Constantly building their sound around ideas inspired by their collective creativity, Freakabout is a band that has gone from a college band to touring nationally and releasing two albums on Spotify.

Cortney Kirby, the lead vocalist for Freakabout, started the band with guitarist Aaron Galvan.

“We kind of wrote some songs and started the band,” Kirby said, adding Galvan knew a bassist in his fraternity who was interested in joining the band before finding their drummer. “I always wanted to be involved in music somehow … I’ve been writing songs and music for as long as I can remember.”

Kirby said her father influenced her pursuit of singing when she was younger, since he could relate to her interest from knowing how to play the guitar.

Later, Kirby said the biggest opportunities to get the band started came in college.

“When I got to college, it was the perfect time to meet all these different people with different interests,” she said. Once all the original members of the band organized with each other, Kirby recalled how the four had “wrote a song the first night we were together.”

However, Kirby said it is hard to maintain such a delicate, creative relationship with other members of the band.

“It’s a very fragile time you spend with them,” Kirby pointed out while reflecting back on their experiences together. “You have to find people who can understand what you’re saying without you actually saying it.”

Bassist Ben Frerichs agreed.

“On the road, you’re the only people that each other knows … you’re sleeping in the same places, you’re eating the same food, you go to the bathroom in the same bathrooms,” Frerichs said. “You’re doing all that and you have to be creative.”

Frerichs joined Freakabout in 2015 after their original bass player left the band to pursue a job, and before Ian Francis entered as their new drummer.

“Sometimes you find out your bandmate doesn’t have quite the same vision or the same idea of where things are going,” Frerichs said. The band he was in previously headed in a different direction as far as the sound they were developing. But this opened up the opportunity to join Freakabout.

Being thrown into the mix just before they went on a tour consisting of 27 shows in 30 days, having only 3 weeks to learn all the music challenged Frerichs.

“I GoPro’d the old bass player’s practices … to tab out all of the notes he was playing and figure all the parts out,” he said. “It was like a bootcamp.

“In like a week and a half, I had it.”

Once he had the band’s older music down and Freakabout started making new music, Frerichs says he influenced the band’s sound by slowing things down with the bass and introducing a little more groove into the songs.

“I’m a bass player, I like to lay down the foundation,” he said.

There are definitely groovier elements in Freakabout’s newest album, Babezooka. Kirby described this album as “lowkey but also very political,” with messages that are meaningful to herself and the other bandmates in each of the songs on the album.

The band represented the power and beauty of sending messages through their music with the cover art for the Babezooka album. The cover displays a woman with a flower coming out of her mouth rather than words. Kirby said this image spoke to her when she came across the piece of art in Oklahoma City, and thought it was a perfect representation of how concrete messages can be and the beauty in the interpretation when listening to the album.

Kirby explained that to her, the main message of the album was that everyone has the ability to accomplish their dreams if they recognize their potential.

“You are the babezooka,” she said. “You have whatever you need to destroy whatever is in front of you.”