Frog
Whatever We Probably Already Had It


4.5
superb

Review

by SowingSeason STAFF
December 4th, 2018 | 33 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Frog lives!

Back in 2015, the world became a goofier, more beautiful place. Thanks to Frog – a lo-fi indie band that recorded its debut LP Kind of Blah under a New York City bowling alley –hip, self-loathing, musically-addicted geeks (this is in no way a self-reference) had somewhere to turn. In blending uplifting, punky grinders like ‘Fucking’ with somber, thought-provoking slow burners like ‘Wish Upon a Bar’, the band crafted something that was different just because of how utterly strange it was. Frog felt like our next door neighbors; some rowdy kids who formed a garage band to sing about dirty magazines while pounding beers and losing their shit on the drums.

They have that kind of relatability. They’re a band you want to root for just because no one knows who the fuck they are, and they seem like a cool crowd. So let’s fast forward just a tad over three years, where Frog have dropped another album out of nowhere. Whatever We Probably Already Had It is…an EP?A mini-LP?It’s mostly being labeled as the latter, with eight songs clocking in at twenty minutes. The record proves that the duo’s humor hasn’t died (“Yes by god I’m American / God is great he’s hilarious / What the fuck y’all staring at”), that they can still craft a hauntingly beautiful song (‘God Once Loved a Woman’), and that there is no limit to their quirky, off-the-wall energy (‘Journey to the Restroom’). This is very much the follow-up that fans of Kind of Blah deserve.

After a brief seventeen second intro that is simply the band chanting its own name, the album launches into ‘American’, a track that makes sure not to take itself serious, like, at all. The highlight of the song comes when they explode into a cacophony of drums and electric guitars midway through the track, joined by an exaggerated wail of “God bless the USA.” ‘Something to Hide’ is more of a conventional track (by Frog standards, so it’s not really all that normal anyway), featuring some verses about an unfaithful girlfriend (‘there’s something to hide…you would have been a beautiful bride”) before launching into a nearly minute long, repeated “ahh ah ahh ah ahh” howl that takes up basically a third of the song. It ends by returning to another verse about her infidelity, “Home before noon in time to shower…oh, you’re such a coward.” The emotional epicenter of the album is ‘God Once Loved a Woman’, which stands alone as easily the best song Frog has ever written. The lyrics are poetic and moving, “Her blouse caught the sun and her eyes lit up, like she recognized someone…He reached through the thin smoke and touched the yellow glass, through the cold burning past / Now all the boneyards tremble with her name…He said you are the most beautiful thing that I made.” The musical backdrop consists primarily of soft acoustic picking and gradually emboldening ambience, until the lead vocalist erupts (as he tends to often) into some fringe-shouted lyrics accompanied by powerful drumming.

The second half of this release is a little more laid back – ‘Gimme Your Number’ is just a minute and forty-five seconds of whistling (with no other lyrics), and ‘Journey to the Restroom’ is a vague account of a woman dying in a bathroom with multiple vulgar but unspecific allusions (“3 am vomit in cones on the street”, “You lead you don’t follow, you cum you don’t swallow”). ‘Bones’ is a stream of recollections atop the same chord strummed over and over, and ‘Don’t Tell Me Where You’re Going’ is a twangy, stomping closer that feels like a tale of unrequited love (“I’ve missed you ‘specially of late / A shadow crosses her face / Don’t tell me where you’re going, ‘cause I can’t be trusted knowing”) interjected by Frog’s ceaseless ability to crack jokes even in serious-sounding songs (“I met a boy he’s nice, found his lord and savior in Jesus Christ… Yes lord, don’t be afraid, God is with us every day, pumpin’ Alice in Chains in the driveway”). It just wouldn’t be a Frog album if they didn’t leave us wondering what the fuck we just listened to.

Whatever We Probably Already Had It is a superb sophomore effort. It remains loyal to the band’s identity, while crafting another set of tracks that bewilder, feel, thrill, and laugh all the way. It contains the best song they ever wrote (‘God Once Loved a Woman’ is like ‘Wish Upon a Bar’, but even more affecting), and cuts out some of the lighter and more forgettable stuff that kept Kind of Blah from being a cult indie classic. Basically, Frog is still doing Frog, and they’re doing it better than ever.



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SowingSeason
Moderator
December 4th 2018


28732 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

You're gonna want to go ahead and listen to this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_jpYDohvzmo

Figures I get around to this right after creating my year-end blog post.



If you like what you hear support the band here:

https://heyitsfrog.bandcamp.com/album/whatever-we-probably-already-had-it

Digging: Exit North - Book of Romance and Dust

Toad
December 4th 2018


1991 Comments


I love this band!

SowingSeason
Moderator
December 4th 2018


28732 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Toads and Frogs in the thread

It's like a goddamn reptile/amphibian exhibit in here

Sinternet
December 4th 2018


17892 Comments


lol forgot about these guys gonna jam kind of blah again

Digging: SMiLE.dk - Smile

Gyromania
December 4th 2018


26124 Comments


FROG!

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
December 4th 2018


369 Comments


wait, this isn't a silverchair album

SowingSeason
Moderator
December 4th 2018


28732 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Chan this seems like the kind of sloppy indie rock you might enjoy

Although with Frog I can never tell

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
December 4th 2018


369 Comments


i have never even heard of them, but i will have to listen based on ur rec

SowingSeason
Moderator
December 4th 2018


28732 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Listen to the youtube song I linked in my first comment

If you're not impressed then the rest of their stuff probably isn't worth your time

theBoneyKing
December 4th 2018


15718 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Damn this sounds great

Digging: Low - Things We Lost in the Fire

neekafat
December 5th 2018


13372 Comments


hmmmmm might check

neekafat
December 5th 2018


13372 Comments


Woah that song you linked was awesome I'll have to check this

SowingSeason
Moderator
December 5th 2018


28732 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah lemme know what you think

that's definitely the best on here so don't expect the other 7 songs to compare, but it's a great album start to finish especially if you already like frog

FreddieDelaney31
December 5th 2018


4916 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Amazing review I'm sold

Digging: ITEM - Sad Light

SowingSeason
Moderator
December 5th 2018


28732 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Freddie go check the song I linked up in the first post. IMO that's their ceiling, so if you like it then continue, if not then decide for yourself if it's worth your time. (and thanks! :-))

SowingSeason
Moderator
December 5th 2018


28732 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

https://twitter.com/heyitsfrog?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

SHOUT OUT

You're welcome Frog, thanks for the great album.

mazalthan
December 5th 2018


88 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is so very fresh and fun, much love for the recommendation. "God Once Loved a Woman" is a lyrical masterpiece.

WatchItExplode
December 6th 2018


6120 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The intersection of IDGAF and slackass

MotokoKusanagi
December 6th 2018


1621 Comments


"‘Don’t Tell Me Where You’re Going’ is a twangy, stomping closer that feels like a tale of unrequited love (“I’ve missed you ‘specially of late / A shadow crosses her face / Don’t tell me where you’re going, ‘cause I can’t be trusted knowing”) interjected by Frog’s"

"stomping ... Frog's"

"frogstomped"

SowingSeason
Moderator
December 6th 2018


28732 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah I absolutely adore these guys. They're so laid back.



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