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Tom Freund

TWO MOONS BRILLIANTLY REVEALS TOM FREUND’S MANY MUSICAL PHASES
Brett Dennen, Serena Ryder, Arthur Fonzarelli and Barbarella
all make appearances on the L.A.-based troubadour’s latest album

“If you want to hear what California feels like, Tom Freund’s new album is a good plac to start. . . .Two Moons channels Randy newman and celebrates the eccentric town where Freund and others proudly fly their freak flag.” - ACOUSTIC GUITAR

“California-based troubadour Tom Freund sings of skate-boarding kids, impending doom and Happy Days lunch boxes on his new album, Two Moons.” —NPR WEEKEND EDITION  (To Listen click:)www.npr.org/2014/06/22/324480115/tom-freund-is-oddly-upbeat-in-two-moons?ft=1&f=

“Freund’s imagination as a songwriter is matched by his reach as an arranger and producer, making this collection both varied and cohesive.” —NO DEPRESSION

“Tom Freund opens the curtains with ‘Angel Eyes’ to let in Two Moons with a personal L.A. moment, much like Randy Newman did with his false hope Hollywood love letter in ‘I Love L.A.’. Through introductions and dedications to his city, Tom Freund admits that, love-it-or-hate-it, L.A certainly ‘makes it possible to do the things I do’.” —THE ALTERNATE ROOT

“Tom Freund opens the curtains with “Angel Eyes” to let in Two Moons with a personal L.A. moment, much like Randy Newman did with his false hope Hollywood love letter in ‘ILove L.A.’ Through introductions and dedications to his city, Tom Freund admits that, love-it-or-hate-it, L.A certainly “makes it possible to do the things I do.” —PITTSBURGH IN-TUNE

“In the vein of Tom Petty, singer-songwriter Tom Freund—formerly of The Silos—is making that smooth classic folk rock that’s so pure and pretty, it transcends time. His latest solo record Two Moons is drenched in sunny harmonies, often set to melancholy tunes. Looking back resurfaces again and again on Moons, a constant reminder of the importance of moving forward, but appreciating where you’ve been.” —THE HORN (Austin)


LOS ANGELES, Calif.—Over the course of his career, Tom Freund has created a wide variety of albums. His first was a collaboration with Ben Harper and his last was a double disc live album. In between, he’s made full-lengths, EPs, a children’s CD and a Christmas album — but he’s never made an album like Two Moons.
This self-produced disc, due out June 17, 2014 on Surf Road Records, finds the Los Angeles-based Freund in a contemplative yet confident mood, where swirls of nostalgia blend with sharp-eyed views of life today. He delivers this CD’s main message in the standout track “Lemme Be Who I Wanna Be,”  in which he declares: “I’m basically hooked on this life/it’s got a lot of problems/but it treats me real right/and you don’t have to agree with me/but let me fly my freak flag.” This oddly upbeat anthem of personal empowerment so impressed Canadian rock star Serena Ryder that she asked to sing on it. “Lemme Be Who I Wanna Be” represents a different type of song for Freund. “I’d rather just be honest and say ‘take me as a I am’,” he reveals, adding, “I felt that I didn’t have to dress up songs with clever couplets all the time.”
This more emotionally raw and vulnerable songwriting surfaces throughout the album. The opening track “Angel Eyes,” which serves as Freund’s take on Randy Newman’s “I Love L.A.” motif, expresses his appreciation to his Southern California friends for always having his back. Freund proudly notes that “Sugar Pie,” the sweet-sounding album closer, “doesn’t have one sarcastic line in the whole song.” Played simply and sung sincerely, it’s his most heartfelt love song, even though it concerns a relationship that has come to an end.
Nostalgia strikes a more playful note in “Grooves Out of My Heart,” which contrasts an innocent youth spent spinning records and “getting stoned on the stoops” with an adulthood where “Barbarella has gone away” and “I guess I have to make something of my life today.”  This funky rocker reveals some musical touchstones with its “me and Julio” shout-out to one of Freund’s songwriting idols, Paul Simon, and a fadeout guitar riff nod to AOR rock gods Led Zeppelin.  
Freund, in producing and co-engineering this album, draws upon folk, rock, jazz and other roots sources for an urbane Americana sound. He blends in cool touches: woozy mariachi horns pop up in “Same Old Shit,” mermaid-evoking backing vocals in “Next Time Around.” He punctuates “Heavy Balloon” with a blast of electric guitar and guest Stan Behrens (of Canned Heat fame) lends an atmospheric harmonica solo to “Weekend Guy” (a co-write with singer/songwriter Brett Dennen, who contributes vocals too). Inspired by listening to a lot of old Squeeze music, Freund also mixed in some trippy keyboards and old-school synths to flesh out tracks like “Me and Bernice and “Lemme Be Who I Wanna Be.”
“I knew what guys to grab and how to get it done,” he confides. “There weren’t wasted takes or wasted hours.” He used a core of group of musicians he knew (drummers Michael Jerome and Michael Iveson, keyboardist Chris Joyner and bassist John Button) and, he says, “every time we got together, something good happened.” Some talented friends lent Freund support too. David Immergluck (Counting Crows/John Hiatt) weaves his pedal steel through 2 Moons, while “Angel Eyes” features vocals from Ben Harper, who also produced Freund’s 2008 CD Collapsible Plans.
Freund himself plays guitars, ukulele, keyboards and bass on 2 Moons. An in-demand bass player, Freund got his first big break in the mid-’90s playing for the Austin-based roots-rock cult heroes the Silos. He settled in Venice, California around the time of his 1998 solo debut North American Long Weekend. Over the years, he alternated between making his own music and working with folks like Mandy Moore, Rachael Yamagata and Graham Parker, who has hailed Freund as one of “the best singer/songwriters operating today.” You can even spot Freund playing with Parker and the Rumour in the recent Judd Apatow film, This Is 40.
Fans’ reactions resonate strongly with Freund: he feels that a job of a songwriter to help others access what they are feeling. “A real joy is when people come and tell me that a song or an album got them through something,” he says. If2 Moons, with its underlying message of hope in this messy world of ours, serves as an inspiring, encouraging soundtrack for listeners, “then I can say to myself: ‘okay, you’re doing something right for some people out there.’”
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Previous Albums:
“Every year the mounting landfill of new releases that threatens to bury the working music journalists yields a few unexpected gems, and Tom Freund is one of them.” – THE NEW YORK TIMES

“A fitting soundtrack to ‘On the Road’: Gorgeous wide-open spacious scenes, explorations of the young heartand quests from personal truth unfold in its literate, rootsy songs.” -NEW YORK POST

“Freund clearly delights in enigma. His vocals could go from laconic to impassioned without such obvious trickery as cranking up the volume. His lyrics are full of curveballs.” – WASHINGTON POST

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