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The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
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No Age - Everything in Between
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Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Fat Possum

March 18, 1998
Sometime last year, while waiting for someone to pick me up or otherwise generally wasting time, I began leafing through an issue of Muddle magazine. As I became more and more disinterested in the content, my fingers began scrolling the pages faster and faster, turning one after the other. After a few seconds of scanning, a flexible square of black plastic fell from the magazine's pages and landed on the floor. Although I've since learned that the foreign object in question is known as a "flexi," at the time I had seen nothing like it. That it was a phonographic record was clear - the circular shape of a 7-inch single, grooves and all, was stamped into the center of the sheet. Intrigued, I laid the paper-thin piece of synthetics on the turntable, hit the START button, and waited.

Exactly whom it was that I was waiting on to pick me up, I cannot recall. Nor do I remember where I was going. It doesn't really that much at this point, as I never made it out the door. As soon as the first song - "The Misaligned Men of Flomaton" - came ringing out of the speakers, I was a goner. The band responsible for the captivating, horrific noise the stereo spewed forth was Frodus, a Washington D.C.-based gang of musical thugs. With the flexi providing enough information to go on, I launched an investigation into the band, eventually tracking down frontman Shelby Cinca for an interview, via email. What follows is a transcript of that communiqué.


The Muddle Magazine flexi single.

LAS: Just off the top I kind of wanted to address the Tooth & Nail-slash-Frodus thing. I know you were sketchy about signing with them because of the fact they've traditionally been a Christian music label, and I must say that I was a bit surprised that you eventually did. But things have seemed to work out pleasingly for all parties thus far. What was it about Tooth & Nail that outshined your reservations about the religious rock stuff?

Cinca: I had heard all kinds of rumors that we not true. We did a split, with Roadside Monument, with Tooth & Nail to see if we liked them. Everyone that works there is really nice and on the ball. They really push their bands and I have no complaints.

In reference to the new album, your website alludes to some "special surprises" in store. Care to elaborate at all? Of course within the bounds of the Conglomerate's code of conduct...

The FCI will not let me disclose any information on new sound experiments. I am at liberty to state that I am corresponding from the sound laboratory right now. We are five days deep, with 25 to go. We are not permitted to know our current location. It is a lonely place.

Frodus has been around for quite a while now, but there never seems to be a dull moment along the way. What kinds of things inspire you to maintain a creative flow, and to not get tired and settle into the same old routine?

We are not inspired. We are told what to play and how to act from the Conglomerate. I have heard Led Zeppelin and Guns'n Roses playing in the elevator at the offices.

How was the trip to Japan for you? How would you relate it to the United States or Europe?

Japan was a great investment. The people were very compliant. The band we toured with, Atomic Fireball, were great. They sound like Unsane meets Helmet. Far superior to any Anglo territory.

I think it would be safe to say that the Frodus voyage has been an eventful one. You never had a chance to play at your first official Frodus show due to a fire alarm that went off before you set up. The Frodbus died while you were on tour out in California. You've been to Japan and Europe. Out of all the files in the Frodus folder, which ones stand out the most?

There are so many files and so many, many incidents, it is hard to recollect just one. One of the more memorable moments was when I was almost destroyed by Bandidos Rick, leader of the Bandidos bike gang of the Northwest. There was a picture of us with him on our old website [artmonk.com/frodus]. It was November and we were playing Jay's Upstairs in Missoula, Montana. The other guys were upstairs and I was down stairs. There were some biker guys playing pool and I needed to know how far we were from Seattle. I walked up to them and asked how far it was to Seattle. They started talking to me, and then a different biker guy started yelling from the bar. He walked up and started threatening to beat the hell out of me. That was the scariest moment of my life. This is really long story and I must make it short due to my required assistance in a sound experiment. Over the next hour and a half we talked about what it was like to be the leader of a biker gang and what he does to keep peace in the Northwest between gangs. We talked about why he went to jail and why he would kill someone. He was the scariest person I have ever met.

I am wondering when Frodus began officially working with the Conglomerate? Have you been under their instruction since the beginning, or were you recruited at some point?

We were told 6 years ago to follow some instructions, or else. We followed, as should the listening public.

I'm thinking that the dawn of a new century must be an exciting time for the Conglomerate. With the looming possibility of mass computer-failure-induced chaos, there must be a plethora of opportunities for subversive mind control...


What are the plans of Frodus for the famed night of December 31st, 1999?

We plan to fist fight people by the masses.

SEE ALSO: www.frodus.com
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Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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