Announce May and June UK live dates
Forthcoming album OUTSIDE (briefly) set for release on
February 24th 2017 on Wichita Recordings
“for the most part, this is an adventurous work that finds new areas to explore in shoegaze’s well trodden territory.” 4/5 – The Guardian
“Taking a shoegaze aesthetic to a sparkling frontier, the world Froth’s music embodies is one that shines brightly” – The Line Of Best Fit
Los Angeles’ Froth have announced a return to the UK in May and June. The dates include appearances at The Great Escape, and London’s The Lexington on 9th June, and will follow an extensive US tour with Temples, Night Beats and Deap Vally, plus SXSW shows, which starts next week. UK dates are below:
Friday 18th May – Sunday 20th May – The Great Escape, Brighton (Tickets)
Sunday 4th June – Now Wave Session, The Ritz, Manchester (Tickets)
Monday 5th June – The Hug and Pint, Glasgow (Tickets)
Tuesday 6th June – The Louisiana, Bristol (Tickets)
Wednesday 7th June – The Hare and the Hounds, Birmingham (Tickets)
Thursday 8th June – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds (Tickets)
Friday 9th June – The Lexington, London (Tickets)
The band has also shared the video for new single, “Sensitive Girl”, taken from their forthcoming new album Outside (briefly). Shot on the road via Super 8, the video features footage from South Africa and their recent London headline show.
Bassist Jeremy says of it, “We borrowed a friends camera and bought four rolls of day light film, and then remembered that 90% of days on tour are spent in the van which can be boring for a film. So we tried to have as much fun as we could for the 20 minutes in between getting out of the van and loading in and that’s where most of the footage comes from.”
Singer/guitarist Joojoo adds, “I like the video a lot because we don’t really make music that you would think ‘oh these guys are silly and have a sense of humor’ but we’re pretty average silly guys and you can kind of see that in the video. Especially with Cameron.”
The Thomas Dolas-produced Outside (briefly) is the sound of a band that’s truly found its voice, and in many ways feels like Froth’s proper debut. Across the ten songs, the band dialed back the noise and psych-pop found on their previous LPs to reveal delicately beautiful melodies, intricately arranged instrumentals, and some of their most experimental songwriting to date.
This evolution revealed new dynamics of Froth’s sound, resulting in a moodier and more atmospheric bend to their shoegazing melodicism and pop sensibilities, mixing the driving, tuneful drone of first single “Contact” alongside the epic squall of the intertwining guitars on “Passing Thing” and the more spare, meditative landscape of “Show A Flower A Candle And It Grows” (featuring lead vocals from drummer Cameron Allen).
Whereas previously they operated mainly as a guitar-driven band, here finds songs augmented by highlights of cello and synths (courtesy of Dolas), as well as drum machines, Rhodes, and other keys. Lyrically, Ashworth found the works of authors Richard Brautigan (the album title comes from a chapter in one of his books) and Haruki Murakami as a fitting inspiration for the dark beauty of Outside (briefly)’s music. The result is their most varied yet cohesive work to date: a refined studio effort that no longer feels like a documentation of a live band of a collection of songs, but rather a complete, full-bodied album.
Formed in Los Angeles in 2013, Froth first garnered attention with their debut LP, Patterns. Originally intended as a small-run cassette release, the album quickly became an underground sensation in the Southern California music scene, catapulting the band to local fame and prompting a vinyl re-release in 2014. The following year saw the arrival of Bleak, a more dynamic, adventurous effort that matched lush shoegaze soundscapes with driving krautrock beats, and earned the band press attention from outlets including NPR Music, Noisey, Vogue.com, and Stereogum, among others. Froth toured extensively across the U.S. and Europe in support of the album, opening for acts such as The Drums, Tamaryn, Pond and Craft Spells.
FROTH is: JooJoo Ashworth (guitar/vocals), Cameron Allen (drums), Jeremy Katz (bass), and Nick Ventura (guitar).
Outside (briefly) tracklisting: