Josh Freese is a musician. His may not be a name that you recognize, but you are surely aware of his work. As an in demand session and touring drummer, Freese has been featured on close to 300 albums and has been associated with such acts as Sting, Nine Inch Nails, Weezer, Guns ‘N’ Roses and The Replacements. He’s currently a permanent member of A Perfect Circle, The Vandals and Devo.
When he’s not pounding the skins for someone else, Freese focuses his attention on crafting his own material. My New Friends is his latest, an E.P. that comes on the heels of his infamous second album Since 1972; which was released via his website in various packages, including a $7 digital download all the way up to a $75,000 deluxe version which included pretty much anything in Freese’s world (including the buyer’s choice of any of his drum kits).
My New Friends offers five catchy pop-punk ditties where the drummer doesn’t stray far from his Vandals roots in this respect. His lyrics are poignant, funny and concise. In addition, he’s got the knack of writing infectious hooks which beg for repeated listens. This is a fun listen that doesn’t easily get old and leaves a smile on your face. Dare I say that Freese has the honor of having written the “feel-good” album of the year (so far)? Yes, I do.