DEBUT LP BASIC BEHAVIOUR OUT NOW VIA ARTS & CRAFTS
“honed the sound to fit their songs of lust, jealousy, power and distraction – a controlled burn rather than an all-out scorch.” - NOW Magazine (Toronto musicians to watch in 2018)
"...an intensity that’s hard to shake" - New York Times
"...great interpreters of human unease" - Pitchfork
"FRIGS have a rare, impulsive energy that pushes every one of [their] songs to unexpected places, and a captivating frontwoman in Bria Salmena" - AV Club
"[Basic Behaviour is] a post-punk winner" - NME
PHOTO CREDIT : Chelsea Ivan // DOWNLOAD HIGH-RES
Fresh off the release of their buzzing debut album Basic Behaviour via Arts & Crafts, rising Toronto post-punks FRIGS today share the fragmented and kaleidoscopic new video for standout track “Talking Pictures”. Of the video, the band says "’Talking Pictures’ relies not on narrative, but on evoking a sense of disillusionment. We wanted a video that similarly eschewed narrative in order to portray this feeling through distorted perspective, overlapping subjects and a black-and-white pallet."
"The camera seems to be broken in a glitchy, 360 degree virtual space filled with multiple exposures of FRIGS, occasionally, and inadvertently disrupted by glitchy abstract shapes, in this dark, and moody portraiture,” explains director Christopher Mills. “For me this song is like what Mazzy Star would play before a street fight,” he continues. “The toughness of this music evokes images of Ponyboy Curtis, with all his friends running around the perimeter of town, looking for trouble. FRIGS were a big part of the editing process on this collaboration and I was honoured by the invitation to work with this music."
Basic Behaviour, FRIGS’ debut, self-produced full-length, was written and recorded over a 16-month period, split between two locations: the band’s home studio and Union Sound Company in the east end of Toronto. As much as the lyrical subject matter within the record reflects personal experiences of frontwoman Bria Salmena, the album is a product of years of self discovery as a unit. Recording at home allowed the band to take the time to explore their sound, experimenting with sonic textures and production, and meticulously re-working their material. These sessions proved to be invaluable in creating a sound unique to FRIGS. However, a degree of positive urgency was deemed necessary in order to finalize the process. Working with engineer Ian Gomes, FRIGS embraced the limitations of third-party studio time and completed the record with a sense of immediacy. The resulting contrast between these two approaches in recording creates an end product that is at once stark, chaotic, reflective, and manic, ultimately forming the core of Basic Behaviour’s identity.
FRIGS is made up of Bria, Duncan, Lucas, and Kris. The band pairs the raw, emotional grunge of PJ Harvey with the immersive, psychedelic post-punk of early Sonic Youth. With each member bringing a unique set of influences, FRIGS create a sound that is hard to pin down and an impression that’s unshakable. Led by the force of Bria’s vocals, the band has earned a reputation for putting on a hypnotic and visceral live performance. Embracing the mercurial and experimental, their shows are built upon instinct; a vocal growl can unexpectedly give way to a hushed whisper; languid drones boil over into guttural and searing tones.
ARTS & CRAFTS