Frodus - Soundlab 1 [7-inch] (Cover Artwork)
Staff Review


Soundlab 1 [7-inch] (2010)


Frodus has returned.

Sound the alarms.

Frodus has returned complete with their anti-establishment mega-conglomerate schtick and it has at least one aging hipster stoked. "Too Big a Lie" has an amazing driving rhythm line that would not have sounded out of place on a Q and Not U album and screams that bring you straight back to early Fugazi hardcore. "Pathless Land" is more speedy hardcore with constant gang shouts and a nice call-and-response between Shelby Cinca and Jason Hamacher. Simply put, the track is fantastic. The final track is a re-recording of their "Feelgood Song of the Year" (here renamed to "Feelgood Song of the Decade"). It's surprising that this song was originally written in 1995 and released in 1996. It sounds vital and fresh--a testament to how far ahead of their time the FCI was.

While Frodus often seemed to drown themselves in a bit too much of the "Frodus Conglomerate International" schtick, they always made great music and that's no exception here. I cannot wait to hear what they have up their sleeves next.