You Send Me Things, I Listen to Them: FREEDUMB

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Shred your tendons to dust with some gnarly Norwegian skatepunk.

Adulthood fucking sucks. I go to an office every morning and work ridiculous hours, just to come home to work on a stupid website for jerks until late in the night. Sometimes I wish I had the freedom to just get on my skateboard and shred through the neighborhood; defying gravity, righteous punk jams blasting the block, not a care in the world, just like it was when I was a kid. Then I remember that childhood actually sucked way harder than adulthood and I’ve always been horse shit at skateboarding. Oh well.

Freedumb feels my pain and provides an emotional salve with their latest record Feeding the Tapeworm. Alert music nerds will notice that Freedumb took their name from Suicidal Tendencies 1999 album of the same name. Thankfully, Freedumb does the Cyco crew justice. Rejoice, ye disaffected punk youths turned bitter adults, the music contained within this record will take you back to the days of low-budget skate vids and Tony Hawk Pro Skater soundtracks. These Norwegian punks have been at it for 13 years, which officially makes their band an angsty teen.

According to the band themselves, “Freedumb hail from the dirty eastern corner of Norway called Østfold and deliver intense punkrock / hardcore. Feeding the tapeworm is a bundle of stories about the destructive dark sides of humans, with lyrics dealing with intoxication, regret, blackout, suicidal thoughts and distance infatuation.” Overall, this album is well worth your time, provided you want to spend your time playing air guitar or pretending to skateboard. Freedumb get high praise from this dummy.

Feeding the Tapeworm opens with “Gimme A Break”, a rollicking punk tune that’ll surely endear fans of the early work of both D.R.I. and Propagandhi. From there, the band moves to “Husets Vin”, a minute and a half of catchier-than-hell thrash. “Haters” hits a persistent groove while maintaining simmering rage. The riffs in “Stengte Ører” sound like they could have been composed in Punk-o-matic, and I mean that as the most sincere compliment. Guest vocalist Karine Brække delivers the goods on “Right in Front of You”, an anthem that gets my skinny wrists pumping to the heavens with righteous teenage fury.

Feeding the Tapeworm dropped February 10th. I’m not sure where it’s available for purchase, so hit Freedumb up on Facebook for additional info and tell ’em a sentient toilet from hell sent you.

skateboard dog

  • “I’ve always been horse shit at skateboarding..” FTW

  • Dubs

    Suicidal Tendencies reminds me of hanging out and getting drunk in undergrad. I dunno if that’s a good or bad thing, but if I want to relive my days of angst, I will definitely check this out.

    Also, Joe, dirtbikes.

  • “Rejoice, ye disaffected punk youths turned bitter adults, the music contained within this record will take you back to the days of low-budget skate vids and Tony Hawk Pro Skater soundtracks”.

    FUCK.YES.

    That was a huge part of my childhood, THPS 2, 3 and 4 for PSX. And a little of American W8land and Underground 2 on college.

  • Huh, I always forget that there is other stuff besides black metal and beer in Norway.

    • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

      You narrow minded fuck.

        • Sir Tapir The Based

          Also theeese

        • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

          Now we’re talking….

        • Janitor Jim Duggan

          Tyree plz! I’m catholic!

          • Sir Tapir The Based
          • Sir Tapir The Based

            Say it ain’t so, Link! :[

          • Well, statistically I am a catholic. Venezuela have one of the biggest population of Catholics 😛

            But, that’s ok for me. Even when I am not a catholic at all I respect everyone’s belief systems (except Jehovah’s Witness when they try to slam bibles at me; or when Satanist try to slam black bibles at me).

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            You need to join Tapirism, Link. You would be welcomed.

          • Can I stab people with the Talmud? If it so, I’m in!

          • Wait, you had a Satanist slam black bibles at you? I’ve had my fair amount of Jehovah’s Witness’s come to my door but never any Satanists.

          • Yeah, nasty people with all the horns and shit.

          • Venezuela is an interesting place,

          • more beer

            If you want the Jehovah”s witnesses to stop coming to your door. The next time invite them in. Put on the most fucked up satanic music you can. But make sure the vocals are clean enough so the can understand key words like Satan. They will drop their Watchtowers and head for the door and never return. I have done this and it really works.

          • Dave Vincent’s Perm

            Like the clean bit in Summon the Antichrist?

          • Óðinn

            I wouldn’t mind if Satanists knocked on my door. Religion is all nonsense to me, but at least they might be entertaining and different. Maybe they’d know about Metal. I chase away any Jehovah’s Witnesses or Mormons who bother me.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            It is so. Catholicism wins again!

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            Catholicism never wins.

          • CyberneticOrganism

            The bass, it burbles

      • CyberneticOrganism

        Man don’t even get me started on how much I loved Norway

    • CyberneticOrganism

      See the loveli lakes

      • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

        My sister was once bitten by a Mööse.

        • Dubs

          For some reason I always pegged you as an only child.

          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

            Dude, I’m not into pegging, please stahp.

    • 365ChaosRiddenDays

      Huh, sometimes I remember that trees and woods are a part of Norway with them too! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awaCWNZ9bFs

    • CyberneticOrganism

      Kinda off-topic serious question: know anywhere I can get cheap band stickers?

  • Boss the Ross

    This description has me salivating.

  • Norwegians: They can’t throw their hand grenades correctly.

    http://stream1.gifsoup.com/view8/20140111/4950857/the-thing-1982-norwegian-o.gif

    • CyberneticOrganism

      Ekt!

  • Sir Tapir The Based

    Skatepunk?

  • Guppusmaximus
  • Guppusmaximus
  • Dubs
    • Rodney Mullen master race!!

      http://i.imgur.com/RbHUYHV.gif

      • Dubs

        You’re sure to impress those Neversoft girls with those moves.

        • He pressed X, then down>left+square and he stayed balancing that bar until he passed out.

          All the Neversoft girls surrendered.

          #legend #Sk8IsNoTaCrImE #RIPNeversoftGrrls

      • I had a buddy in high school that was a really good skate boarder. I remember he showed me a video of this dude once. Truly incredible.

        • Dubs

          I had a lot of skater friends, but I never got into it myself. Ended up watching a lot of skating/snowboarding videos though.

        • I finished those games just to unlock the videos. Rodney Mullen’s videos were always the best.

          This was my favorite:

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXrzFKXFtUE

        • RJA

          I skated a ton as a youth (late 80’s) and then later I thought skating around my college town would be a good idea – bit it hard half drunk and carrying beer bottles. Dislocated shoulder, all kinds of glass stuck in my arm and hand – real smooth.

    • Janitor Jim Duggan

      The only choice for best secret character is Eddie from Tony Hawk 4.

    • goals: 0 of 54. pobre wolveriñe

  • Guppusmaximus
  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    They should have had this in the soundtrack for Tony Hawk 5.

  • Gotta check this later, no Fy at work. I’ve discovered two good bands from Noway the past few weeks – Livstid and Attan. These guys sound like fun and could be a third.

  • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

    “Adulthood fucking sucks. I go to an office every morning and work ridiculous hours, just to come home to work on a stupid website for jerks until late in the night.”

    1. Drops mic
    2. Shuts down ToVH
    3. Takes credit cards to skate shop, camping store and car dealership.
    4. Begins new life as a late twenty something skate punk on the open road.
    5. Six months pass, gets tired of 7/11 food, nagging injuries and misses his old boring life.
    6. Returns, gets another job, pad, girlfriend, renews old contacts
    7. Re joins the rest of us in our march into the void….
    8. Watches the X games and skates with his kids on the weekends

    • damn

      • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

        “Sometimes I wish I had the freedom to just get on my skateboard and shred through the neighborhood; defying gravity, righteous punk jams blasting the block, not a care in the world, just like it was when I was a kid” Awesome stuff.

    • Pictured Joe:

      • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

        la vida

        • CyberneticOrganism

          Stock photos. Is there nothing they can’t portray?

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            Nothing…haha

        • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

          NOTHING

  • Waynecro

    Ah, yes. I remember rollerboarding with the fellas in my youth. We did the grinds and the ollies but had difficulty with the more advanced tricks. It was all fun, good times, and waxed curbs until my brother broke his wrist and couldn’t play guitar for a month.

    • uh huh huh… your brother sounds cool

      • Waynecro

        He is cool. After he broke his wrist trying to do tricks on a grind box, he quit skating and spent most of his free time trying to grind lady box. Uh huh huh huh.

  • CyberneticOrganism

    Good find, Joe

  • My older brother is well-coordinated and was always good at skateboarding, snowboarding, breakdancing, pretty much everything. My parents would refuse to let me skateboard because I hurt myself just walking around the damn house. I’ll live vicariously through these tunes.

  • Boss the Ross

    It appears that a physical copy will be released in April.

  • Óðinn