Liam Frost made his live debut at 15 years of (under) age, reeling off fake dates of birth to perform at the infamous Akoustic Anarchy nights at the Star & Garter. After a few years singing in “shouty punk bands around Manchester”, Frost went solo in 2003 at the ripe old age of 20.
Shouty punk’s loss was charming, eccentric, acoustic pop’s gain, as the man who had been described by Elbow’s Guy Garvey as “the UK’s answer to Bright Eyes” started to write prolifically over the following years. Building a devoted fanbase in Manchester and wowing crowds nationwide, Frost supported fellow troubadour Stephen Fretwell, as well as sharing a stage with Nine Black Alps, Willy Mason, Badly Drawn Boy and Kinks legend Ray Davies.
Having played dens in Manchester for a couple of years, Frost spent the early part of 2006 locked away in a north London studio with Coldplay producer Danton Supple recording the album ‘Show Me How The Spectres Dance’ with his band The Slowdown Family. His debut EP, ‘She Painted Pictures’, was released in February 2006 on Lavolta Records, followed by 'The Mourners of St Paul’s' and 'The City Is At A Standstill'.
Frost’s second album was made without the Slowdown Family and was produced for Columbia Records which had taken over Lavolta. However, Frost was dropped by Columbia in 2008 and after he negotiated for the master tapes, the album ‘We Ain’t Got No Money Honey, But We Got Rain’ was released on Frost’s own label, Emperor Records in 2009. The album contained some writing collaborations with Ed Harcourt as well as a duet with Martha Wainwright on the track ‘Your Hand In Mine’.
2011 saw Frost embark on a side project called TOKOLOSH with Earlies brothers Christian and Nicky Madden, The Whip’s Nathan Sudders and Richard Young. The band released a number of singles before their debut album ‘Stay Strong’ came out in 2014.
In 2014 Frost also released long awaited new solo material in the form of ‘The Wild Places EP’. The EP, which came out on Lariato Recordings, was a precursor to his third and as yet untitled album, due for release in 2015.
Original Article: 28 October 2006
Updated: 28 January 2015