For as long as I’ve attended, Dragon*Con has always had its particular music favorites: Abney Park, Voltaire, The Crux Shadows, and a few others that rotate in and out, many of them falling under the umbrella of goth or steampunk. That’s why this year I was surprised and delighted to see that an old electronic friend of mine, Freezepop, would be performing. Freezepop is a small electropop band from Seattle and while they may not have the deeper lyrics or tormented tone of many of the other Dragon*Con acts they do have is fun bippy music that everyone can dance to, perfect for 1:30 am on a Sunday morning.
Freezepop, starring a line-up of Liz Enthusiam, Robert John “Bananas” Foster, Sean Drinkwater and Christmas Disco-Marie Sagan took over the stage from Abney Park to a very well-warmed up group. The choice of leadband was excellent, after the meaty lyrics and deft instrumentation of Abney Park, Freezepop was like a refreshing sherbet to top off the night. Although there was some delay switching over the instruments, it gave the distinctly tipsy crowd a needed moment to stop, recover their hearing and scope out perspective attractive partners to jump around with (and in case of one unlucky girl, look for her gloves. I hope you found them!)
Freezepop performed a solid hour and a half set, featuring new songs and some of their iconic pieces, like “Science Genius Girl” and “Bicycle Thief”. The band had a great stage presence and kept the song set list moving briskly, although due to equipment issues the vocals were hard to understand. However, the enthusiasm of both the band and the audience made for a great combination before we all staggered off to bed, ears ringing. If Freezepop’s presence this year means that Dragon-Con is opening up to a greater variety of music acts, then I can’t wait to see what 2012 brings!