Frog Eyes

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Frog Eyes
Frog eyes live.jpg
Background information
Origin Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Genres Indie rock
Years active 2001–present
Labels Absolutely Kosher
Paper Bag Records
Associated acts Swan Lake, Sunset Rubdown, Blue Pine, Blackout Beach
Members Carey Mercer
Melanie Campbell
Shyla Seller
Terri Upton
Past members Dante DeCaro
Michael Rak
Grayson Walker
Spencer Krug
McCloud Zicmuse
Matt Skillings
Ryan Beattie
Megan Boddy

Frog Eyes is an indie rock band from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada known for their highly idiosyncratic songs, which center on Carey Mercer's intense vocals. Their 2010 album Paul's Tomb: A Triumph was a longlisted nominee for the 2010 Polaris Music Prize.[1] The band is in rotation on CBC Radio.[2]


Frog Eyes is led by singer/songwriter/guitarist Carey Mercer.[3] Drummer Melanie Campbell[4][5] and Mercer are married, and are Frog Eyes' only two permanent members. However, she does not play on the band's 2013 release Carey's Cold Spring. Campbell is originally from Penticton, British Columbia, as is former member Spencer Krug.

Mercer's prior band Blue Pine, which also included Frog Eyes bassist Michael Rak, released two records, although the second Blue Pine remained unreleased during the band's existence, instead being released as a bonus album appended to the reissue of Frog Eyes' debut, The Bloody Hand. Mercer also has a solo project, Blackout Beach, and has released four albums and a single under that name. Alternate versions of four Blackout Beach songs appear on Frog Eyes releases.

Frog Eyes performed with Destroyer in live shows and on Dan Bejar's album Notorious Lightning & Other Works. This collaboration led to the formation of Swan Lake, a "songwriter's project" with Dan Bejar of Destroyer/The New Pornographers and Spencer Krug of Sunset Rubdown/Wolf Parade. Frog Eyes performed at Wavelength No. 177 in August 2003 (Wavelength Music Arts Projects).

On April 26, 2010, Frog Eyes released their fifth full-length studio album, Paul's Tomb: A Triumph, in the UK. It was released a day later in the US. It is the band's first release on Bloomington, Indiana indie label Dead Oceans.[6]

Frog Eyes sixth studio album, Pickpocket's Locket, will be released on August 28, 2015.[7] The first single, Joe With the Jam, was released on June 29, 2015. The second single, Two Girls, released on August 6, 2015, was selected for the top 10 tracks of the week by Consequence of Sound.[8]


  • The Bloody Hand (2002) Global Symphonic
  • Split w/ Jerk with a Bomb single (2002) Global Symphonic

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Polaris Music Prize Reveals the 2010 Long List". Exclaim!. 17 June 2010. Retrieved 26 January 2011.  External link in |work= (help)
  2. ^ "Frog Eyes Artist Page". CBC Radio 3. Retrieved 26 January 2011.  External link in |work= (help)
  3. ^ James Christopher Monger. "Frog Eyes Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 26 January 2011.  External link in |work= (help)
  4. ^ "Frog Eyes Artist Info". Rate Your Music. Retrieved 26 January 2011.  External link in |work= (help)
  5. ^ "Frog Eyes Discography". Discogs. Retrieved 26 January 2011.  External link in |work= (help)
  6. ^ "Frog Eyes Artist Page". Dead Oceans. Retrieved 2 February 2010.  External link in |work= (help)
  7. ^ Jazz Monroe. "Frog Eyes Share Haunting, Hand-Drawn "Joe With the Jam" Video". Pitchfork. Retrieved 10 July 2015. 
  8. ^ "Top 10 Songs of the Week (8/7)". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 7 August 2015. 

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