LC Artist Spotlight
Surviving 2020 & Relighting the Flame
By Tessa Wiser
FREAKABOUT has been playing at Lincoln Calling for almost a decade.
In 2013 they played their Lincoln Calling debut at the Bourbon Theatre to an eager crowd, and have played every year since.
In the nearly 10 years since stepping into the Lincoln music scene, FREAKABOUT has put out two albums, Babezooka and Don’t We All. Guitarist Aaron Galvan knows the ups and downs of being in a band for nearly a decade.
“You know, seven months of not being in the same room has mostly been because of COVID,” Galvan said. “Everyone was saying ‘oh this is the time we’re gonna write music and we’re gonna do all these things,’ but in reality, I don’t think really anything like that happened for a lot of people, especially us.”
Galvan is the general manager at the Bourbon Theatre, a favorite local venue that’s been closed for several months due to COVID. The Bourbon was one of the main stages for Lincoln Calling’s virtual music festival this year.
This year’s pandemic allowed FREAKABOUT to step away from music and a schedule of constant shows for a few months.
“We’ve been in a band for close to ten years now and it was nice for us to have a break and just kind of be away, to figure out our own lives, and figure out what we wanted to do, because once we got asked to do Lincoln Calling, it was immediate excitement again about what we’re doing,” Galvan said.
“You have to have something that re-inspires you or ‘relights that flame,’ or whatever you want to call it, and I think that this is our first step towards getting excited about this again.”
The band was originally created in early 2011.
“Sometimes it gets to the point where it’s not so fun anymore,” Galvan said. “And you have to have something that re-inspires you or ‘relights that flame,’ or whatever you want to call it, and I think that this is our first step towards getting excited about this again.”
FREAKABOUT got together for the first time in seven months to practice the week of Lincoln Calling. They performed Friday night on the Basement Creator’s Network stage. Galvan even brought his dog, Mindy, on stage during the performance.
“I think we all are about ready to write a new album and do something new,” Galvan said. “We’re just excited that we remember how to play most of our songs.”
Galvan is grateful to see local organizations push through the hardships of the global pandemic.
“I’m really proud of Lincoln Calling and Spencer Munson for continuing this festival despite everything,” Galvan said. “Everyone is working pretty hard and there’s a lot of people that are a big part of this, Chris Johnson from the Bourbon and Shannon Claire has been doing a lot of work with this.”