Oct. 24, 2012 - Issue #888: Winter Guide 2012
Halloween is full of creepy songwriting inspiration, and local three-piece the Frolics took it and ran with it on its latest EP. Band member Scott Fralick took the time to tell Vue all about it.
VW: Why did you want to do a Halloween EP?
SF: The Frolics had spooky songs that didn't fit the tone of our last album, Bombastic, so we thought, "Let's demo them and give them away at our gig." We reserved the last Saturday before Halloween with Craig at WunderBar in June. The first 50 people get the three song demo. The first song is "Hell House," naturally enough, followed by "Evil Twin" and then "Led Sled."
VW: What makes a good Halloween song?
SF: For the Frolics, a good Halloween song has to rise from the darker side of our sound. That means dirtier bass, distorted guitar and vocals that sound like a zombie choir.
VW: Where did you look for inspiration? What did the recording atmosphere add to the overall feel?
SF: These songs were written with our previous drummer, Jeff Emsley, who moved to England. "Hell House" was written for punk-home in Vancouver. "Evil Twin" rose from the dead during a jam at a really nasty, ugly jam space on the city's south side. "Led Sled" was a bass riff that made the undead dance. The recording was done in the back room of a local and notorious fast food joint in a dubious part of the north side. Randall Graves of Rebuild/Repair did the recording and mixing. He did an amazing job.
VW: Can we expect a Christmas EP next?
SF: We're already planning it. But we need inspiration and money to record. Anyone wanna gift studio time to the Frolics this Christmas?
Sat, Oct 27 (8 pm)
With Micelli, Rebuild/Repair
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