band that is humbling, and the refreshing originality in this EP grabs you by the shoulders and reassures you that the heart and soul of new music is alive.
Surrey might be their domain, but the band members bring diverse culture from lands including Sicily and South Africa. That diversity is reflected in the range of their tracks, yet the EP blends strongly as a complete work.
There is a detailed complexity throughout the EP. Reminiscent of The Road to Hell Part I, a vintage radio scans frequencies to find the intro to Furtherman. Subtle Arabian tones weave their way through Our Summer Is Dead. Stylus crackle enhances the fade out of Vintage Sky. These indicators hint at layers to be discovered within the structure of the music. (more…)