Cody Frost’s debut single ‘Verbal Warnings’ made an immediate impact with its sonic boom of electro-pop and punk attitude. It earned Cody her first spin at Radio 1 courtesy of Mollie King, with further airplay coming from Jack Saunders, Gemma Bradley, BBC Introducing and Amazing Radio. Praise soon followed from a diverse array of high profile talents such as Enter Shikari, Tyler Oakley, Sonique, Young Guns and Shamir.
Its storming start was capped with streaming highlights including a range of international New Music Friday and Breaking Pop playlists and the cover of the notorious Misfits 2.0 playlist on Spotify, plus tips from Popjustice and Wonderland.
Cody now adds to her burgeoning reputation by sharing her second single ‘HIGH/BYE’. Both singles will feature on her upcoming debut EP, which follows this summer.
‘HIGH/BYE’ represents a subtle evolution from ‘Verbal Warnings’. It highlights alt-pop beats and vigorous acoustic guitar in place of the previous track’s fiery punk edge. But there’s no mistaking Cody’s defiant and self-empowering charisma. Vocally she’s a step apart from the pack with the power of her voice providing the song’s drama, but the quieter confessional moments reflect a time in Cody’s life that so many young people will relate to. But those experiences aren’t always as simple as they feel at the time. So while ‘HIGH/BYE’ simmers with a definite FOMO, there’s ultimately a feeling that taking your own path in life can deliver richer rewards.
“‘HIGH/BYE’ is about that period in your life when you think you might be growing up,” says Cody. “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 single is accompanied by the official video, which was directed by Naomi Kane who also helmed the ‘Verbal Warnings’video. It’s a startling visual metaphor for Cody’s personal experiences of being left behind, but one that’s also rooted in just how mundane that time was. Filmed at a bar in Burnley that she worked in at the time, Cody is shown serving drinks before hitting the stage as the evening’s entertainment. But her sense of disillusionment is heightened by her loneliness: she’s the only real person in a bar that’s disconcertingly populated by hastily assembled dummies.
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Living in Burnley, Cody Frost’s path into music started covering Frank Ocean, Nirvana and Slipknot on YouTube, and busking in Manchester – but it took a while to realise that her passion could become her future. That all changed when she was diagnosed with ADHD. Now able to manage some of the problems that had beset her, it gave Cody the clarity and confidence to hone in on her music with a powerful focus. She further expressed her creativity by working as a tattooist and an artist.
Cody’s journey was assisted by producer Dan Weller (Enter Shikari, SikTh) as they unleashed a sonic maelstrom of electro-pop, drum ‘n’ bass, punk and alt-rock, all powered by her uncompromising attitude.