Frodus
Molotov Cocktail Party


3.5
great

Review

by Brendan Nixon USER (42 Reviews)
April 19th, 2015 | 14 replies


Release Date: 1994 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Before Frodus were yelling about corporate greed and artificial intelligence, they were screaming about fucking sasquatches and space monkeys.

Frodus have always held a very distinctive place in 90s post-hardcore due to their decidedly different approach to the music compared to say, Fugazi or Jawbox. They never made music with the focus on emotion as much as sonic perfection; every little thing is accounted for. The result is often callous and strangely inhuman, with this idea certainly reaching its peak near their end. Now, a sound like that usually takes years to master, which it did. But, their early material is actually surprisingly similar. The difference is that Shelby doesn’t as much sound angry as he does amused.

Right off the bat, one will notice that the overall sound is far more playful than it would later become. Frodus themselves call their early sound “nerdcore”, which is actually pretty spot-on. What you have is eclectic post-hardcore with many stops and starts, goofy shouted vocals, and riffs that will satisfy any fan of this genre. But, this album is of course not without its flaws. For one, the vocals are incredibly immature and would improve drastically as their career progressed. Although, the Sesame Street skramz definitely add to the fun vibe the band gives off. The other main problem with this album is the band’s obvious immaturity. While it can be excused since it’s their debut, it can become a little overwhelming at times. Some tracks just seem to blend together with their odd screams, stops and starts, and dumb lyrics.

If you simply want a fun, weird, or nerdy punk rock album to jam out to, Molotov Cocktail Party is definitely a good choice. Frodus would go on to much better things, but their roots are surprisingly interesting. They were far more satirical, far less serious, and sometimes just plain stupid fun. Plus, perhaps most importantly, it goes very hard. If the biggest math-team nerds in your high school decided to form a hardcore band, this would be the result.

The machines never died…



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BMDrummer
April 19th 2015


12984 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this is probably not very good but this needed a rev and i was bored goodnight

grannypantys
April 19th 2015


216 Comments


night night

dimsim3478
April 19th 2015


6609 Comments


Before Frodus were yelling about corporate greed and alternate intelligence, they were screaming about fucking sasquatches and space monkeys.

"Artificial intelligence"?

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Hep Kat
April 19th 2015


18127 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

sweet a frodus review. tha hep abides~

BMDrummer
April 19th 2015


12984 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

oops sorry dim haha

BMDrummer
April 19th 2015


12984 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

and hep there is no way weapons is only as good as this

Hep Kat
April 19th 2015


18127 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i like fireflies the best, then conglomerate, then weapons/this, then f-letter is a distant last

BMDrummer
April 19th 2015


12984 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

damn fireflies is worst frodus but ok

PappyMason
April 19th 2015


3424 Comments


Yeah, sweet write-up - a good read!

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BMDrummer
April 21st 2015


12984 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

might review more of this band's discog

Supercoolguy64
April 22nd 2015


5864 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this sounds like something i might like

also pos

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BMDrummer
April 22nd 2015


12984 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this band rules yeah, check weapons and conglomerate international after

Supercoolguy64
May 31st 2015


5864 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"damn fireflies is worst frodus but ok"



agreed, if anything, it would go

weapons > f-letter > conglomerate > this > fireflies



BMDrummer
May 31st 2015


12984 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

conglomerate beats f-letter, but otherwise agreed



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