Hope Freaks is the second album from London's new-school, no wave naughties PRE. Recorded in Chicago with Steve Albini at Electrical Audio and mastered by Weasel Walter in San Francisco, “Hope Freaks” is a power-vault up from the acclaimed newborn gnarl of their debut 'Epic Fits'.
Like it's predecessor, “Hope Freaks” weighs in at a lean twenty minutes. Every punch is packed, and with a master at the faders, you will feel the devil in all its detail. Each unhinged swing never fails to connect.
Since forming in London three years ago, PRE has taken their spring-loaded live-show to the people. Two massive UK tours with The Gossip and stints with the likes of Health, The Mae Shi, Finally Punk and Mika Miko in the US has refined their footwork into a dizzying dance of precision instruments. A sold out performance at the Knitting Factory resulted in a two page spread in SPIN Magazine and the band's infamy lead to a bootleg vinyl release in Eastern Europe.
Most recently, PRE embarked on yet another US tour, pummeling SXSW and the West Coast, and appeared alongside Yowie, Colossamite (Deerhoof) and Mule (P.W
. Long) on SIDES 11-14, a double 7” and comic book collection inspired by AC/DC.
And now; bare-knuckled, fist in hand with Skin Graft Records; PRE spring forward for round two - unprotected, unwavering - and with infectious left hooks guaranteed to leave listeners staggering.
o “Epic Fits is more fun than any number of last year's punk releases. If Pre have a trademark it's that they'll derail anything moving. Pile-up's the point." - Pitchfork
o “It can be hard to stand out among the hundreds of bands that play the annual CMJ Festival, so the hallucinogenic noise-smiths in PRE left it ALL on the floor!?" - Spin
o ”Love it! Screaming yelling yelping relentless girl voice, erasing all errata... ?Epic Fits? indeed. Meticulously slicing and cleverly crafted razor sharp noise tantrums - beautifully unawkward and very easy to listen to! Yes! Pre make the noise jump." - Organ
o "Gonzo punkers PRE are well on their way to superstardom. Like Karen O on a cocktail of narcotics, crazy lead singer Keeks Matsuura screeches alongside messy metal guitars with an energy that'd make duracell proud." - NME