The current formula for creating bands seems to be to find a sound that is at once edgy and original but familiar enough to slot easily into everyone’s iTunes. How many times have you read about a new band that’s kind of like band A meets band B with a bit of C thrown in? There is something quite odd and insincere about a bunch of people trying to fit into the music industry, wherever they can, with the only certainty in the endeavour being that they want to be in a band. Frozy aren’t like that. The band started with two friends, music technology student Nicol Parkinson and librarian Irina Jasnowski, sharing their songs online, across the Atlantic. These songs were not written with any grand plan in mind, not even to release them, necessarily. In fact, they weren’t written with any plan at all; they were just songs about thoughts, experiences andÖ pigeons. This songwriting and sharing slowly grew until Nicol and Irina were joined by cellist Rhiannon and Moe on guitar. Thus, Frozy was born.
There is an honesty and integrity to their lyrics, from the ‘pop hits’ like ‘Seasalter’ to the more introspective numbers like ‘Candy Coated’. Frozy are defined by their DIY attitude. With the current state of flux in the music industry, labels don’t put as much effort into moulding the creative process of a band as they once did. This may or may not be a good thing in general, but it’s definitely a good thing for Frozy. They follow the anti-folk mantra of ‘do the best that you can with what you’ve got’, and they are a fine example of what can be achieved in a bedroom with some friends and instruments. With band members spread across the USA, Lichtenstein and London, fixing a rehearsal is no minor task, so their live performances don’t offer clean-cut renditions or tight timing. This provides an exciting onstage chemistry as they walk the fine line between impromptu brilliance and shambolic dysfunction. It’s a characteristic also evident in the way they tour, for example accross Europe in a broken van, sofa surfing and playing shows wherever they could get them. Nowadays they are essentially a London-based band, playing there or thereabouts, despite the fact that only one member (and none of the instruments or recording equipment) is located there. What do they sound like? Well I guess they’re a bit like Beat Happening mixed with Kimya Dawson and a bit of the Velvet Underground thrown in. As for the name – some say it’s a response to cold weather, others claim it refers to a narcoleptic Afro. Whatever the truth, hopefully you’ll hear it a lot more in the future. Aaron Holliday