Artist info

Genre

Indie, Pop


Sounds like

Grizzly Bear, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Florence and the Machine, Kate Miller-Heidke, Lorde, Tame Impala


band members

Eilish Gilligan - vocals/keys, Lewis Coleman - guitar/vocals, Darvid Thor - guitar/vocals, Henry Jenkins - bass, Hudson Whitlock - drums, Greer Clemens - backing vocals


Website

fffrida.com

Bio

You didn’t really feel like going out tonight. It’s a Wednesday, not a drink special in sight, you have work in the morning, and your housemate has been stealing limes from your side of the fruit basket again.

But your best friend drags you out of the house to her cousin’s going away – you owe me, she growls as you both have war flashbacks to last week when she held back your pig-tails so you could vom on your neighbour’s front lawn – and you concede, wandering into a dive bar on Brunswick St, expectations low.

The spectacle that greets you in that cheap little bar is nothing short of ethereal.

Six figures are swaying on the stage before you, two with their heads wreathed in flowers. Soaring and wild, the eccentric group dart between genres with inexplicable ease – pop, soul, and the facets of jazz sit chummily alongside one another when delivered by these musicians. The singer braces herself against the keyboard, as each member moves dramatically with the music in waves, allowing the melody to reflect itself in their limbs.

“That’s Frida,” your friend breathes.

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As emotive, wild and framed by flowers as their legendary Mexican namesake, Frida is the very definition of dreamy. Buoyed by haunting harmonies, pop prowess and a percolating rhythm section, Frida’s melodic assault has captivated music lovers and makers alike.

Formed in 2013 by Melbourne based singer-songwriter Eilish Gilligan, and key members of the instrumental soul band The Cactus Channel (Darvid Thor, Henry Jenkins, Lewis Coleman and Hudson Whitlock), Frida’s spell has cast itself as far as Singapore’s annual Baybeats Festival, to Lorne’s Falls Festival, leaving hundreds in thrall to their melodic swell.

So far, 2016 has been a big year for Frida. In between writing, recording, and returning to Singapore to play a string of festival shows, they also released their second single Limbo, garnering play and praise from Spotify, Triple J and Double J alike.

Everything (Is You) will be available on Bandcamp, Spotify, iTunes and Apple Music from October 7th 2016, with the EP I Want In Your Head out November 25th.

Review

Review by Dom Alessio Dom Alessio

21 Oct 2016

Triple J
40

This is luxurious like a decadent party in an LA mansion.

This is luxurious like a decadent party in an LA mansion.

Review

Review by Bridget Hustwaite Bridget Hustwaite

20 Oct 2016

Triple J
40

What a melter.

What a melter.

Review

Review by Dave Ruby Howe Dave Ruby Howe

10 Oct 2016

Triple J
40

This is packing soul and drama in equal amounts, like it's the soundtrack to a dream you haven't had yet.

This is packing soul and drama in equal amounts, like it's the soundtrack to a dream you haven't had yet.