It would seem that after having a two year hiatus from recording and touring has allowed Froth the time and space to become accomplished musicians with enough clout to bring a pinch of L.A. sun to the dreich, gloomy confines of the basement of Nice N’ Sleazy tonight.
Having garnered much attention back in 2013 playing in the local dive bars in Southern California and releasing two acclaimed albums, Froth have went away and tinkered with their original formula to produce some beautiful, delicate yet fully subversive melody’s.
The trio are currently touring off the back of their latest release ‘Duress’ out now on Witchita Records and is the perfect slice of summer dystopia to lift the mood.
Opening track ‘Laurel’ is the perfect admission of the bands jubilant and not so serious take on writing songs – the song is about a viral video were listeners could hear either Yannel/Laurel which quickly polarised the internet’s opinion and is an ideal parody for assuming that most people only want to hear one thing over another, and admittedly a great way to set the mood and open the show.
Frontman Joo-Joo Ashworth (think Joseph Gordon Levitt but make him fashion) is the physical embodiment of the dreamy, whimsical soundscapes that the band produce, with a shy smile and plenty of ‘Thank You’s’ in-between songs it’s hard not to like them, they could be your local fanzine boys or podcasters, if the Atlantic wasn’t in our way.
The band march through a very quick set tonight, playing mostly new material from ‘Duress’ (named oddly enough after actor Bobby Duress) to the packed out crowds delight.
Stand out tracks included; ‘Lost My Mind’ a perfect slice of lo-fi, garage scuzz reminiscent of Beth Coast, ‘Department Head’ an ode to the struggle of working life sounding more akin to Protomartyr and ‘Not Myself’ which is a peppy, multi-layered effort that allowed the band to utilise the impressive array of pedals and overdubs that they had brought with them.
Closing the set with ‘Contact’ (a song that begs the question, Do aliens exist?) see’s the mosh pit gathered at the front of the stage bounce along to the energetic tempo and fully showcases how far the band have come. It’s tight, together and a fabulous slice of Slowdive-esque shoegaze. Not bad for a band that started out as a hoax.