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No Hoax, Solid Freex, Sex Scenes, DJ The Real Jaguar (free)


  • Mickey's Tavern 1524 Williamson Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)
  Solid Freex.

Solid Freex.

As much as we'd love to rap about how adorable it is that Madison-based multi-instrumentalist Steve Coombs—mastermind of legendary one-man no-wave project Trin Tran—decided to start a band called Solid Freex with his two teenage sons, it's way more important to discuss how this band fucking rips. The band pulls the explosive anxiety from '80s hardcore, the spastic slant from post-punk, and the nasty hooks from the grittier end of Detroit garage-rock. Drummer-vocalist Steve Coombs, guitarist-vocalist Josh Coombs-Broekema, and bassist Evan Coombs-Broekema write the songs together, with Steve's manic yelps and Josh's raspy shouts working together in call and response or even as one instrument. The trio's debut full-length still awaits a title and a release date, but it's finished and very much worth looking forward to. Solid Freex's quick bursts are packed with earworms, whether it's the dissonant guitar screeches and seasick bassline that bring in "It Hurts," the off-kilter wallop of "Vibesakeeper," or those nasty chords that shouldn't quite work—but do—on "Teenage Evil." Hear more about the band on the latest episode of the Tone Madison podcast. —Joel Shanahan