Drawing inspiration from the dub side of Bad Brains, the horn-lines of SOJA, and the soulful rhythms of Citizen Cope, FeelFree's music is a culmination of Washington D.C.'s musical and cultural diversity, and stands out for their tasteful guitar work and hard hitting horn section.
In 2004, Andrew Pfeiffer (vocals/guitar/trombone), Evan Hulehan (guitars/vocals/production), and Bryan Frank (drums) first began playing music together while enrolled in George Washington Middle School in Alexandria, VA. After adding Garret Clausen on bass/vocals/saxophone and Colin Cantfil on trumpet in 2010, FeelFree independently produced and released a few songs a year over the course of 2010-2013, helping to build buzz about the group in the Washington D.C. metro area while they finished up school.
After winning Deli Magazine: D.C.’s Emerging Artist of the Month award, the band entered Arlington VA's Inner Ear Studios (where D.C. legends like Fugazi, Minor Threat, Bad Brains, and SOJA crafted their sound) to record their next EP. FeelFree released The Ebb Tide EP in December 2013 at a packed album-release show in Old Town Alexandria, VA. The EP is a beautiful whirlwind of different sounds, influences, and genres. Ranging from the album's huge opening track "The Motions" to the album's closing track, a quiet but soulful acoustic ballad "After the Heatwave”, the band crafted an 8 song album that is simultaneously both upbeat and serene.
"FeelFree, in my opinion, is a perfect example of the sort of gems that the greater Washington D.C. area harbors, and discovering their talent, kinship and carefree approach to an incredible and unique sound, is what led me to approach them for an interview soon after our meeting. The five-piece stirs the cauldron with a reggae beat, funk-rock sound and a jazzy connotation. Pair that with breezy, soul-churning vocals, multi-instrumental talent… and you have yourself a recipe for a breadth of potential."-Karina Verlan, The MELOMANIACS
While the band's lineup has fluctuated slightly in recent years with Bryan Frank and Colin Cantfil departing the group in 2015. FeelFree remains a constant on the mid-Atlantic scene and is currently finishing their next full length studio album, having released three singles off the LP so far,“Fishery” and “Right By Her" arrived in 2016, and "What a Time!" in 2017.