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Free Energy perform "Electric Fever" in studio at The Current (MPR Video / Nate Ryan)
Free Energy perform in The Current studios
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Erstwhile Twin Citizens Free Energy kick off a new leg of their tour in their home away from home.

The hook-laden power-pop outfit has just emerged from a short breather after the first leg in their tour in support of their sophomore record, Love Sign; they'll be kicking off the next leg of the tour April 25, 2013 at the Triple Rock Social Club.

For the most part, the members of the band have roots in the Minnesota scene, forming out of acts like Hockey Night, Superhopper and His Mischief, so starting their tour in Minneapolis seemed like a natural fit. And the hometown has been incredibly receptive. Their last show in town this past January sold out the Turf Club.

"We're pretty adamant that we're a Minnesota band," said vocalist Paul Sprangers. "We assembled Free Energy in a house in Philadelphia, but we're not pretending as if we slugged our way through the bars of Philly," added lead guitarist Scott Wells.

In addition to the John Agnello-produced Love Sign, Free Energy released a 7" of "Girls Want Rock" for Record Store Day with a new track, "Wild Life" as the b-side.

The band has other interests, too, including their "90% good" Twitter account, and their visually stimulating blog maintained by bassist Evan Wells, (who also resurrected brother Scott Wells deep visual vortex of a website after the unfortunate downfall of GeoCities).

Listen to the entire interview to hear the band perform "Electric Fever," "Hangin'" and "Girls Want Rock." They also spoke with Mark Wheat about describing the band's sound, hooking up with producer John Agnello for their sophomore record, and seeing Kurt Vile pushing a baby stroller on the streets of Philadelphia.

Their tour takes them to Chicago, Atlanta and the east coast, and they'll be back in town in June supporting The Walkmen at the City Pages 10Thousand Sounds festival.

Free Energy are Paul Sprangers on vocals, Scott Wells on lead guitar, Sheridan Fox on rhythm guitar, Evan Wells on bass and Nicholas Shuminsky on drums.

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  • Paul Sprangers
    Paul Sprangers, Free Energy's lead vocalist. (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan)
  • Nicholas Shuminsky
    Drummer Nicholas Shuminsky. (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan)
  • Sheridan Fox and Evan Wells
    Rhythm guitarist Sheridan Fox and bassist Evan Wells. (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan)
  • Social media geniuses
    Social media geniuses. (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan)
  • Wells' guitar
    Scott Wells' guitar (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan)