Free Time US

Free Time (NYC line-up)

More magic from favourite Australian label Bedroom Suck Records, now relocated from Brisbane to Brunswick, Melbourne, surely the hot-bed of Aussie independent music right now.

This time it’s a band called Free Time, operating between Melbourne and New York with a different line-up for each country. Anyway, here’s the bouncing guitar pop of “Among the Reeds” to set you on the path of discovery.

Free Time is/are the band/s of Dion Nania. The self-titled first album by Free Time was recorded in New York in 2013 with Free Time’s US line-up. Now the second album “In Search of Free Time” has been recorded by the Australian line-up in Melbourne. Fair enough.

Joining Nania as Free Time in Australia, and on this album, is Martin Frawley (Twerps), Zachary Schneider (Totally Mild) and Joe Alexander (Terrible Truths).

As you can tell from this first song from the album, it contains a familiar Australian gallop, evoking memories of classic Aussie guitar pop through the ages while also offering a giddy combination of some element of the sound of all the bands above, even down to Joe Alexander’s restless rhythmic tumbling drumming.

The album is varied and repays repeated listening. There’s a bit of everything, from rambunctious loose-limbed eager strums to the reflective and delicate weaving of lead guitar and rhythm guitar. Worthwhile seeking out the LP version.

Free Time Australia

Free Time (Melbourne version)

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