I Can Be a Frog

Left to Right: Ben Callahan, Ian Whitney & Mitchell Rowe.. missing Omar Shawish

I first discovered the band Frog when I was planning on attending a show in Providence, RI at the club Alchemy Providence RI.. there were several bands on the bill but Frog caught my attention because 1) they are a local band from Attleboro, MA and 2) I was curious about the origin of the band name. So I sat down with them at the show and here’s what they had to say.

Ready to play, Alchemy Providence

Q: So, how did you choose the name Frog?

A: Great question! Me and my friend John were messing around in the hallways of our high school after track practice and we smelled some nasty shit coming from the girls’ locker room. We were curious so went in and found a zip lock baggie with a dead frog in it. Very strange experience but we got a pretty good band name out of it.

Their drummer, Omar Shawish, wasn’t in attendance because of a broken arm but he was there in spirit.

Q: You guys are from MA, right? How did you get together?

A: We all know each other from school and around our freshman year of high school we all realized we shared a passion for music, specifically rock n’ roll. We started jamming under the name Porky and the Squealers and eventually started writing our own music, changed the name to Frog and here we are.

Rough Rider

Q: What sound best defines your music…who are your musical influences?

A: Our sound isn’t too particular to one genre since each album has its own sound. The Cowboy Manifesto, Cowboy Manifesto on Apple Music, gives off strong cowboy vibes as you would imagine and The Ballad of Bart, The Ballad of Bart on Apple Music is more punky and hard rock. As far as are biggest influences, I’d say Ween, The Rolling Stones, Tyler the Creator, Brockhampton, The Beastie Boys and Kanye for sure.

Ian Whitney on vocals

Q: If you could open for any artist, who would it be? Who would you want to collaborate with?

A: There are so many bands we’d want to play with it’s hard to pick just one. We want Playboi Carti, Official Playboi Carti webpage, to hop into our studio and lay down some bars. And in a perfect world, we would be opening for Ween.

Q: Talk about Moonquake.. that was released in July ‘19. How long did it take you to complete? I think my favorite track on there is “Aurora Borealis” Aurora Borealis on Apple Music but Quaalude, Quaalude on Apple Music, is pretty good too. They can almost can be considered “love songs”. Would you categorize them as such?

A: Moonquake is Frog’s magnum opus as of right now. Definitely the album we’re most proud of, our drummer Omar did an amazing job with the production and the beats, and it’s definitely our best album from a songwriting standpoint. We worked on that for like 3 or 4 months nonstop recording and writing. The album is a good mix of our goofier songs and, like you said, with Aurora Borealis & Quaalude, some more meaningful songs. Quaalude is a love song, NOT a drug song.

Ben ripping the guitar

Q: What’s up next for Frog in 2020?

A: 2020 is going to be a big year for Frog. We want to go on tour this summer and we’re always writing new stuff, so keep your eyes peeled because the boys are making big moves this year!

So check out Frog on Instagram at @frogtheband.. Check out their songs out on Spotify, YouTube, Apple Music to name a few.. Their latest video, Big Beck is on YouTube, Big Beck.

Thanks to Frog for taking time to speak with me and I think we will be seeing more of them in the near future. Stay tuned for interviews with The Unincorporated Official website; Jason “Hoss” Hicks Official Website and Meggie Brown Music Facebook Page.

Until then, Your Music Stylist – Linda Dias

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I’m a music obsessed girl who wants to bring out the ordinary in you to make your musical tastes extraordinary.

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