Hopping to new heights
FROGG to perform at New Haven music festival Danny Tehrani Express Editor
On May 21, Westhill FROGG band members seniors Lisa Occhino, Andres Parrado, and Minou Clark and junior Skylar Clark won the BandJam concert at Darien High School. The Westword decided to sit down with the Clark siblings to discuss the bands accomplishments. The Westword: Recently you won an award. What was it for? Minou Clark: We won Bandjam. It was held at Darien High School and we won first place. My brother and I received outstanding musician awards as well. TW: You have your first major performance coming up. What will you be performing? MC: It is called the New Haven Festival of Music and Ideas. We have a half hour set and will most likely perform five songs. We will be debuting an original song as well as a new and improved look. We
definitely need to step it up since we [will] have an audience of 4,000. TW: How is your new look different from your current one? MC: We are trying to tighten up and get more serious. Now we have real fans, who missed junior prom to come see us play. I am really amazed. Skyler did a great job promoting our band through Facebook and word of mouth. Skyler Clark: Our image is not too generic. I would say we’re not just metal. We are more simple and clean. TW: What inspires you and your band? MC: My brother finds a lot of inspiration from famous Finnish guitarist Alexi Laiho. We cover a lot of his music. Skyler loves metal, and although we do not listen to it, his passion inspires us. SC: Tons of other Finnish and Japanese rock and metal bands inspire us. Specifically, the Japanese band Hellman. TW: How did you all come up
with your band name? MC: We did not have a name until [Stamford High’s] New Bands Night. They needed a name to put onto a flyer, so I came up with FROGG. At first we all laughed at it, but it really stuck. SC: We did not want a generic metal band name that was too hard core. TW: How would you describe your music? SC: My music is always changing, I like to think of the band as progressive and extreme. As a soloist, I really strive to serve the song. MC: We cover metal songs but the actual roots of our music are classical. You will find Bach and Beethoven in the melodies of our songs. TW: What are your plans for the future? MC: We are going to try and keep being inspired and inspiring others. SC: I plan to study music in school; I am never going to stop playing. I will definitely [pursue music] for a living.
Photo Courtesy of Barbara Occhino Leaping High The newly formed band Frogg recently won the BandJam competition at Darien High School.The band will get the opportunity to play at a New Haven music festival on June 14.
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