Freeman: ‘The Best Thing … For Every Ween Fan’
Freeman’s self-titled album is due out July 22 on Partisan Records. After releasing the cover album Marvelous Clouds in 2012, the new LP will be Aaron’s first collection of new material since his split with Ween and getting sober.
Along with Aaron on guitar/vocals, the band features Chris Boerner on guitar, Dave Godowsky on keys and Kyle Keegan on drums. Brad Cook plays bass in the studio and Joe Young takes over the instrument live.
Freeman is described as a set of “gorgeous, subtly offbeat songs – in other words, a continuation of the thread that runs through the entire Ween catalog.”
“I want this record to pay homage to Ween,” Aaron says. “These are the same songs I would’ve written in Ween – except without [ex-bandmate] Mickey.”
While most people would be happy for someone who’s become sober, Aaron acknowledges that some fans might be concerned a lack of substance abuse means the new material will be missing something.
“I wrote the songs I wrote in Ween despite all the drugs and alcohol I was doing, not because,” he said. “Most people don’t get sobriety at all. They assume you’re this better-than-thou monk sitting on a mountain, judging everybody. It’s not that way: You have to let everybody do their thing, and you get weirder.”
He added, “If I hadn’t left my partnership, there wouldn’t be anything. I’d probably be dead too. I know that at the end of the day, this is the best thing I could’ve done for me and for every Ween fan.”
Here’s the itinerary for the fall tour:
Sept. 16 – Providence, R.I., Columbus Theater
Sept. 17 – Cambridge, Mass., The Sinclair
Sept. 18 – South Burlington, Vt., Higher Ground – Showcase Lounge
Sept. 19 – Rochester, N.Y., Lovin’ Cup
Sept. 20 – Cleveland, Ohio, Beachland Ballroom
Sept. 21 – Indianapolis, Ind., Radio Radio
Sept. 23 – Detroit, Mich., Magic Stick
Sept. 24 – Chicago, Ill., Lincoln Hall
Sept. 25 – Milwaukee, Wis., Turner Hall Ballroom
Sept. 26 – Paul, Minn., Turf Club
Sept. 27 – Omaha, Neb., The Waiting Room
Sept. 28 – St. Louis, Mo., Blueberry Hill’s Duck Room
Sept. 30 – Columbus, Ohio, The Basement
Oct. 1 – Pittsburgh, Pa., Brillobox
Oct. 2 – Washington, D.C., Rock And Roll Hotel
Oct. 3 – Philadelphia, Pa., Johnny Brenda’s
Oct. 4 – New York, N.Y., Bowery Ballroom
Oct. 22 – New Orleans, La., One Eyed Jacks
Oct. 23 – Houston, Texas, Fitzgerald’s – Downstairs
Oct. 24 – Dallas, Texas, The Loft
Oct. 25 – Austin, Texas, The Parish
Oct. 28 – San Diego, Calif., The Casbah
Oct. 30 – West Hollywood, Calif., The Roxy Theatre
Oct. 31 – San Francisco, Calif., The Independent
Nov. 1 – Portland, Ore., Doug Fir Lounge
Nov. 2 – Seattle, Wash., Tractor Tavern
Nov. 5 – Salt Lake City, Utah, The State Room
Nov. 6 – Denver, Colo., Bluebird Theater
Nov. 7 – Kansas City, Mo., The Riot Room
Nov. 8 – Columbia, Mo., Mojo’s
A presale for select dates begins May 28. General onsales are scheduled May 30.
For more information visit FreemanTheBand.com.