Interview with The FreeRolls – Summer Fusion 2016

The FreeRolls are a Lebanese rock band founded back in 2005 and have since then gone on to release original material and rock the Lebanese scene. Catch them at Summer Fusion 2016!

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How and when did you start in the Lebanese music scene?
The band was founded by Elie Zeidan (guitar, vocals) and Samuel George (keyboard) back in 2005, when they were still in high school. The band started out as “Rebellious Phoenix” and the members focused on playing some sophisticated tunes inspired by the 70s Southern Rock and Hard Rock era, alongside 80s Rock music and 90s Post Grunge. Roy (guitar), Samis brother, joined the band as they were composing their first original. The band moved on to perform in different events across Lebanon, and in 2011, the band recorded demos of their originals under the new band name,”The FreeRolls”. That was when Martin Nassif (bass) joined the band. The demo projects made the band shift their focus towards recording, changing their cover band image into a more independent one.

Who does your current lineup consist of?
Elie Zeidan: Vocals Guitar
Samuel: George Keys
Roy George: Guitar
Tony Hawa: Drums
Martin Nassif: Bass

What style do you perform? Do you perform cover songs or play originals?
The band plays mainly Rock music, swinging between the sophistication of Southern Rock and the rawness of Post Grunge. We perform originals as well as cover songs from our influences.

Who are your influences?
The Allman Brothers/ Led Zeppelin/ Matchbox 20 / Pain of Salvation / Dave Matthews Band / Zac Brown Band / Aerosmith and Matthew Good Band/ Kings of Leon/ Foo Fighters/ Death Cab For Cutie/ Dishwalla/ Jamiroquai

What is your purpose behind performing and making music?
Passion, Passion, and Passion.

What do you think of the Lebanese music scene?
It is currently rising, better than ever. We are really glad it is getting more local support, and the audience is getting used to the idea that local talents are more than worth it.
Rich in its diversity, independent bands are not afraid to produce, perform and publish their music anymore.

What can we expect from you at Summer Fusion 2016?
Raw Rock’n Roll embedded in our originals and covers.

What are your plans for the future?
We are currently working on a second album, but, well, we are taking our time.

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