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Blazing A Trail For Progressive Rock In Music City
“It's a very inclusive genre.... You can use your imagination on a much broader scale and draw from all sorts of influences that you might have as a musician.” - Brett Hammond, Froskull
Long ago called Stephen Rockford Hammond Band, Froskull is the moniker for the new lineup featuring Josh Baker, Brett Hammond, and Ricky Schade.
Born and raised in Nashville, Stephen grew up at the very intersection of American musical culture. The spell of Music City ascended nascent childhood interest to wizardry as a performer, composer, and producer. In 2008, Stephen released his first full-length album, Flux Punch, named for the dissolved band in which he wrote the material.
Shortly after the album release, Stephen founded the Stephen Rockford Hammond Band. While the group began performing songs from the critically acclaimed Flux Punch, Stephen brought a new and even higher level of sophistication to his songwriting. His newer material subsequently transformed the band's set lists into complex mosaics of electrifying fantasia.
In 2011 Stephen recruited his brother, guitarist Brett Hammond. Stephen renamed the band Froskull in 2012.
As the band's new image spread to the Internet community, music lovers worldwide engaged with Froskull's first recordings. Froskull's holistic musical style placed them in the spotlight of Jazz, Fusion, and Rock talk shows. They shared the stage with a spectrum of artists: from Nashville country stars Chris Young and Lee Brice to Rock and Roll legend Derek St. Holmes. A 2013 episode of 6minor Films' Songwriter was dedicated to a glimpse inside the band's process for writing, rehearsing, and performing.
Ricky Schade joined the ranks on bass guitar in 2014.
A long-anticipated tour de force, Froskull's 2014 full-length album is a shining dose of captivating euphony. A self-titled release, Froskull hallmarks the band's technical eloquence, dynamic caprice, and aggressively cosmopolitan style.
Though nothing short of a fastidious progressive rock band, Froskull defies easy classification. Froskull's wild expressiveness and "pan-genre" feel emote with average listeners while provoking more particular music lovers to lend an ear.