Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Sons Of Freedom- s/t (1988)

For a brief, shining moment, Vancouver's Sons of Freedom (named after the nudist sect) were absolutely the loudest thing in all of Canada and their debut album featured enough volume and metallic crunch to attract the attention of Los Angeles label Slash. It wasn't precisely heavy metal, though, as it contained a lot of fierce punk snarling, in much the same manner as labelmates Faith No More did at the time. Unlike Chuck Mosley's yelping bark, however, the Sons' Jim Newton actually sang somewhat (though his voice was still the point of much debate). The first three tracks of the album are near perfect, and most of the rest of the album comes pretty darned close. One of the high watermarks of Canadian music, the album still sounds fresh and challenging today.
Probably the best album you've never heard.

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* Sorry, only have Gump on cassette...


Nick said...

I note that no-one has left a comment since last weekend, so I thought I would download this one (the 23 people before me should be ashamed for not saying thanks?!?!). Not my cup of tea, but thank you for the post to be able to make this conclusion. I think I might try a Dark Angel album whilst I'm here (they were about when I was teenager, but I never listened to them)

Many thanks


BTW - FZ is the best band you never heard.

Anonymous said...

I definitely hear early FNM in the music, but the vocalist kinda sound likes he should be fronting a mid 90s indie band from the UK. However, it is definitely a grower and I like it!!!

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H. said...

Nick: I agree, need more comments! Especially on this post...
FZ? Tell me more!!! :)

anon: The lead singer did kinda have a British accent. Maybe he was from England, even though the band was formed in Canada.

thanks for the comments!

Nick said...

FZ = Frank Zappa. I'm an FZ fan / collector

Your comment re best album you've never heard. FZ has an album "The Best Band You Never Heard In Your Life"

Anonymous said...

Thanks H-man,
Also thanks for the Sons of Freedom up.
I've never heard of them but I love the album.
It sound like it was recorded yesterday.
It truly Rocks!

H. said...

Thanks for the comments!
D: Glad you like. That's what my blog is about, finding something you never even knew existed before :)

Nick: I used to be in Frank abit, my brother has a bunch of lp's but I was more of a Hendrix type of guy. One of these days I'll get back to Frank though ;-)

Nick said...

I read somewhere that it was FZ that introduced Hendrix to the wah wah pedal. Hendrix is good

Anonymous said...

I've been hunting for this EVERYWHERE.
OK; I was an idiot to sell the CD long time ago...
I'm from Van, and I used to work with Newton (the singer) at A&B Sound. Yes, he was English. I've seen SOF many times, and many times wished they made a live album, as that's where they really shone. They were always an awesome solid show, with a kick-ass soundman(Dave -Rave-Ogilvie, maybe) Probably the coolest gigs were either w/ Helmet, at Graceland. Or with Images In Vogue (pre-Skinny Puppy), and Jim Cummings art-guy, at The New York Theatre. (it's a Hindu theatre now) Other than Salvador Dream later, the only real-good, heavy and loud guitar band from Vancouver.

Now; you wouldn't have the 2nd album would ya?


Anonymous said...

and I love FZ, but could'nt possibly get into a seventh-grade debate about him/they being THE BEST?


Ruestar said...

I have a feeling this will grow on me.
Vocals are a bit ehh, but...

Anonymous said...

great post...been looking for this for ever...never heard it but heard great things bout it...Thanks for the great share!!!

Doug said...

I was just listening to That Petrol Emotion's album Manic Pop Thrill when Sons of Freedom crossed my mind.Sons of Freedom opened for That Petrol Emotion at the late great Town Pump in Vancouver back in the day.I have this Sons of Freedom album on vinyl but not in a digital form.Thanks for the post.Very much appreciated!

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