Liam Frost

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Liam Frost
Musician Liam Frost performing at Manchester Sound Control on 20th January 2014. Image © Emma Farrer 2014 and used with her permission.
Background information
Birth name Liam Pickering
Origin Manchester
Genres Alternative Folk
Years active 2006–present
Labels Emperor Records
Lavolta Records
Lariato Recordings
Associated acts TOKOLOSH
Website Liam Frost

Liam Frost, real name Liam Thomas Pickering, is a musician from Manchester, England.[1] He recorded and played with his backing group, "The Slowdown Family" on his debut album Show Me How The Spectres Dance,[2] but now performs under the name Liam Frost. Frost has released music through his own imprint, Emperor Records but currently releases material via Lariato Recordings. Frost writes and records both solo material and also performs as part of the band TOKOLOSH.[3]

Beginnings[edit]

Frost made his live debut at 15 years of age playing gigs at the Akoustik Anarkhy nights at the Star & Garter in Manchester. After a few years singing in punk rock bands, he went solo in 2003 aged 20 and in 2006 played a residency in Manchester's Night and Day Cafe to coincide with the release of his first EP.[4]

Frost is described by Guy Garvey (of the band Elbow) as “the UK’s answer to Bright Eyes[5] His songs are heavily focused on the death, ten years apart, of his father and brother and the impact these events had on his life and the lives of those around him.[6] Frost signed a record deal with Lavolta Records, a subsidiary of Sony BMG, in 2005.

Musical career[edit]

With The Slowdown Family[edit]

Frost spent the early part of 2006 with The Slowdown Family in a London studio with Coldplay producer Danton Supple [7] recording his debut album Show Me How The Spectres Dance. The first four singles were released by Lavolta; the She Painted Pictures EP in February 2006, The Mourners of St Paul's in June and The City is at Standstill in August. She Painted Pictures was released as a chart-eligible single in February 2007.

With the band, Frost completed his first headline tour of the UK [8] and made appearances at many of the UK festivals throughout the summer. He also shared a stage with Elbow at their Somerset House gig [9] as well as The Decemberists, The Magic Numbers, Nine Black Alps, Willy Mason, Badly Drawn Boy and Ray Davies. Show Me How The Spectres Dance was released on 11 September 2006.[10]

The Mourners of St Paul's was voted the #1 single of 2006 by Channel 4's Planet Sound.

Solo Work[edit]

Following the disbanding of The Slowdown Family Frost discovered that Lavolta had become a part of Columbia Records, and his second album would be made for them. He travelled to New York to make the record with Victor Van Vugt [11] at Chelsea's Stratosphere Sound. Upon completion of the album, Frost was dropped by Columbia near the end of 2008. However, he managed to negotiate terms to leave the label with the master tapes of the album.

The album, We Ain't Got No Money, Honey, But We Got Rain was released in the UK on 28 September 2009 on Emperor Records,[12] Frost's own label. It was named after a poem of the same name by the poet, novelist, and short story writer Charles Bukowski.[13] It also contains several collaborations with singer-songwriter Ed Harcourt, including Your Hand In Mine; a duet with Martha Wainwright.[14]

On the 27th October 2014 Frost released his first EP for some years via Lariato Recordings entitled The Wild Places EP which contained five tracks; Who's Gonna Love You, The Wild Places, When I'm Alone, an acoustic version of Who's Gonna Love You and a cover of Sade's No Ordinary Love.[15]

With TOKOLOSH[edit]

In 2011 Frost formed a collaborative side project called TOKOLOSH with brothers Christian and Nicky Madden of The Earlies, The Whip's Nathan Sudders and drummer Richard Young.[16] Described by BBC 6 Music DJ Marc Riley as a supergroup [17] the band have played numerous shows including their debut gig at the historic John Rylands Library Reading Room in Manchester City Centre [18] and on 13 December 2013 they provided support for I Am Kloot at the Manchester Apollo.[19] In September 2014 they appeared at Festival No 6 playing an evening woodland gig [20] and earlier that year they also released their debut album Stay Strong on the Jack To Phono label.[21]

Radio Sessions[edit]

Frost has performed several live sessions for BBC network radio. On the 13th February 2006 he appeared on Liz Kershaw's Radio 2 show as she stood in for Janice Long and on the 28th August of the same year he appeared again on Radio 2; this time on the Mark Radcliffe show.[22] Further sessions took place on digital station BBC 6 Music. Frost performed two sessions for the Marc Riley Show on 2 March 2009 [23] and 17 February 2010 [24] and also a session for Lauren Laverne on 21 January 2010.[25]

On 13 January 2007 Frost appeared on the Radio 3 arts show The Verb where he performed songs and was interviewed about his lyricism by poet Ian McMillan.[26]

Other Work[edit]

Cape Farewell[edit]

Following the promotion of his first album, in 2007 Frost took part in a sailing expedition known as Cape Farewell, campaigning to raise awareness of climate change. The voyage aboard a schooner took nearly three weeks, crossing the North Atlantic and travelling to Greenland with a crew made up of scientists, writers, artists, musicians and comedians.[27] Despite suffering with sea sickness it was on this trip that Frost began writing material that would make up his second album [28] including the songs Shipwrecks [29] and Leading Lights and Luminaries [30]

References In Popular Culture[edit]

In 2011, a portrait of Frost was painted by British artist Joe Simpson (artist), the painting was exhibited around the UK including at Simpson's solo exhibition at The Royal Albert Hall.[31]

Discography[edit]

Liam Frost[edit]

Albums

  • Show Me How The Spectres Dance (4 September 2006) Lavolta Records
  • We Ain't Got No Money, Honey, But We Got Rain (27 September 2009) Emperor Records

Singles and EPs

  • She Painted Pictures EP (6 February 2006) Lavolta Records
  • The Mourners of St. Paul's (5 June 2006) Lavolta Records
  • The City Is At Standstill (28 August 2006) Lavolta (#74 UK Singles Chart[32])
  • She Painted Pictures (5 February 2007) Lavolta Records
  • Held Tightly In Your Fist (13 September 2009) Emperor Records
  • Your Hand In Mine (featuring Martha Wainwright) (18 January 2010) Emperor Records
  • The Wild Places EP (27 October 2014) Lariato Recordings

TOKOLOSH[edit]

Albums

  • Stay Strong (1 August 2014) Jack To Phono

Singles and EPs

  • The Hollow / Tokohorse (1 October 2012) Jack To Phono
  • Shapeshifter / Bloodlines (25 February 2013) Jack To Phono
  • The Root (1 July 2013) Jack To Phono
  • Unknown Animal (4 November 2013)
  • A Great Wave (30 May 2014)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Citylifers 'Liam Frost Interview'". 
  2. ^ "AllMusic Artist Biography - Liam Frost". 
  3. ^ "Louder Than War 'Liam Frost TOKOLOSH interview - David Brown April 5th 2013". 
  4. ^ "Manchester Music: News Story from the Archive - No Slowdown For Frost, 22nd December 2005". 
  5. ^ "The Independent 'Liam Frost Notting Hill Tabernacle, London Live Review' 19th April 2010". 
  6. ^ "Liam Frost". Liam Frost. Retrieved 2014-08-13. 
  7. ^ "Danton Supple Website 'Production'". 
  8. ^ "Manchester Music: News Story from the Archive: Fear of Autumn Frost, 11th August 2006". 
  9. ^ "Gigwise Somerset House Summer Series 2006". 
  10. ^ "MusicBrainz 'Show Me How The Spectres Dance' album information". 
  11. ^ "World's End Producer Management: Victor Van Vogt". 
  12. ^ "MusicBrainz 'We Aint Got Money, Honey But We Got Rain' album information". 
  13. ^ Run With The Hunted: A Charles Bukowski Reader pp 16, Harper Collins 2012. 
  14. ^ "NME News: Martha Wainwright to guest on new Liam Frost album". 
  15. ^ "iTunes The Wild Places EP". 
  16. ^ "The Guardian 'New Band of the Week TOKOLOSH (No 1,487)'". 
  17. ^ "TOKOLOSH join Marc Riley in the Studio". 
  18. ^ "Beard Rock Reviews: TOKOLOSH at John Rylands Library". 
  19. ^ "TOKOLOSH Facebook Page - News 10th December 2013". 
  20. ^ "TOKOLOSH Official Website - News 26th June 2014: Festival No 6 'Lost In The Woods'". 
  21. ^ "Jack To Phono 'TOKOLOSH release Stay Strong album'". 
  22. ^ "BBC Genome: Radio Times 1923 - 2009 Magazine Online". 
  23. ^ "BBC 6 Music Programme Page 02/03/2009". 
  24. ^ "BBC 6 Music Programme Page 17/02/2010". 
  25. ^ "BBC 6 Music Programme Page 21/01/2010". 
  26. ^ "BBC The Verb Programme Page". 
  27. ^ "Cape Farewell 2007". 
  28. ^ "Cape Farewell - Profile: Liam Frost". 
  29. ^ "Cape Farewell Liam's Blog: Shipwrecks". 
  30. ^ "Cape Farewell Liam's Blog: Leading Lights". 
  31. ^ NME "Musician Portraits - Joe Simpson's paintings of rock stars" "2011"
  32. ^ "Chart Stats - Liam Frost & Slowdown Family - The City Is At Standstill". Chartstats.com. Chart Stats. Retrieved 2010-04-28. 

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