Los Angeles’ noise-rock trio Froth returns with their most fully realised work to date,Duressdue out June 7 on Wichita Recordings. The new collection was announced with a video for album opener “Laurel” created by Courtney Garvin of The Courtneys.
A twisted love song underlined with blown out guitars, the band tapped fellow reverb rockers A Place To Bury Strangers and English electronic composer Luke Abbott to put their unique touch on the single. “Laurel” (A Place To Bury Strangers Remix) was unleashed with Self-Titled Magazine today and is available alongside the “Laurel” (Luke Abbott Remix):
Describing how the A Place to Bury Strangers remix came to be, guitarist and bassist Jeremy Katz says, “Oliver was one of the first people I thought of. I toured with A Place to Bury Strangers last year as a crew member and loved the stripped down 4 track style songs they would play in the middle of their set and thought it would be a cool style to do a remix with. He’s also the king of making insane noises and I knew he would do something really unique.”
Vocalist and guitarist Joo-Joo Ashworth says of Luke Abbott’s reworking: “I was really surprised when I heard the remix. I feel like he was able to pull so much more cool stuff from the song than I thought was possible; it being just a bass, drums, guitar song. One of the coolest things about it was also just being introduced to his whole back catalog that I now bump all the time.”
Froth has never been a band content with the status quo. After three records, scoring theSaint Laurent Men’s Fall 2014 line fashion show (with frontman Joo Joo walking in the show), and forays into shoegaze, psychedelia and post-punk, the band of Joo-Joo Ashworth, Jeremy Katz and Cameron Allen have stepped outside the shadow of their influences and into something wholly their own.
Co-produced with longtime friend and collaborator Tomas Dolas (Oh Sees/Mr. Elevator), the record is unapologetically experimental yet undeniably accessible. It’s an impressive and self-assured statement from a group only just entering their prime.
With Duress, Froth has finally been able to realise their vision without compromise. Mirroring their open-minded studio approach, Froth’s live show is equally enthralling in its incorporation of analog synthesizers, overdubs and drum machines. The band will demolish stages across the U.S this spring performing with Black Marble, Versing, A Place To Bury Strangers DJs and more.
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