Matt Freeman


Matt Freeman
Matt Freeman
Background information
Birth name Roger Matthew Freeman
Also known as Matt McCall
Born June 14, 1966 (1966-06-14) (age 45)
Origin Berkeley, California, U.S.
Genres Punk rock, ska punk, street punk, hardcore punk, psychobilly
Occupations Musician
Instruments Bass, upright bass, guitar, vocals, mandolin, trumpet, trombone
Years active 1980–present
Associated acts Basic Radio, Operation Ivy, Downfall, MDC, Rancid, Shaken 69, Devil's Brigade, Social Distortion, Auntie Christ

Matthew "McCall" Freeman (born Roger Matthew Freeman on June 14, 1966) is an American musician. He is best known for his bass guitar work with the punk rock bands Operation Ivy, Rancid and as the frontman of Devils Brigade.

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Playing style

In a promotional interview streamed from the Rancid website before the release of Rancid (2000), he revealed that his style was heavily influenced at an early age by John Entwistle, bassist for The Who. He typically uses a hard pick but sometimes will fingerpick.

Freeman's playing style is considered atypical in the punk rock world due to his frequent use of scales and arpeggios as opposed to "motoring" through a chord progression's root notes as is typical of punk bass playing. Freeman's solos in the songs "Maxwell Murder", "White Knuckle Ride", and "Axiom" are among his most lauded.

Singing style

Although Armstrong and Frederiksen are the principal singers in Rancid, Freeman has taken the lead vocal duties in a number of gritty sounding songs through the years, including the songs "Black and Blue", "Rigged on a Fix", "Black Derby Jacket" and, "L.A. River". He is known for possessing a deep and raspy singing voice.

Gear

Freeman plays Fender Precision and Jazz basses. His 1977 Fender Precision was used as the basis for the 2011 Squier Matt Freeman Signature Bass.[1]

Bands

Operation Ivy and Downfall

In May 1987, Freeman and Armstrong formed the band Operation Ivy. After Operation Ivy broke up in May 1989, they formed a new band, Downfall, which included all but one member of Operation Ivy and two additional members. Downfall recorded a 10-song album which has never been released, then broke up. Freeman and Armstrong next formed Generator, who played a number of shows, but are not known to have recorded anything. After that, Freeman played with the political punk band MDC for about a year.

Dance Hall Crashers

After Operation Ivy, Freeman and Armstrong formed the ska band the Dance Hall Crashers, however they left the band shortly after its formation. The band went on to become moderately successful throughout the 90s.

MDC

He joined MDC in 1990, completing one US and one European tour and playing bass on their 1991 release Millions Of Dead Cops II: Hey Cop! If I Had A Face Like Yours.... The lineup for this version of the band consisted of Freeman, original singer Dave Dictor, original drummer Al Schvitz and guitarist Bill Collins, formerly of Fang, Special Forces and Intensified Chaos.

Gr'ups and Rancid

He joined The Gr'ups in 1991. In 1992, Freeman and Armstrong recruited drummer Brett Reed and formed Rancid. Rancid is his most successful band yet. He considered Rancid a side project until Armstrong had proved to him that he had his alcoholism under control. Guitarist Lars Frederiksen joined the band later in 1993. Their partnership has continued with Freeman contributing basslines to selected tracks by the Transplants, one of Armstrong's side projects.

Social Distortion

During Rancid's 2004 hiatus, Freeman replaced bassist John Maurer in Social Distortion shortly before the release of their then-new album Sex, Love and Rock 'n' Roll. Freeman did not intend to stay in the band permanently and he was replaced by current bassist Brent Harding in late 2004.

Health issues

Following his departure from Social Distortion, Freeman was diagnosed with lung cancer in May 2005, but was dismissed as abnormal tissue growth and not terminal to his health in June 2005.[2] He had been a smoker for 20 years but had quit, seemingly by coincidence, shortly prior to this. He learned to play the mandolin so he would have something to do with his hands as heard on the Lars Frederiksen and the Bastards album, Viking.

Discography

Operation Ivy

Downfall

  • They Don't Get Paid, They Don't Get Laid, but Boy Do They Work Hard! compilation album (1989)
  • Very Small World compilation album (1991)
  • Can of Pork compilation album (1992)

MDC

  • Millions of Dead Cops II (1991)

Rancid

The Gr'ups

  • The Gr'ups (1992)
  • Vinyl Retentive compilation album (1993)

Auntie Christ

  • Life Could Be a Dream (1997)

Devils Brigade

  • Devils Brigade (2010)

References

External links


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