Best New Band


A happy accident that came out of a jam session, Freedom formed while the ashes of Roue, one of Cleveland's best bands of the decade, were still smouldering. Featuring Roue singer-guitarist Justin Coulter, Freedom — which also includes singer-guitarist Anthony Merritt, synth player Chris Kulcsar, and drummers Steve Mehlman and Jason Gintert — live up to their name on a recent split 12-inch with the Deathers. "Cougaresque" and "Bombay" are epic jams that bridge the gap between math-rock and psych-rock. The band reportedly has enough songs for a full-length, so look for something more substantial from the group in the coming months. ( Niesel