Free Energy, Old Fake, Village | Schubas | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Free Energy, Old Fake, Village Recommended All Ages Soundboard

When: Wed., Sept. 2, 7 p.m. 2009

Minneapolis pop-punk outfit Hockey Night was inoffensive enough, in the way anonymous-sounding pop punk tends to be. Apparently something about their music appealed to LCD Soundsystem front man James Murphy, though, because now that Hockey Night alums Scott Wells and Paul Sprangers have re­located to Philly and started a new band they’re calling Free Energy, he’s taken them under his wing. Murphy produced Free Energy’s upcoming album, currently titled Stuck on Nothing, and it’s due on his DFA label on an unannounced date. This combination of curmudgeonly dance-music producer and scrappy guitar-rock band might seem odd, but the two parties find common ground in retrophilia. The three songs released online do well by Free Energy’s obvious influences—T. Rex, Thin Lizzy, Mick Ronson’s work with Bowie—and provide Murphy with another good reason to bust out his cowbell. Old Fake and Village open. —Miles Raymer

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