Freezepop, Boy in Static, DJs Jackola and Annie
Radio Radio, 1119 Prospect St.
Friday, Feb. 15, 8 p.m., $6, 21+
Since 1999, Boston’s Freezepop has performed a brand of synth pop that’s unabashedly ’80s-influenced. Depending on how you feel about this particular subgenre, you might be pleasantly reminded of Gary Numan and New Order, or haunted by displaced nightmares of Mannheim Steamroller and Men Without Hats.
“We’ve been listening to bands like Duran Duran and Erasure since we were really young,” says vocalist Liz Enthusiasm. “But we also like bands like Goldtrapp, who are doing newer things with it.”
On Freezepop’s latest full-length, “Futurefuturefutureperfect,” Enthusiasm’s soft deadpan vocals recall other current dance rock bands such as She Wants Revenge, although she traffics in more lighthearted themes than the bondage-fixated Revenge.
Freezepop’s sound is both heartfelt and humorous, as simple and endearing as the snack for which they’re named; a tender ode to unspoken love, “Thought Balloon” is immediately followed by “Ninja of Love,” which features a riotously goofy metaphor for a mystery man who arouses his lovers against their better judgment.
“We definitely poke fun at certain things,” Enthusiasm says. “But wherever there is irony, there’s also genuine appreciation underneath.”
Freezepop’s rise from DIY to a major label release for “Future” was greased by their presence on the soundtracks for popular video games, which have arguably been a natural medium for electronic music since the days of “Zelda.”
“It was just kind of a happy coincidence at first,” Enthusiasm said. “But once we saw the response we got, we decided to pursue it. We reached a lot of people we never would have otherwise, and people really latched onto us.”
Their new, polished record has disappointed a few old fans who first heard Freezepop on their self-released material.
“Some people don’t get it; they miss the bleepy, minimal nature of the old stuff,” Enthusiasm said. “But others love it, and notice an evolution. When the band first started, I never thought we’d be half as successful.”