The Freeze

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For the peace organisation, see Peace Action. For the Spandau Ballet song of this title, see Journeys to Glory. For the Scottish band, see The Freeze (Scottish band).
The Freeze
Origin Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Genres Hardcore punk
Punk rock
Years active 1978–present
Labels Modern Method, Taang!, Lost And Found(DE), Doctor Strange, Schitzophrenic, Beer City, Gummopunx Records!,
Members Clif Hanger
D.B.- Guitar
Zach Carmichael - Guitar
Molusk - Bass
Aaron Hjalmarson - Drums
Past members Joe Koonz
Ron ("HeXe") Cormier
Kevin Vicha
Rob 'Da Cradle" Rosenthal

The Freeze are a seminal punk rock band from Cape Cod, Massachusetts that came together in 1978 when they were teenagers.[1][2]

The band is known for their dark lyrics, original punk rock melodies, and their longevity. A lot of their early lyrics deal with alienation, drug-use/abuse and paranoia (especially of the government and especially of the Reagan-Bush years). A constant theme or thread regarding apathetic observers or people willing to give up their freedoms for fear of losing their "security" is also apparent in their work.


The band's first release was the "I Hate Tourists / Don't forget me Tommy" 7 inch which was released in 1980. The Freeze had nine songs appear on the important New England punk rock compilation "This Is Boston, Not L.A." in 1981. This compilation is regarded by many as an early strobulum of post-punk. They have recorded many full length albums including "Land of the Lost", "Rabid Reaction", "Misery Loves Company" and arguably their greatest album, "Freak Show" which was released in the early 1990s. The Freeze's last studio album entitled "One False Moove" was released in 1999. The album's cover art was drawn by the late American artist, writer, and Cape Cod resident Edward Gorey.

A major amount of the bands creativity seems to spring from the constant friction between founding members Hangar and Close, who have had a legendarily tumultuous on-again off-again musical relationship.

Dr. Strange Records is in the process[when?] of releasing all of The Freeze's extensive back catalog.

As of 2005, a newly reformed Freeze began playing occasional shows in the Boston area. In 2009, they toured Europe. In 2011, they released an EP, Blood Flows Home.


  • "Don't Forget Me Tommy/I Hate Tourist's" 7" 1980
  • "Wicked Good Time: Vol. 2" (compilation) 1981
  • "This Is Boston, Not L.A." (compilation) 1982
  • "Unsafe at Any Speed" (compilation) 1983
  • "Guilty Face Ep" 10" 1982
  • "Land of the Lost" 1983
  • "Rabid Reaction" LP 1985
  • "Life is a Joke vol. 3" (compilation) 1987
  • "Revenge of the Kamikaze Stegosaurus From Outer Space" (compilation) 1988
  • "Guilty Face + 3" EP 10"1990
  • "Misery Loves Company" LP 1991
  • "PTP" 7" 1991
  • "Bloodlights" 7" 1991
  • "Five Way Fury" LP 1992
  • "Double Dosed" LP 1992
  • "Crawling Blind" LP 1994
  • "The Freeze and the Kilrays" CD 1995
  • "Freakshow" CD 1996
  • "The Freeze 11/2/96" 7" 1996
  • "A Deadly Duo" 10" (w the Bollweevils) 1996
  • "Token Bones" 1997
  • "One False Move" LP 1998
  • "Boston Wolfpack" 1999
  • "Welcome to Planet Earth" 7" 1999
  • "Live at the Mill Hill Club in 1980" 2007
  • "Blood Flows Home" CD-EP 2011
  • "Blood Flows Home" CD-EP 2011
  • "Blood Flows Home" CD-EP 2011
  • "Crawling Blind" LP 2013


Band founder, songwriter, and vocalist Clif Hangar is the only member that has been in every incarnation of the band which has seen many line-up changes in its past.

Current members[edit]

  • Clif Hanger - Vocals
  • D.B.- Guitar
  • Zach Carmichael - Guitar
  • Molusk - Bass
  • Aaron Hjalmarson - Drums

Former members[edit]

  • Johnny Baxter – Drums
  • Rob (DeCradle) Rosenthal – Guitar
  • Pat Leonard – Bass
  • Pat Brady – Drums
  • Paul Delano – Guitar
  • Scott Moulaison – Drums, Vocals
  • Steve Wood – Guitar
  • Rick Andrews – Bass
  • Marc Thalasitas – Guitar, Vocals
  • Daniella Thalasitas – Bass
  • Craig Adams – Bass
  • Eric Short – Guitar
  • Joe Koonz – Guitar and Vocals
  • Ronald Cormier – Guitar
  • Kevin Vicha ("Kev") – Drums
  • Lou "Chip" Cataldo-Drums
  • Walter Gustafson-Drums
  • Chuck Stilphen – Guitar
  • Zackory Carmichael – Bass
  • Mark Leonard – Bass
  • Chris Barone – Drums
  • Anthony Pizzo – Guitar
  • Patrick "Swedish" Souza - Drums
  • Slade Anderson – Guitar
  • John - Guitar
  • Molusk - Bass Guitar
  • Jason - Drums
  • Joshy Wastrel – Guitar, Vocals
  • Gizz Lazlo - Drums, Vocals
  • David Diamond
  • Arvin Mani - Bass
  • Frank Anderson - Drums
  • Kevin Bonelli - Bass, Guitar
  • Jordan Balmiz - Avid Fan
  • Anthony Barbaria - Drums


  1. ^ Hanger, Clif (2005). "I Hate Tourists, Tourists SUCK, It's only their daughters I wanna fuck" in "I Hate Tourists"[Record Liner Notes]. Hamilton: Schizophrenic Records.
  2. ^ Blush, Steven (2001). "“The Kids Will Have Their Say”". In George Petros. American Hardcore: A Tribal History. New York: Feral House. pp. 168–169. ISBN 0-922915-71-7. 

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