Spencer William Maxwell Owen was born 1984 in Los Angeles, CA, where he was raised by Laura and composer/pianist Sandy Owen. (Sandy's most recent album "One Late Hour with a Steinway" is one long continuous take at the piano.) At a very young age, Owen was introduced to the works of Laurie Anderson.
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.