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- HISTORY -

Formed in West Milton Ohio on Sept. 13, 1991 under the name of "REHAB DOLL". Original 4 members were Steven Gullett (voice), James Rouch (bass, b.vox), Dennis Williamson aka D. Williamson (guitar) & Kevin Parret aka Kevin Todd (drums).  This line-up was joined 2 weeks later by guitarist Tod Weidner who'd previously played with Williamson in numerous other musical projects. An October  name change resulted in the moniker "ELEPHANT CANDY".  



Their first show in December 1991 at the Miamisburg High School talent show nearly resulted in a riot when Country music loving football players began pelting the band with loose change, halfway into their first song. Lead singer Steven then made a few comments on how the band would "take them on" while Dennis grabbed his crotch in their general direction. Once the band started throwing water back at the crowd the lights came up and the first gig was cut very short. No injuries.

Tod Weidner left in Spring of  '92 and is not on the band's only studio recording, but his songwriting contributions are notable on songs such as "Fear of God".

 The band plays under the name  "FREAKSTROBE" for the first time on Aug. 6 '92. Kevin Parret quits Sept. 12 '92 after a particularly drunken performance at the "SCORCHED EARTH POLICY"' Band Playoff celebration. Steve Lewis from "S.E.P" fills in on drums for 1 show on Oct. 3 '92

Fall of  '92  the band auditions future drummer for "THE MYSTERY ADDICTS", Bryan Labonte but it doesn't work out.  Eventually Matt Lynn joins on drums in early November. Play 2 shows with Matt on drums including final performance Dec. 31 1992 at a hall in Huber Heights w/ "SCORCHED EARTH POLICY" & "HOLDEN #9". The band makes it through 2 1/2 songs before conceding to the fact that they're too drunk to play.

This short lived combo although only playing a handful of shows (14) was to splinter off into many notable Dayton bands. 





- THE BAND -

KEVIN PARRET - NEED, A TEN O'CLOCK SCHOLAR, LAB PARTNERS

STEVEN GULLETT - SOLO, LOVE LIES BLEEDING, HAUNTING SOULS, THE MYSTERY ADDICTS

JAMES ROUCH - CHERRY POP, THE MIGRAINES

D. WILLIAMSON - HAUNTING SOULS, CHERRY POP, THE MYSTERY ADDICTS, THE MIGRAINES

TOD WEIDNER - TIM, SHRUG, SOLO

- PICTURES -

- THE MUSIC -

MR. WISH mp3
FEAR OF GOD mp3
SEARCH AND DESTROY (live stooges cover) mp3
PERSONALITY CRISIS (live ny dolls cover) mp3

"FREAKSTROBE" had only one release during their career, an 8 song cassette entitled "Angst And Color".
It includes musical & lyrical pieces of future LOVE LIES BLEEDING, MYSTERY ADDICTS, & SHRUG songs.

- LYRICS -

 

- SONG LIST -

ORIGINALS
COVERS
   
PAISLEY TRIP SEASONS OF WITHER - aerosmith
OUTCASTS BALL AND CHAIN - social distortion
FEAR OF GOD* tw/dw/sg HEART FULL OF SOUL - yardbirds
PSYCHOTIC POETRY SUNSHINE OF YOUR LOVE - cream
RIDE MY CIRCLE SEARCH AND DESTROY - iggy and the stooges
SPIRAL FLOYD THE BARBER - nirvana
HELLACIOUS SUNSHINE DRUNK LIKE ME - the dogs d'amour
CHAMELEON MINDSHAKER MELTDOWN -mother love bone
SUN* tw/sg PERSONALITY CRISIS - the new york dolls
METHOD TO THE MADNESS* tw I DON'T WANT YOU TO GO - the dogs d'amour
YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE, BABE* tw ABOUT A GIRL - nirvana
WELCOME TO THE HUMAN RACE* tw/d. smith REAL THING - alice in chains
MOTHER JUPITER* tw MOUNTAIN SONG - jane's addiction
MY MUSE BLITZKRIEG BOP - the ramones
ZERO IT'S SO EASY - guns 'n' roses
MR. WISH SON OF A GUN - the vaselines
IT'S NOTHING NEW TOUCH ME I'M SICK - mudhoney
STRIPPED TO FEEL* tw/sg YOU CAN'T PUT YOUR ARMS AROUND A MEMORY - johnny thunders
CURE* dw MY ONLY FAN - malfunkshun
ANGST AND COLOR GALACTIC KID - the ultras
EXHAUSTED TWILIGHT PAINT IT BLACK - the rolling stones
UNDER THE GLOSS THIS IS SHANGRILA - mother love bone
FLAVOR  
HONEY CREEPER  
NO CURE* dw  
IMITATION ROSES  
STAIN ME  
CELEBRATION  
all songs music D. Williamson / lyrics Steven Gullett
 
*except where noted
 

- PRESS -

ALTERNATIVE PRESS REVIEW - Elements of Mother Love Bone, the New York Dolls and the Dogs D'Amour are successfully blended into a guitar-oriented mixture (Don't fear the word "guitar"; they're not another wanna-be Seattle outfit). With insightful lyrics, "Chameleon" and "Paisley Trip" are psychedelic-tinged, not overdosed, rock. - LAURA BALDWIN, Dayton OH


Top 20 Reasons People Avoid Attending FREAKSTROBE Shows

20. Think it's just another Go-Go's reunion

19. Bulge in James' pants really just his pet rat Abraham
18. Half hour EMF medley done in Spanish
17. Jamy Holliday likes them
16. Free woodchuck omlettes to the first ten concert goers
15. Bagpipe solo gets old quick
14. Dennis may play sober
13. Not enough whining about how much they'll get paid
12. Men in eyeliner threaten their masculinity
11. Not enough songs about babes “n' brewskis
10. Singer spends to much time analyzing ceiling stains
9. Saving up for when “The Breeders” blow through town again
8. Live "Goat sex" act dropped from set
7. Accumulated stage lull gives shows that Woodstock feel
6. Members of Scorched Earth Policy keep screaming for "My Muse"
5. Don't like the name
4. Feel obligated to applaud at least once during the evening
3. That "Free band logo tattoo contest" back before they changed the name
2. If you've seen one heavy/moody groove punk band, you've seen them all
1. Two words: Flying Instruments

Propaganda from a November 1992 flyer.

- FLYERS -

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