- FREE ENERGY with Fort Frances and The Shones
- Date & Time
- Fri, Nov 22 7:30PM
- Coffman Memorial Union, Whole Music Club
- 18+ with valid picture ID or University of Minnesota-Twin Cities U Card required for entry.
For each University of Minnesota - Twin Cities student ticket purchased, a valid U Card must be presented at the door
Even though they are a nationally recognized band and recently wrapped up a cross-country tour for their new album, Free Energy is proud and thankful for their Minnesota roots. Their recent release of their album Love Signs earlier this year is an energetic collection of the dance pop-rock the band is loved for. The groups music cannot be held down by any specific genre, “I wish someone would tell us what we are, because we’ve been described as everything,” expressed lead vocalist Paul Sprangers. Whether you are a tween puck rocker or a suburban soccer mom, Free Energy tries to write lyrics about truth, love and a quest for happiness to build a relationship with their audience as individuals. It’s the excitement and delightfully strange personalities in the group that prompts fans to flock to local venues like the Turf Club and Triple Rock Social Club every time their back in town. Sprangers says that despite the band’s popularity and growing following, “we definitely feel like weirdos and we always have […] maybe we always will, which is totally fine.”
Fort Frances has been turning heads at festivals across the country since 2010 and are already being compared to artists like Wilco, Ryan Adams and Modest Mouse. Their following has blown up pretty quickly for being such a young band; however the group manages to stay grounded and independent in everything from production to booking. The band’s anticipated full-length album Breathing Room is the bands return back to the creative energy the group was founded on. During this production process, the group takes a break from the pressures of controlling all business decisions that have been growing in weight and importance as the band grows in popularity. From what the band has released from the album gets fans excited as they hear a new side of Fort Frances that is a bit rougher around the edges than their regular polished indie-fold past. As the band pushes their sound, Fort Frances continues to push the preconceived ideas of what a successful band needs, which no longer requires big budgets and big names supporting a group but rather a big sound and lots of passion for making music with pure intentions.
Able to command attention from a large stage or an intimate house show, The Shones bring raw energy and infectious grooves that grab your attention from the first chord, and keep you captivated until the last. Giving the audience a one of a kind experience is a top priority, and after seven years of playing together, their undeniable synergy and tightness gives life to their performance. Not limiting themselves by sounds or styles, The Shones strive to create music that is diverse and unique.