When: Thu., May 12, 9:30 p.m. 2011
This band from Aarhus, Denmark, took its name from "Cola Freaks," a song from a 1979 EP by fellow Danes Lost Kids that appeared on a Killed by Death comp in '93, and the shoe fits. Their songs are energetic late-70s-inspired punk rock, refreshingly devoid of the gauzy reverb that's so fashionable nowadays, and none of them lasts much longer than three minutes—you could easily sneak a Cola Freaks track onto one of those legendary comps, and no one but joyless punk-collector nerds would be the wiser. Since forming in 2006, Cola Freaks have released a slew of seven-inches and toured with (and backed up) Jay Reatard; last month they released their self-titled debut LP stateside on Douchemaster Records. Songs like "Uppers and Downers," "Kniven," and "Under Vand" will pogo around your brainpan for weeks after you hear them, even if you only speak American (the band sings in Danish). They show that, despite the recent popularity of bands fond of ten-minute psych-drone jams, a simple, succinct, well-written song can trump all the effects pedals in the world.