Manchester singer-songwriter Liam Frost is having a busy week. Yesterday saw the release of the third single by his band Tokolosh, entitled The Root and backed with an exclusive b-side Quivering Pine. Today he releases the second of a series of new demos entitled The Wild Places.
Liam first came to prominence with his then band The Slowdown Family in 2006 with the release of his debut album Show Me How The Spectres Dance. His critically acclaimed follow-up We Ain’t Got No Money Honey, But We Got Rain followed in 2009, but since then he’s been very quiet.
He recently returned to the live scene with two sold-out shows at Manchester’s International Anthony Burgess Foundation in May and has three shows planned for October, two at the beautiful St Pancras Old Church in London on October 2 and 3 and then a hometown show at the Deaf Institute the following night. He premiered new track Lover’s Luck at those first two shows and it is hoped he will reveal more from his third album, which is still at the embryonic writing stage, at these shows.
Whilst being quiet on the solo front, Liam formed a band with members of The Earlies and The Whip called Tokolosh. The five-piece featuring Nathan and Christian Madden, Nathan Sudders and Richard Young have released two previous singles – The Hollow / Tokohorse and Shapeshifter / Bloodlines – and have an album ready to release at some point later this year or next year.
Their third single The Root, with an excellent video by Stirzocular featuring animation by Avian Anderson, forms the next taster from that album and was released on Monday as a download only. They are continuing to play some rare live shows too, the next one being next Thursday, 11 July, at The Irish Club in Chorlton, supported by the mercurial Frazer King.
All words by David Brown. You can see more of David’s work on Louder Than War here