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Frogpond was formed in the small Midwestern college town of Warrensburg, Missouri, in 1994. Heidi Phillips had been playing the drums since the age of 14, then expanded her instrumental repertoire a few years later when she picked up a guitar with the intention of writing songs and starting her own band. “I was insecure and didn’t want to jump in with a bunch of people that were really good,” Heidi confesses, remembering the first incarnation of Frogpond, “so I asked some friends to be in a band with me.” As the band metamorphosed, members joined based on their enthusiasm and friendship, not always practical experience.

“I had never played before. I learned how to play the bass in 10 days because they had a show and no bass player,” admits Justine Volpe. “I was a really huge fan of the band and I was friends with the girls, so I thought what the hell.”

Frogpond began tuning up their live show by taking every gig they could get, which led to memorable opening slots for the Toadies and Everclear. One of the highlights of their early career came when Mike Mills from R.E.M. caught a Kansas City show and became immediately enamored with Frogpond’s sound; a personal invitation to play R.E.M.’s Monster tour wrap party in Atlanta followed shortly thereafter.

Landing a deal with Sony subsidiary TriStar, the band recorded their debut Count To Ten in September ‘96 at Smart Studios in a whopping two and a half days with Everclear’s Art Alexakis at the dials. “The studio flooded and our time was cut in half,” Volpe recalls. “It was do or die.” Following the release of Count To Ten, Frogpond then hit the road for more than a year, adding to the band’s growing fan base throughout the Midwest and beyond.

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  • ZoeTheWalrusFis

    Woah... I didnt know so man people knew about them... I guess its a good thing my mom lets me wear her old band shirt now and then. I wish she wouldve stayed as the drummer:/

    8 Jan 2013 Reply
  • morticiagurl

    Long live Frogpond! Miss 'em!

    20 Sep 2010 Reply
  • webmagnets

    I love this album too. I don't know anyone else who has ever hear of them.

    9 Jan 2009 Reply
  • myloveismusic13

    i love 'safe ride home' one of my favorite albums ever. anyone know what happened to them? or their singer / songwriter heidi?

    14 Jan 2008 Reply