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First Froth Was a Joke, Then It Was an Accident, Then It Was a Real Band

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Wed, Apr 23, 2014 at 5:00 AM
click to enlarge Froth: Jeremy Katz (top left), Cameron Allen (top right), Jeff Fribourg (bottom left), Joo-Joo Ashworth (bottom right). And their dog, Bowie. - PHOTO BY ARTEMIS THOMAS-HANSARD
  • Photo by Artemis Thomas-Hansard
  • Froth: Jeremy Katz (top left), Cameron Allen (top right), Jeff Fribourg (bottom left), Joo-Joo Ashworth (bottom right). And their dog, Bowie.
Before Joo-Joo Ashworth (vocals, guitar) and Jeff Fribourg (omnichord) had written a real song, they had a fake band called Froth, and were making a fake record - a blank one that would spin for 20 minutes without making a sound.

In 2011, Froth was more of a concept, a joke, even. Nothing either Ashworth or Fribourg took seriously. After all, half of the group didn't even know how to play an instrument. Fribourg designed the cover art for the silent debut before he even learned to play the omnichord, an impulsive eBay purchase that had been sitting in his room for months. 

They never put out the blank record, but in 2012, they did actually form the band - as an accident. When the Abigails dropped out from playing Ourbq, a mini-festival held in Fribourg's backyard, duty called for Froth. They scrambled to put together some songs, and for the very first time, actually played.

"It was a disaster," says Fribourg. But with this unexpected start came some unexpectedly good music. For a band that began as a joke, the dreamy neo-psychedelic rock Froth produced was not.

Jeremy Katz was added on bass after picking one up for the first time only a month earlier. Cameron Allen joined in on drums after a steady career with local favorites Wyatt Blair and Keepers of the Sun. "He was a real musician while we were fake ones," jokes Ashworth.

With this new dose of "real" musicianship, Froth finally materialized as a "real" band. Wyatt Blair and Tomas Dolas, founders of Echo Park based indie label Lolipop Records  - the "day care for Echo Park bands," Fribourg puts it -  pledged support to the amateur group. "They're pretty much our dads," Ashworth says of the label that motivated Froth to keep going.

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