Breaking band: Dada Trash Collage

With the release of “Neighbors” this weekend, the local Animal Collective torch carriers are gaining momentum.

Jay Boller

Dada Trash Collage CD release party WHEN: Saturday, May 8, 9 p.m. WHERE: 7th Street Entry, 701 First Ave. N., Mpls. TICKETS: $7 Despite praise for his Adderall -enhanced stocking ability, Dada Trash CollageâÄôs Billy Freed has just turned in his two-weeks notice at Menards . Releasing his hotly-anticipated third LP and getting married in the next month, the future holds many changes for Freed. And like the amphetamine-fueled Liverpool-era Beatles before him, FreedâÄôs pep pills will likely come in handy as the experimentally noisy DTC is earning local buzz at a rapid pace. All of the local hype barometers are skewing in DTCâÄôs favor in the lead-up to release of their third LP, âÄúNeighbors.âÄù The Current is spinning standout track âÄúPaint on the WindowsâÄù and local alt-weeklies have boasted lauding write-ups. The groupâÄôs first two LPs went largely unrecognized, but with the release of EP âÄúRain WarâÄù last January, tastemakers zeroed in on DTCâÄôs densely innovative sound. Part of DTCâÄôs success in the Twin Cities is due to his soundâÄôs departure from the status quo. âÄúItâÄôs super different than a lot of other local stuff,âÄù said Justin Steen, member of local rockers Hunting Club , DTCâÄôs openers for the âÄúNeighborsâÄù LP release show. âÄú[Freed] represents what I wish a lot of people represented, which is something different âÄî not âÄòJunoâÄô soundtrack folk music.âÄù While DTCâÄôs vibe is a local novelty, one national comparison keeps rearing its head: Animal Collective. âÄúIt really doesnâÄôt bother me. TheyâÄôre my favorite band playing music these days. TheyâÄôve had a big influence on what I do,âÄù Freed said, adding his only concern is if listeners would accuse him of taste-baiting or straight-up mimicry. The Animal Collective ties arenâÄôt strictly sonic; Freed contacted prominent producer Scott Colburn âÄî a wing-and-a-prayer attempt, admittedly âÄî but one that worked. The man behind the board on ACâÄôs âÄúFeelsâÄù and âÄúStrawberry JamâÄù actually recorded âÄúRain WarâÄù and âÄúNeighborsâÄù in Seattle last fall. âÄúHe knows every indie band and their managers,âÄù Freed said of Colburn, who even offered his home as a crash-pad. âÄúYouâÄôre used to people like that being completely unattainable.âÄù ColburnâÄôs professional spit-polish is evident, as the songs on âÄúRain WarâÄù and âÄúNeighborsâÄù have unlikely depth. A wash of samples, loops and kitchen-sink instrumentation, songs that would be callow stabs at artiness by lesser musicians ring true with DTC. FreedâÄôs vocals are passable âÄî emotionally volatile, boyish and earnest âÄî but itâÄôs clear heâÄôs a music geek to the core, with the complex arrangements usurping the lot of his focus. âÄúItâÄôs an addiction, writing music. ItâÄôs all I ever want to do,âÄù he said. âÄúThe technicality of playing music doesnâÄôt interest me that much.âÄù ItâÄôd be fruitless to adorn DTC with the next scene-darling crown. Critics âÄî this one included âÄî are fickle beasts, after all. But to FreedâÄôs credit, heâÄôs giving DTC his all, even getting kicked out of McNally Smith College of Music for absenteeism. With the record release, a wedding and a national tour on the horizon, the Menards job he so excelled at will soon be history, too. âÄúThis band has consumed my life since it started,âÄù Freed said. âÄúSince IâÄôve moved here every second of every single day has been about this band.âÄù No, Freed isnâÄôt lost in rock star fantasy realm. âÄúBilly, from the beginning, as a musician, just wants to get the music in as many peoplesâÄô hands as possible,âÄù said Joel Cooper, DTCâÄôs manager and occasional member. âÄúHe just wants people to hear it.âÄù And for Freed, a middle school jock that discovered Phish and never looked back, his ambitions are steadfast: âÄúMy goal is to be able to make a living off it,âÄù he said. Stud producer? Check. Total devotion? Check. A markedly different, skillful sound? Triple check. Time will tell where a soon-to-be newlywed Freed takes DTC, but in the meantime heâÄôs giving the Twin Cities a break from the indie-pop-by-numbers doldrums.