Today’s song is “Freeze” by Prinze George. The Maryland group consists of Kenny Grimm (production/instrumental), Naomi Almquist (vocals) and Isabelle De Leon (drums).
Kenny and Naomi grew up together in Prince George’s County, where they met Isabelle while she was in college. They formed in 2013, Prinze George has quickly exploded onto the Indie scene. Following the release of their breakthrough single, “Victor,” The Wild Honey Pie declared, “[This band] could be destined for Indie Pop royalty status.”
Climbing to #1 on the Hype Machine charts, the single and the band have won the attention of music blogs, fans, and labels from all over the world. “Victor” was also selected for the movie soundtrack of Warner Bros.’ biggest European release in 2014, “Honig Im Kopf,” a film directed by Til Schweiger.
This is the third song from their recent debut EP Illiterate Synth Pop out now via Sounds Expensive.
In February of 2015, Prinze George started traveling to Minneapolis, MN to record the album with Evan Bakke (Prince, Fraea, Soul Asylum) at Sounds Expensive Studio. They kept coming back in between tours with Albert Hammond Jr., Little Boots, Walk the Moon and more, and finished recording in early 2016.
“Illiterate Synth Pop is a panorama of the people we grew up with and the places we’ve traveled to with them; both inside and outside of our home. Coming of age, Love, loneliness, and feeling stuck are frequent themes. This collection of songs is a great reflection of who we are,” explains Naomi. “Making the album in Minneapolis was a tremendous experience because we were immersed in a beautiful creative space that allowed us the freedom to work and play at our own pace. We were also surrounded by people who are focused and professional but also playful and free, which is imperative for our creative process. If making a record is just business as usual, it affects the music; so we were lucky to have it all.”
This week the video for the song premiered on Blackbook.com.
This song has a funky 90’s electronica that is reminiscent of Annie Lennox. The soulful vocals of Almquist combine perfectly with the techno vibe for a blazing hotness that will be the perfect sound among any indie festival.
The band will be playing some dates this fall in support of the new album (see below).
9/30 – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Festival
10/4 – Austin, TX – Emo’s #
10/7 – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Festival
10/12 – Pontiac, MI – The Pike Room*
10/13 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall*
10/14 – St. Louis, MO – Duck Room*
10/15 – Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock Social Club*
10/18 – Kansas City, MO – recordBar*
10/20 – Dallas, TX – The Prophet Bar*
10/21 – Houston, TX – The Raven Tower*
10/25 – Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge*
10/26 – Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court*
10/28 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge*
10/29 – Seattle, WA – Barboza*
11/1 – San Francisco, CA – Rickshaw Stop*
11/3 – West Hollywood, CA – Troubadour*
11/4 – Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room*
11/6 – San Diego, CA – The Casbah*
#= with Cold War Kids
*= with Lewis Del Mar