January 21, 2020
The Frogs Announce Unreleased New LP “1st” Out April 5th via End Of All Music | Share New Track “Hellsville Baby” Via BrooklynVegan | Starts US Tour Next Month With Evan Dando of The Lemonheads Joining On Drums, Guitars, and Vocals
LISTEN & SHARE: The Frogs – “Hellsville Baby”
PRE-ORDER: The Frogs – 1st
“One of the greatest rock groups to come out of the 20th century”
Today, Jimmy Flemion of The Frogs share, “Hellsville Baby” the first track off of their upcoming album “1st” out April 5th via End of All Music. The single was premiered and the album was announced exclusively with BrooklynVegan.
More than a vast departure from The Frogs previous works, it’s an arrival at the beginning. It’s the “1st” original debut album. Recorded within the realms of time stamped January 1986, presents 12 songs & 8 unreleased bonus tracks. Understanding correctly, “1st” aka “Pat’s Session” was intended to be the initial release by brothers Dennis & Jimmy Flemion prior to “The Frogs” 1988 self-titled debut. Minneapolis based Twin/Tone Records (Soul Asylum, The Replacements label at the time) approached The Frogs & expressed fawning interest, extending an invitation to record the band after their 1985, 7th Street Entry live performance (First Avenue’s sister club).
It was at this point, the famous fork in the road, where The Frogs opted to record closer to home, thus the path deviated a few weeks later to Nexus Recording Studio in Waukesha, Wisconsin. 12 rapid fire songs emerged & were captured on reel to reel, one night, recorded live, first take, no overdubs. Upon playback review, the late Dennis Flemion (d.7/7/2012), opted not to release due to the overabundance of reverb. Throughout the years the discussion would persist from other sources on pursuing to fix the reverb on “1st”. Thirty-two years later, in 2018 Jimmy would take the recordings to a Portland, Oregon recording studio to remaster. The studio engineer successfully cleaned-up & removed the excess reverb. As a result, David Swider from End of All Music Records, expressed further interest in a follow up to the 2019, 30th Anniversary reissue “It’s Only Right And Natural”.
The vibrant album is just as relevant today, as it was 34 years ago. Rocking, straight ahead electric guitar, drums & bass coming right at you, tight in control & at times out of control. The music is melodic, raw, beckoning, smothered in darkness, occasionally flickering lights liven up the festivities. Goth, maybe pop, perhaps punk, reimagining journeys & paths gone awry. You will find yourself one way or another, in a maze of mystery & in the midst of swampy waters, kings, businessmen, Christians, volcano gods, gurus & dungeons. Life & death, hope & darkness, the songs that took their form between the span of 1982-85, give a glimpse into the psyche of the then 20 something brothers. It’s the duality The Frogs take to heart lyrically & musically that always keep you wondering & guessing, seeing it from all sides with colorful eyes.
Founding member Jimmy Flemion is gearing up to go on their upcoming winter U.S. tour next month. Performing their prolific discography, the tour will include sounds spanning decades of iconic songs that have set the tone for rock today. The tour will include seven dates across the west coast including one in Canada. The band announced that Evan Dando of The Lemonheads will join Jimmy Flemion on drums, guitars, and vocals for the entire tour. This will be the first tour since the passing of the late Dennis Flemion. Dates are listed below.
02.14 – Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC
02.15 – Substation – Seattle, WA
02.16 – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR
02.18 – Chapel – San Francisco, CA
02.19 – Roxy – Los Angeles, CA
02.21 – Soda Bar – San Diego, CA
02.22 – Bunkhouse – Las Vegas, NV