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FACING FORWARD WITH
CODY FROST

‘HIGH/BYE’ is based on the experience of being stuck at home – something we can all relate to now...

Cody Frost’s flaming red hair is not the only fiery thing she’s got going, her music is equally fiery. Blending a sense of punk and alt-pop with a wonderfully powerful voice, Frost is ticking a lotta boxes.

Her debut single ‘Verbal Warnings’ garnered airplay from Radio 1 and support from tmrw alum Jack Saunders on his Future Sounds show. The follow-up track ‘HIGH/BYE’ and accompanying video reiterate a lot of feelings that have been surfacing for many of us over this past year. It wasn’t originally intended for this message but an alternatively universal meaning. “‘HIGH/BYE’ is about that period in your life when you think you might be growing up,” says Frost. “When your friends all move to different areas for uni, and when you see them again the conversation is stale and weird. But I didn’t go to uni, so this is based on my experience being stuck at home.”

The video speaks volumes about the feeling of disillusionment and loneliness that comes with the territory of doing your own thing. Frost performs in a bar in Burnley, but to an audience of air-headed balloon fans. This smorgasbord of metaphors perfectly accompanies the genre-blending track. To give us an insight into her idiomatic intellect, we asked Cody Frost to answer a few of our Facing Forward questions.

WHAT DO YOU ENVISION THE FUTURE OF MUSIC TO LOOK LIKE?

I’m not sure, I think even if I tried to predict what it would be like I don’t think I would even come close. Kinda like how in the 50’s we thought that we’d have flying cars. I think maybe we might use AI to create more music, I’ve seen people creating songs based on the greats like Amy Winehouse and Nirvana just using algorithms, it’s pretty mad but also a little spooky.

IF YOU COULD COLLABORATE WITH ANY MUSICIAN IN THE FUTURE, WHO WOULD IT BE AND WHY?

Oooh, this is tough cause’ I really have so many people that inspire me so I really can’t decide! I mean I’d love to work with Enter Shikari even if it was on a remix or something (they are big inspirations to me), but actually I’d love to worth with maybe Ashnikko cause’ she’s incredible or my friend Zand, I feel like we’d be a good mix musically!

WHERE WOULD BE YOUR DREAM VENUE TO PLAY?

I love going to Leeds fest every year (COVID permitting aha) so that’d be pretty cool, but I think some of my favourite venues are the smaller, more intimate ones, I feel like you can really connect there. There’s a few in Manchester that I grew up going to and even those would be mad to perform at, been to some good gigs at Gorilla, that would be sick.

WHERE DO YOU HOPE TO BE IN THE NEXT YEAR?

I hope things are a little better for everyone, I hope I’ve found a better balance between tattooing and music and most of all I hope to have performed my songs! I haven’t had the chance to properly perform my own music yet, but even more so I haven’t actually performed in about three years I think so actually singing my own songs would be amazing!

THE NEXT 5 YEARS?

I would really really love to make an album, I love the way you can really delve in and explore your sound with an album, I’m also a big fan of listening to them anyway, I like hearing them as the artist imagined them, I feel like they’re going out of fashion a little which is a shame. It’s nice to really just slow down and enjoy a full, like, 40 mins of someone else’s imagination and how they experience the world.

Press play on the video for HIGH/BYE below now…

Words by Tori Sharp

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