Old Music Tuesdays: Frodus
Tax day is tomorrow, so I decided to share some music from a political band located in Washington, D.C. It seemed fitting.
Frodus was (is?) a spazzcore/post hardcore band formed in the early 90s. I’m not really sure if they’re still together, broken up, or on hiatus. As of 2001, they had broken up, but they kept releasing music until as recently as 2010. After the break-up/hiatus, the members (plus Jonathan Ford from Roadside Monument) went on to form the band Decahedron, whom I got to see live in New York City in 2004. (Unfortunately, I have never had a chance to see Frodus perform live.)
Both Frodus and Decahedron are very political bands. Frodus’ often goes by the tongue-in-cheek name “Frodus Conglomerate International.” The band was very anti-corporate/anti-high finance. Decahedron formed shortly after 9/11 and was very anti-Bush/anti-war. They helped shape a lot of my own views on politics, corporations, war, and government.
I’m pretty much a fan of all of Frodus’ music, but in 2001, they released their magnum opus. And We Washed Our Weapons in the Sea is probably the most criminally underrated album I’ve ever heard. (It’s a bit of a departure from their previous work, as it’s more melodic.) If you’re into post-punk or post-hardcore, you need to do yourself a favor and check it out. The entire album is on Youtube, but please buy the record and support the artists.
You may be familiar with the Thrice cover of The Earth Isn’t Humming. It’s a very good cover song, but it pales in comparison to the original.
In 2012, I used a Frodus song as the basis for a video I made. The song is called December 21, 2012. It’s an instrumental B-side to the band’s Explosions 7 inch record. Please enjoy it, and let me know what you think.
It’s not the best, but I wanted to practice editing and I wanted to get it up in time for the date in the title. I think it starts out pretty good, but my fatigue during the last minute or so is pretty apparent. It’s supposed to be a story about the end of the world and then a new beginning. In the end, it’s supposed to be hopeful. Did that come off? Let me know in the comments.
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I hear these times are the end.
And another one must fall down.
I don’t think I believe it.
When another one must fall down.
Give us the distance.
And another one will fall down.
The sun in the open sky.
Stare back into my own eyes.
A stranger in my own skin.
One decade later.
And another one must fall down.
The earth isn’t humming.
I watched them all fall down.
Fell into the sound in front of me.
Unchanged by those around.
An open sea.
We’ll watch as time tumbles down.
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