Thanks to the Franco-American friendship, the Californian quartet Froth is releasing their new album this month in Europe via Azbin and Frantic City and later in US via Burger.
In 2013, they seduced us with their 1st LP, the psychedelic but not boring „Pattern“ and our first feeling is confirmed with their new LP, „Bleak“ which fits perfectly with the current winter mood.
So yes, Froth is filled with melancholy drowned in an electric, elaborated and sweet psychedelism. And even if we assume that these young americans were raised under the sun and with all the Californian clichés (surf, skate, sea…), the darkness is nevertheless floating around.
Do you know what I’m talking about? This inherent spleen which catches your guts and doesn’t want to leave… Well, this sensation lives through their compositions to be transformed gradually in something fierce and blazing…
The record starts with Afternoon, a song from which we emerge a bit sad and confounded. But this feeling is swept away thereafter. Postcard Radio, On My Chest, Turn It Off, Sky, Bleak... all these are thrown as a catharsis imposing its true will and urgency. The band enjoys developing its melodies, in some extreme and endearing distortions.
Keyed up, we also take pleasure in their softer and more intimate moments as Nothing Baby but also with the great acoustic final Sleep Alone, which will let us definitely charmed…
To talk simpler, it sounds rock, psychedelic, surf… It surely will evoke to yourself some Brian Jonestown Massacre and some 90’s indie English bands mixed with a Burger Records sauce. But beyond that, it’s really good.
The band is currently on European tour so probably around your place, then go see them! All infos here. And as a last argument, these guys are playing with an Omnichord...
Cameron, Jeff, Jeremy et Joo-Joo kindly answered some of our questions :
" We're in Berlin we just woke up and are enjoying free wifi... "
x What is your definition of rock and roll or music ?
Rock n roll is pretty much music that sounds somewhat like the Velvet Underground haha.
x A picture ?
William Egglestons pictures always made me want to get out of the town I grew up in. I remember looking at his pictures in high school and thinking about how nothing there compared to anything in any of his pictures. (Joojoo)
x Worst nightmare ?
After being in Europe the biggest fear we have is touring America.
x The place you enjoy the most ?
Probably my bedroom. I love traveling but when I'm home I'm in bed basically all day. (Joojoo)
x 3 albums :
- The Velvet Underground - White Light White Heat
- The Strokes - Room on fire
- Stereolab - Transient random-noise bursts with announcements
x A quote :
" I don't think that people accept the fact that life doesn't make sense. I think it makes people terribly uncomfortable. " - David Lynch
x Discography :
- Gas money cd/zine self released (August 2012) - Demo/live at 5 cass Under The Gun Records (dec 2012)
- Patterns - K7 (Burger Records July 2013) – LP CD, K7 (Lolipop Records Jan 2014)
- Saccharine Sunshine b/w Distant Ties 7"- (Mock Records Aug 2014)
- Bleak LP (Azbin Records - Frantic City Records : Europe feb 2015) - LP CD, K7 (Burger Records May 2015)
B. - FGC.