The Freeze were originally a Hardcore Punk Rock band from Cape Code, Massachusetts forming in late 1978. At the time all members were still in high school. The Freeze are generally considered to be a Boston Hardcore band, but they never truly fit into the typical Boston mold. Like most hardcore groups, the band was started by enthusiastic teenagers. Indeed, despite the popularity of their first record, the band’s ability to capitalize on their local fame was limited only by their age at the time. Most members weren’t old enough to drive to Boston, the local mecca of Hardcore. The Freeze have outlasted all of their early naysayers. Today they remain the sole band from that divisive period who are still active as a live, touring and recording unit. Gang Green and Jerry’s Kids are actively touring but have not recorded new material.
The Freeze were neither Straight Edge nor Heavy Metal-influenced like their Boston contemporaries DYS and SSD. The Freeze have a more melodic sound which hints more to pure Punk Rock than Hardcore.
Clif Hanger (real name: Clifton Croce), the lead singer of The Freeze, set up dozens of all-ages shows in Cape Cod in the early years of American Hardcore music. Virtually all of the Boston Hardcore bands played with The Freeze at these shows, as well as nationally known bands like Black Flag. They also went on two considerably successful tours following the release of their “Guilty Face” EP and “Land of the Lost” LP.
The Freeze have undergone numerous line-up changes, but they are praised for their longevity and unwavering idealism. Currently, Clif is the only remaining original member. The Freeze have not had the greatest success in the realm of Hardcore Punk, but their influence on more recent Punk and Melodic Hardcore is far more reaching than their fan base. Yet even that seems to be changing as band’s such as Boston punks, The Unseen, who covered the Hanger/Close tune “Talking Bombs” on their most recent release “Internal Salvation” (Hellcat Records in 2007) brought the music of The Freeze to a younger audience. In 32 years The Freeze have only recorded 2 cover songs; “Lexicon Devil” (The Germs) in 1994 and “Calling On You” (Dead Boys) in 2011.
Since 1980 The Freeze has released and been featured on over 28 records including; 7 compilations, 6 LPs, 8 EPs, 6 full-length CDs, 2 split CDs with Chicago’s The Bollweevils and with the German band The Killrays. The Freeze have released records on their own labels Rebel Records (1980) and Rabid Reaction Records (2011) as well as releases for Modern Method Records, Gasatanka/Enigma, Weird System Recordings (Europe), Ax/ction Records, Taang!, Lost & Found (Europe), Jimco Records (Japan), Schizophrenic Records (Canada), SST/Sony Music and Bitzcore (Europe). Most of The Freeze’s back catalog have since been re-issued on CD here in U.S.A. by Dr. Strange Records.
2010 was the band’s busiest year in their long 32-year history. They followed up their successful 2009 tour of Europe with a larger scale two-month jaunt in the U.S.A. in May and June. Their 2009 tours were highlighted by the return of legendary guitarist (and Clif’s songwriting partner since 1982) “East Coast” Bill Close. Although no decision has been made whether Bill will be joining the band again, one thing is for certain, Bill and Clif will be writing songs together for the first time in over a decade for inclusion on the band’s first new studio album since 1999′s “One False Move”.
In June 2011, The Freeze decided to clean house. Clif and veteran guitarist DB recruited new members for their European Tour in August 2011, which included; Dave Diamond (of Soul Trash) on rhythm guitar, Arvin Mani (of El Nada, Death Mickies) on bass and Gizz Lazlo (former Dr. Know, UK Subs, BadTown Boys, Electric Ferrets, Soul Trash drummer and former frontman of Dead Lazlo’s Place, For Sale, and Camelboy - from Bremen, Germany) on drums and backing vocals (he also sings lead vocals on “Pighunt”). The band played a handful of Southern California dates to warm up the new line-up and in that time decided that the line-up was ready to record some new songs.
The Freeze entered Sonic Trash Studio in Lake Balboa, CA on July 7 to record a 3-song CD for the band’s new label Rabid Reaction Records. The EP titled, “Blood Flows Home” picks up where the band left off, never missing a beat. “Original guitarist Bill Close even came into the studio to lay down a couple of lead guitar tracks and to give his blessing of the new line-up”, Clif said while in the studio. The Freeze have the ball rolling scheduled to record a brand-new full-length studio album by year’s end and then hitting the road non-stop beginning in 2012.
The band launched their new website – www.thefreezepunk.com – on July 15, 2011 to keep their ever-growing fan base up-to-date on their upcoming tour dates and recording schedules, something the band has never quite done before. The Freeze will be touring Europe from August 19th to September 11th to promote their new EP and then come back to the States to play select shows on the East and West Coasts before heading back into the studio. Until then you can catch up with The Freeze through their Facebook page, which has been getting heavy traffic lately due to the new energy the band has found. The Freeze are back and this time No One’s Coming Home!!