Stadium rock is back – Damn Freaks is thou name:

A musician has a constant need of writing songs; and songs like to choose their authors carefully. That’s exactly what happened with the 9 songs in DAMN FREAKS debut album. Rising from the ashes of a previous band called FOOLS’ MOON, drummer and producer Matteo Panichi had started working on some ideas guitarist Marco Torri had sent him. “Good ol’ party time rock’n’roll” that’s the record the pair wanted to record. And who better than their long time friend Iacopo “Jack” Meille, singer from Tygers Of Pan Tang–, could help them writing the most catchy choruses around.

There’s a kinda offbeat, wobbling feel throughout this, almost super-group-like, album. There’s an honesty to it, and while this is something that would definitely draw points from most albums, it actually fits these cuts very nicely. A song like “The Way I Feel” sounds almost like Ozzy Osborne in his hey-day, with Meille’s overdubs of his own voice, and the starter-song “Poison Apple” has the same Ozzy/Van Halen vibe to it as the rest of the album.

Dream Highway brings your thoughts to Twisted Sister’s “We’re Not Gonna Take It”, or maybe the soundtrack to the Rock Of Ages movie, while the ballad Sea Of Love has Meille’s lyrics sounding almost like Johnny Ramone or Simple Minds’ “Don’t You Forget About Me”. Highlights on the album includes the Van Halen-esque Burning Up, the ending track Take A RidePosion Apple and the full-on Break The Chains.

We all wanted to capture the vibe that we loved way back in the ’80 when we were listening all day to White Lion, Bon Jovi, Motley Crue, Dokken and David Lee Roth” – reckons Meille – “it seems like people have completely forgot that music can also be the soundtrack of your happiest and laid back moments!”

Songs such as ‘Dream Highway’ or the powerful ‘Break The Chains’ need to be listened at maximum volume when driving in your car while stuck in everyday traffic, to make you feel the positive vibe of R’n’R.

““We all wanted to write songs that could stand next to our favourite songs of the ’80” – Marco Torri adds: “’Poison Apple’ next to ‘Knucklebones’ from David Lee Roth or ‘Burning Up’ next to Van Halen’s ‘Panama’ and now you can do it by building your own compilation on Spotify and have a blast!””

The 9 tracks of their debut album were recorded in their home town Florence in Tuscany and mixed by Harry Hess from Harem Scarem.

Matteo has no doubt in his mind: ““In a way we consider ourselves the freaks of the third millennium, as we still want to try to have a good time and music is the perfect and 100% legal drug” – “ so Yeah, we are freaks, we are DAMN FREAKS and we will help you having a good time!””

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Check out the masterpiece Break The Chains here:

* Mixed and mastered by Harry Hess (Harem Scarem).
* 80’s hard rock for fans of Bon Jovi, White Lion and Van Halen.

Matteo Panichi – drums
Marco Torri – electric and acoustic guitars
Iacopo “Jack” Meille – lead and backing vocals
Claudio Rogai – bass