Chicago alt rock band Pink Frost released Until The Summer Comes, their first album in 5 years, this year. When life suddenly froze for all of us, it wasn’t the downtime that was unbearable, it was the growing uncertainty as time dragged on that all of our loose threads would ever be connected.
The Chicago band had just completed recording their fourth album — splitting the studio time with sister band Touched By Ghoul (whose 2020 Cancel The World album title proved prophetic) — when plans to reconvene in France with longtime engineer Gregoire Yeche to mix in April 2020 became impossible.
When Gregoire eventually returned to Chicago in 2021, life in limbo seemed the new normal. Yet, the band felt somehow liberated. The 9-song album is a feast of hooks and subtle transformations that shows both a slight return to the band’s previous indie-punk take on oversized alt-rock, and their ever-growing palette of shoegaze, drone and anthemic rock. There’s even an almost peak industrial vibe to some tracks that underscores how the band continues to wield new ideas.
Panda Riot is a Chicago-based dreampop band creating wall-of-sound pop songs wrapped in avalanched guitars and dancy rhythms. They get weird and sincere on their latest release, Extra Cosmic, out June 2022.