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"Erik Gage of Gnar Tapes creates soft stepping rock and roll under the name Free Weed. His latest release, Free, takes notes from lo-fi friendly genres galore, but constantly gives the impression that there is a much bigger sound hidden just behind the smoky gauze of party house atmosphere. The best part? That big sound is actually there all along, allowing Gage to pull these big power pop moments seemingly out of nowhere. This smart, even artful approach to lo-fi is used to maximum effect, which translates to good times for all and a multidimensional listen." - Impose Magazine (from article "The Best Cassette Releases of 2012" by Luke Carrell)

"When I saw Free Weed play “Rainier Beer” from their Lillerne Tapes release Free a few weeks ago in Portland, main man Erik Gage and his on-stage dance support, Unkle Funkle, pantomimed (because the bar didn’t have it) shaking, opening, and spraying tall boys of Rainier all over each other. It was like a scene from some early-90s teenage movie celebrating beer, drugs, and summer break. In fact, Free in its entirety is just pop-punk and fun enough to soundtrack an entire film from the irresponsible-teenagers-making-bad-decisions genre." - Tiny Mix Tapes

"The MemoriesのフロントマンRikky GageのソロプロジェクトFree Weedのデビューアルバム。Gnarのオーナーでもあり、White Fang、さらに今年Underwater PeoplesとBurgerから傑作アルバム『The Memories』をリリースしたThe Memoriesのフロントマンとしても活躍中のポートランドのRikky GageによるベッドルームプロジェクトFree Weed。ソロデビューアルバムとなる『Free』が、Vehicle BluesのGabe Holcombeが運営するシカゴのカセットレーベルLillerneからリリース。R. Steivie Mooreのアドバイスも受けているらしく、Keel Herのとも共鳴しそうなローファイセンスに、持ち前の自由でサイケな精神に溢れた全12トラック収録。" - The Stone Records (Japan)

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released April 11, 2013

Originally released as a cassette on Lillerne Tapes.
Lillerne #40
Lillerne Tapes; Chicago, IL
www.lillernetapes.com

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