Girls Against Boys - Freak*on*ica / by Rollie Agado

The funny thing about GVSB is that I discovered this band by accident after reading a review of this album (Freak*on*ica) in Alternative Press.  I then found a copy of the album on CD for 8.99 later that week and thought that this was going to be the future of music.


It was Don Deluxx that turned me onto their earlier stuff and was completely floored by their double bass guitar sound.   He put on Kill the Sexplayer from the seminal album Cruise Yourself  and I knew instantly that I had to pick up everything they ever put out.

I didn't realize how many people (retrospectively) were so down on Freak*on*ica.  At the time, a number of bands sprouted from that lapse between Rage Against the Machine albums like Korn, Deftones and Limp Bizkit.   

I'm not comparing GVSB to any of the mention bands... but the sound on this record was surprisingly polished, danceable and much better than the stuff you would find on Korn's Follow the Leader. 

Anyhoo...  it was an incredible gateway album.  I discovered Cop Shoot Cop, Soul Coughing, Jesus Lizard and a little band called Firewater - which introduced me to an incredible group of life long friends who all were a part of the Firewater Circus.

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Artist: Girls Against Boys (GVSB)
Album: Freak*on*ica
Producer: Nick Launay
Label: Geffen Records
Recorded: Seedy Underbelly Studios