You know that feeling you get when the music takes control and you get completely submerged in the sound? Your heart begins to beat with the rhythm of the drum and every hair on your body stands on end. You look around and see all your fellow Tropiholics and feel nothing but love from those around you.
That’s exactly what it was like standing in the crowd at Freakdrop.
As many of you know, Tropidelic is one of my favorite bands. Originating in Cleveland, OH their growth and tireless dedication brought them full circle back to their roots.
New Years Eve was a day of uplifting vibes, synergy, and endless memories. Tropidelic was hosting their annual New Year Eve party, Freakdrop. This time being better than the last, it was a sold out show totaling in 1,300 tickets.
Freakdrop took place at House of Blues in Cleveland. With opening acts from Toby, Joey Harkum, The Palmer Squares, and Bumpin Uglies, the family was reunited one last time to rock in the new year.
“It’s hard to be your best when you can see your breath,” Tropidelic collaborated with The Platform Beer Company releasing their very own Winter Ale, Snow Country.
The day began with the Can Release Party at the brewery followed up by the VIP Pre-Party.
Many fans who have tried this seasonal inspired ale, had positive things to say about it.
Diedre Kearney from Cleveland stated “I loved it! I plan on buying more. I’m excited to use the $5 gift certificate to the brewery that I got from the VIP experience at the show.”
Tim Caraway, from Michigan stated “I thought it was great. I’m going to buy some my next visit to Cleveland.”
This is only two of the great reviews from fans.
This Winter Ale is going to be a big hit amongst us Tropiholics.
By 7:00 PM, it was show time. The show started off when Toby hit the stage. If you haven’t seen him live, I will tell you now, it is a must. The first time I had seen Toby was during Freakstomp of last year. He is one of a kind and knows how to win over a crowd with his unique personality.
Shortly after Toby’s performance, Joey Harkum had taken the stage. Joey’s voice left the crowd in awe. I have been a Joey Harkum fan for a few months now, and had the opportunity to meet him at a previous show and he is absolutely incredible.
The Palmer Squares were up next. Featuring in Tropidelic’s new single, “Pressure” from Flyover Renaissance, there was no doubt that we became fans. I will say that their performance was absolutely incredible and had the crowd dancing along.
As the night went by, the crowd continuously danced along to the rhythm that flowed through our souls while singing the lyrics loudly of the songs we most memorized.
When Bumpin Uglies and Tropidelic comes together, two families become one. From Tropiholics to Uglies Nation, we become Bumpidelic’s. Having these two bands on a lineup creates the memories we hold dearly.
It was time for the final show. The high energy, lyrically driven, guys we’ve all been waiting for. Tropidelic. The guys opened to “In The Air” by Phil Collins, creating an abundance of euphoric energy that filled The House of Blues.
From the spontaneous crowd surfing, the after show interactions with the band, and the bond we all share, makes everything about a Tropidelic show much more memorable.
Bringing in the New Year of 2020 will be a New Years I will never forget. As 12:00 approached. The countdown began. Counting down to the very last moments, of which a New Year began, the ball had dropped and we screamed and cheered.
The night was young and the VIP after party followed shortly after the guys had finished. In the VIP room, many musicians had gathered to put on performances.
We ended the night with many laughs, friends, and many memories.
I had the opportunity to speak with my good friend, Matthew Roads from Tropidelic, and ask him some questions.
How do you feel knowing that Freakdrop was a huge success?
Matthew Roads, Tropidelic
It feels good when hard work pays off and when you achieve a goal like that. There was a time where we dreamed of selling out the House of Blues.
How did you feel when you came on stage and see us Tropiholics before you?
Matthew Roads, Tropidelic
It’s a pretty amazing feeling. I remember years ago being very anxious before performing for big crowds there. That wasn’t the case on NYE. I felt like I was performing for friends and family. It was super comfortable and natural.
You guys are on the road quite a bit. What would you say your favorite food would be?
Road food? Most of the time you’re at the mercy of wherever the bus stops. Usually during drive hours its a lot of gas station cheese and protein bars. I try to get something healthier at night when we get around the venue, usually a salad.Matthew Roads, Tropidelic
What’s one song that makes you think of your childhood?
Anything off Tom Petty – Full Moon FeverMatthew Roads, Tropidelic
What are the bands goals for 2020?
To keep busting our ass and taking no prisoners.Matthew Roads, Tropidelic
As a musician, who is your greatest inspiration?
I can’t pinpoint one, there are many.Matthew Roads, Tropidelic
How would you describe us Tropiholics?!
A family. The relationships we’ve formed with people have been amazing but to me, its even more awesome to see the relationships these same people have formed with each other. I love when people say “thank you so much for introducing us” or “we met at a show and now we’re friends”.Matthew Roads, Tropidelic
If you could perform anywhere in the world, where would that be?
I feel like the textbook answer is Red Rocks and it would definitely be dope to perform there. I don’t know though. It’s not something I think about regularly. I’m just focused on doing my best for whats next in the immediate future.Matthew Roads, Tropidelic
What’s one word that comes to mind when you think of your hometown?
FamilyMatthew Roads, Tropidelic
Do you have any advice for anyone pursuing a music career?
Make a 10 year plan. Be ready for a lot of rejection. Learn to persevere and fight. Don’t expect anything from anybody.Matthew Roads, Tropidelic
Who would you love to go on tour with and why?
We’ve been fortunate enough to check off a lot of ’em but I think it’d be great to tour with Dirty Heads and the show would flow well. We also really enjoyed our time supporting 311.Matthew Roads, Tropidelic
For the past two years, these bands have created such an impact on my life, like no other. The positive vibes and love that flows your veins while standing in the crowd of the bands you love the most, is indescribable.
As the new year begins, I know that 2020 will bring many opportunities and memorable experiences for these musicians of which we call friends.
To check out Tropidelic’s upcoming events, go to Tropidelic.com, follow them on Facebook, and join the fan group on Facebook called Tropiholics.
This band will change your life. It changed mine.