The Flannelmouth Sessions: Pink Frost
As Pink Frost takes position for their Sunday night show at Schubas, a number of audience members insert ear plugs before crowding around the stage. What at first may seem like an overdramatic gesture turns out to be a logical attempt to save ones hearing. The music is loud, only to be amplified by the intimacy of the venue. The vibrations of the instruments can literally be felt through the floors and tables.
However, even with an over powering volume, the sound is more than just noise pollution. Each note is crisp and each instrumental voice is distinctly heard. The sound is perfectly fused together to create an interesting take on the grunge rock sound that is Pink Frost.
Although there are no visual effects added to the bands performance, they still have an intriguing visual presence. Front and center, lead singer Adam intensely croons into microphone while pulling out riveting riffs. To his left is brother and bassist Dave, calm and collected, seems almost afraid to leave his corner as he only slightly tosses his head from side to side. To the far right is rhythm guitarist Paige, sporting glasses with the phrase “die fucker” across the lens while thrashing to the strong and steady beats laid down by drummer Jesse. If visual dynamic combined with the “Steve Austin ” speech recited during mic check by Paige was not enough of a suggestion to the vibrant personalities that form Pink Frost, twenty minutes in the green room before the show was definitely enough to showcase their character.
The jokes begin as soon as the band makes their way to the worn-out couch in the basement of Schubas. From left to right sits Jesse, Dave, Adam, and Paige. There is a strong chemistry and sense of understanding and comfort between the members. It is surprising to learn that this specific formation of the band has only been together since late summer. After much reinvention and reincarnation of previous bands and side projects, the group finally settled on a satisfying dynamic, both musically and as band mates. “There was a time when we would joke that the four of us thought we were in four different bands,” says Jesse.
Adam chimes in to add that although the different perspectives can add to the overall creativity of the band, it can also create tension. He describes the bands journey through the metaphor of a venn diagram, saying that each member is his own circle with his own ideas, but there is that point of greatness where they all intersect. Through time, tears and broken hearts, the band finally found their common ground.
The different musical perspectives are understandable as each member took a slightly different route to finding their way to Pink Frost.
Brothers Dave and Adam grew up in Chicago with a musically inclined father. Adam started Pink Frost as a side project with Paige and another musician. After the suicide of the third member of Pink Frost, Adam and Paige worked to fill the band’s void. After an unsuccessful string of punk bands and a trip to college, Dave eventually returned to Chicago to join the band with Adam and Paige.
Jesse began his musical journey as a child growing up in Madison. He claims to have started out banging things at a young age; first on his bed before graduating to pots and pans. He received his first drum set around age 7 from his grandfather who was a jazz drummer. After college and spending some time in California, Jesse migrated back to the Midwest, settling in Chicago because of its size and proximity to home.
Paige, or the “wildcard” as the band refers to him, is more than joyous to share his imaginative perception of how he became part of the band:
“It all started when Adam got really lonely. He had this frozen fetus in his freezer and popped it in the microwave and that is how I was birthed.”
Aside from being musicians, the band likes to refer to their other occupations as “the nightlife profession”. Outside of the band, Jesse works as a DJ and the other three are coworkers at Handlebar.
The band has had music placements in television programs such as Vampire Diaries and CSI: Miami as well as the trailer for a summer blockbuster entitled The Lookalike, and is currently working on a new record expected to be released in early months of the upcoming summer.
As for a more distant future plan, Paige speaks from his imagination once again, dreaming to start an indoor ski resort in Dubai. But on a more realistic note, the band agrees working to create a fulltime gig out of the bands success would be ideal.
Pink Frost’s Sundowning was released earlier this year. One of the album’s finest tracks now has a new music video.
Read our review of Sundowning here: http://fabricohmusic.com/reviews/pink_frost_sundowning/
Noisey premiers the “Ruins” video! Check it out here- http://noisey.vice.com/blog/pink-frost-ruins-video-premiere
Pink Frost - Sundowning (BLVD/Notes and Bolts)
“Pink Frost’s songs are all about context and the delicate balance between quiet and loud, melodic and noisy. Sundowning, while stunningly erratic at times, succeeds because of its methodical duality.”
Read the full review at: http://fabricohmusic.com/reviews/pink_frost_sundowning/
Pink Frost is featured in the current issue of MAGNET Magazine! Check out the article here or better yet, pick up a copy at finer bookshops everywhere.
New - Pink Frost - Ruins
Just came to the realization that we haven’t covered the latest from (Chicago) locals Pink Frost yet. We just caught this release show last weekend, so I suppose we should make sure any of you that haven’t caught up to these guys yet should be keyed in.
Pink Frost went by Apteka for many years and worked their way up through the local shoegaze hierarchy until it was hard to encounter a good shoegaze bill in the city that they weren’t a part of. They’ve since changed their name to Pink Frost and released what is by far their darkest record to date. But only in as much that there’s more snarl to their sound as ever, it’s still up-paced with a fury of big guitars backed by a hammering rhythm section.
Sorry to be so late on this one, but this is one of those Chicago bands you should be leaping off with. - MO
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