Beautifully packaged re-issue of Frog's gorgeous self-titled debut mini-album on ragged and limited green cassette.
Hearing songs like "Rubbernecking" and "Nancy Kerrigan" via GoldFlakePaint back in 2013 is what got me really excited about Frog and their sound, so I'm really glad that more people now have the chance to hear these songs.
It's a different sound to "Kind of Blah" (heyitsfrog.bandcamp.com/album/kind-of-blah
) but everything that makes them Frog is there. This mini-album promised more to come, in the shape of their debut LP but Frog arrived fully formed and totally originally. It's beautiful, noisy, mumbly, shouty, tragic, frantic, funny, accidentally country and unavoidably NYC.
Originally issued January 2013 on Brooklyn's sadly defunct Monkfish label: CD VERSION STILL AVAILABLE - monkfishrecords.bandcamp.com/album/frog-monk-001
. Their catalogue is really excellent, check out "Let's Make Out" by CHUCK too.
"Excuse me, Miss..."
Praise for "Kind of Blah":
"Imagine the euphoric pop of Small Wonder getting caught in a time warp to the wild west with Modest Mouse’s ‘Satin in a Coffin’ and you just about scratch the surface." - DIY Mag
"A safer bet there’s never been – this record is essential." - GoldFlakePaint
"A bit of a masterpiece." - 7BitArcade
"Oh, god. Help me, words. Help me convey what a blessing Frog is." - Collapse Board
"I was taken aback by its apparent simplicity; a simplicity that at first masked a wealth of subtle nuances, wry homages, and nostalgic narratives that were enough to make listeners lament growing up anywhere other than suburban America." - The Line of Best Fit
"A record whose sheer flood of ideas couldn't be denied...Irreverent, strange and just a little addictive." - CLASH
"Utterly brilliant...they make you nostalgic for memories you never had and take you back to places you’ve never before been." - London In Stereo
"A solid reason for Frog to be your new favourite band - 8/10." - Shout4Music
"Perfectly melancholy..." - IMPOSE
"Makes me grin so hard I think my face may actually split into two separate parts." - The 405
"Making you pine for romances you’ve never had...Perhaps the one unifying factor of the record is the degree of humanity upheld by each track present, the emotions and the experiences almost all universal - 4/5." - ARTROCKER
"Anyone who doesn’t get that enjoyment from it really is past saving" - Louder Than War
"Have you spent any of your time listening to Frog? No? Then prepare yourself for something quite special, something you’ll rush to share with your friends, hoping to be the coolest kid on the block..." - Austin Town Hall
"Kind of Blah is America." - Wake the Deaf
"An LP you'll want to faun over and adore even when it confuses the hell out of you. The best artists never bare all on arrival and this is no different. Give it spin. And then another - until it makes sense - 8/10." - The Digital Fix
"It’s been a long, long time since a lo-fi recording has hit me as powerfully as frog’s 'Kind of Blah'...It’s tough to even begin speaking about this album because it subtly steals the words out of my mouth by taking my breath completely away." - Sly Vinyl
released October 2, 2015
"All songs written, recorded, directed, dissected, engineered, mixed, maimed, mauled, and murdered by Dan Bateman and Tom White, the mysterious and megalomaniac mongrels that make up frog. They were all recorded with an AKG 414, an SM57, a Shure Unisphere A 565a, and a Russian large diaphragm condenser that I cannot recall the name of."
Mastered by Paul Gold at Salt Mastering
Artwork by Corey Cavagnolo
Art adapted to cassette by Benjamin Shaw - www.benjaminshaw.net
Huge thanks to Brian Cooper / Monkfish Records - www.monkfishrecords.com