Freak Tension

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For nearly a decade, Freak Tension zine has popped up around the country, usually at shows or record shops in Wisconsin or Minnesota, where it is based. It focuses on music reviews and horror stories.
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[[Image:FT 15 cover.jpg|thumb|Freak Tension #15]]
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Instead of including boring reviews about how pop band A sounds exactly like pop punk band B, author MP Johnson prefers to write about how pop punk band B would sound if they were produced by a pack of banana-hungry monkeys, rather than the inept troll they decided to work with.  
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'''Freak Tension''' is a [[zine]] published annually in Minneapolis, Minnesota, by [[MP Johnson]]. It's focused on [[punk]], and features music reviews and band interviews. It also contains nonfiction [[perzine]] elements, as well as a small amount of horror or bizarro fiction in each issue. The emphasis is on humor.
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The horror stories tend to feature punks or weirdos doing battle with zombies, werewolves, killer eyeballs or other mutants.
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==History==
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Freak Tension only appears sporadically. It has no set schedule. However, you can find its mutant little brother pretty easily. It takes the form of a regular column at http://www.razorcake.org.
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Originally based in Wisconsin, Freak Tension was first published in December of 1998. The first four issues were published on newsprint with print runs of 1,000. Issues five through nine were photocopied, with smaller print runs. Freak Tension returned to the newsprint format for issues ten through twelve, again with print runs of 1,000. Beginning with issue thirteen, Freak Tension has been photocopied and distributed in limited quantities.
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=External Links=
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Freak Tension has covered a wide array of interview subjects, including the Varukers, H2O, Shelter, the Groovie Ghoulies, John Doe and the Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E. It has received positive reviews in [[Maximum Rock 'N' Roll]] and [[Flipside]].
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http://www.freaktension.com
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==Cover Art==
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Early Freak Tension covers featured art by MP Johnson, whose crude drawings of monsters and mutants were reminiscent of old show flyers. Current cover art is provided by Bill Hauser, whose work has also graced record covers and T-shirts by Hirax, In Defence, Ozzy Osbourne and more.
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==External Links==
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*[http://freaktension.wordpress.com/ Freak Tension]
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*[https://www.facebook.com/freaktension Freak Tension on Facebook]
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[[Category:Minnesota Zines]]
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[[Category:Zines from the U.S.A.]]
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[[Category:1990's publications]]
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[[Category:2000's publications]]
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[[Category:Punk]]
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[[Category:Perzine]]

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Freak Tension #15
Freak Tension #15

Freak Tension is a zine published annually in Minneapolis, Minnesota, by MP Johnson. It's focused on punk, and features music reviews and band interviews. It also contains nonfiction perzine elements, as well as a small amount of horror or bizarro fiction in each issue. The emphasis is on humor.

History

Originally based in Wisconsin, Freak Tension was first published in December of 1998. The first four issues were published on newsprint with print runs of 1,000. Issues five through nine were photocopied, with smaller print runs. Freak Tension returned to the newsprint format for issues ten through twelve, again with print runs of 1,000. Beginning with issue thirteen, Freak Tension has been photocopied and distributed in limited quantities.

Freak Tension has covered a wide array of interview subjects, including the Varukers, H2O, Shelter, the Groovie Ghoulies, John Doe and the Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E. It has received positive reviews in Maximum Rock 'N' Roll and Flipside.

Cover Art

Early Freak Tension covers featured art by MP Johnson, whose crude drawings of monsters and mutants were reminiscent of old show flyers. Current cover art is provided by Bill Hauser, whose work has also graced record covers and T-shirts by Hirax, In Defence, Ozzy Osbourne and more.

External Links

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