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Frodus Explodes Once Again


Frodus and fans | Image by Josh Sisk

Not having grown up around these parts, it might be easy to look at a local favorite like

—safe to say the core of Frodus affection is in the mid-Atlantic, no?—and wonder what exactly the big deal is. People love to soak in nostalgia, but why should us newcomers care? Well, a pretty easy shortcut is a Frodus live show. That did it for me. Frodus was the last show I saw at this year's South by Southwest, hanging on to a few last drops of energy to hear this band that I don't think made it much past mixtapes for me in Colorado in the '90s. And by the time the band, reformed with Dillinger Escape Plan's Liam Wilson, hit its transcendent, cathartic cover of Devo's "Explosions," all still wasn't right with the world, but damned if it wasn't coursing with electricity.

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And, it happened again last Friday. When Frodus hit "Explosions" it was like the jostling, pulsing crowd rose a foot off the floor, bobbing like Styrofoam cups in turgid water. Hardcore's brute force, a combination of angry energy and unscathed earnestness, just does this, but Frodus is way more than a hardcore band. Not past it, not pandering to indies, but painting the same oppositional picture with more colors—like, say, the slow bass throb and cutting guitar lashes of "The Earth Isn't Humming."

The set was short and to-the-point-excepting "The Earth isn't Humming," there weren't any slower numbers, though the band's last album

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has a few. And the vibe was familiarity-another of Frodus' selling points is that they are the nicest dudes-with audience members, a lot of whom looked to have moved on past hardcore and punk in Frodus' 10 year absence, or at least gotten square jobs, shouting out ribs and in-jokes about baldness and the goofy, never-heard-live song "Sasquatch." There were no encores, with Frodus blaming old tourmate the Refused for teaching the policy. No matter, we've got the

of more Frodus to come.

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