Andrew Freeman opines his ex-L.D.T. bandmates have great chemistry together on stage but can’t co-exist
Current Lynch Mob and Last In Line, and former Lies, Deceit & Treachery [L.D.T.] frontman Andrew Freeman was recently interviewed by Henrik Halvardsson for Metal Central to tell his side of the story after leaving L.D.T. a few days earlier. Freeman felt the need to respond to former L.D.T. bandmate / guitarist Mick Sweda’s assertion that the former quit Lies, Deceit & Treachery the day after the latter went up on stage to play one song with current BulletBoys frontman Marq Torien at the Ultimate Jam Night at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, California, USA on August 27, 2019.
In terms of the friction between his former bandmates Sweda, bassist Lonnie Vencent and drummer Jimmy D’Anda, Freeman advised (as translated from Swedish to English via Google and as per Halvardsson): “Some of the band [members], especially Mick, felt a lot of pressure on them to create new songs. The idea was to have Mick, Lonnie and Jimmy work out new material. The three have an incredible chemistry between them. I really mean it — an incredible chemistry. But only on stage. When they stop playing and have to deal with each other outside the stage, it creates a toxic atmosphere instead. It is a real disaster. They cannot coexist.”
In terms of what makes the atmosphere between Sweda, Vencent and D’Anda so poisonous, Freeman opined: “There is simply too much animosity between them, I think. Mick is a very passive aggressive person. I wouldn’t call him spineless. He just doesn’t like confrontation. But he likes to comment online and talk about you in interviews. When you meet him face to face, however, is it always “Hello buddy, how’s it going?” It is very false.”
You can read the interview (in Swedish) with Andrew Freeman at Metal Central’s website.