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Freak Tension is one of the longest running zines in the Midwest. Originally based in Wisconsin and currently based in Minnesota, the first issue appeared in December of 1998. It is published sporadically and is currently up to issue 14.
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[[Image:FT 15 cover.jpg|thumb|Freak Tension #15]]
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Created by author [[MP Johnson]], Freak Tension's primary feature is music reviews. It has received positive write-ups in [[Maximum Rock 'N' Roll]] and [[Flipside]] for reviews that mock bands, contain elaborate metaphors or take tangents that are never returned from. These reviews appear side by side with random, comedic observations and true stories. Each issue features a piece of horror fiction. Some feature bizarre games.
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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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Freak Tension interview subjects have included bands as diverse as the Varukers, H2O, Shelter, the Groovie Ghoulies, John Doe and the Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E.
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==History==
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Freak Tension covers typically feature crude drawings of monsters and mutants by author MP Johnson. Some, including the current issue, feature art by Bill Hauser, whose work has also graced covers and T-shirts by Hirax, Ozzy Osbourne and more.
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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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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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==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.
==External Links==
==External Links==
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*[http://freaktension.wordpress.com/ Freak Tension Zine]
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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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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.

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