Toronto post-punks FRIGS will release their new album, Basic Behaviour, on February 23 via Arts & Crafts. Their dark, soulful brand of rock is powered by Bria Salmela, a firebrand frontperson possessing a commanding voice that can go from smoky cool to full-on wail. You can hear that in action on new single "Talking Pictures" which Bria talks a little about:

"Talking Pictures" was a turning point in the development of Basic Behaviour. There was a starkness to it that really resonated with us at the time, becoming a catalyst for a new style of songwriting that would eventually finish the record. Lyrically, it is about the need to be stimulated. It was written during a period where I felt a lack of both external and internal encouragement, preventing me from thinking freely or creatively. Falling into a void of routine, I was distracting myself from real life experiences, and those experiences, once examined, seemed only filtered through interactions with technology and social media. In writing this song, I attempted to explore this void and my distracted state in hopes of losing any numbness I felt in my day-to-day life.

Stream that, and "Doghead" off the record, below.

FRIGS will also be on tour starting in March, including a requisite stop in Austin for SXSW (and the Savannah Stopover in Georgia before that). The tour hits Brooklyn's Alphaville on March 3 with Weeping Icon also on the bill (tickets). All dates are listed, along with album art and tracklist, below.


FRIGS - Basic Behaviour tracklist:

1. Doghead
2. Talking Pictures
3. Waste
4. Solid State
5. Gemini
6. I
7. II
8. Heavyweights
9. Chest
10. Trashyard

The Frigs - 2018 Tour Dates
03/01 - Montreal, QC - Bar le Ritz
03/02 - Boston, MA - O'Brien's Pub
03/03 - Brooklyn, NY - Alphaville
03/04 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie - Upstairs
03/05 - Lancaster, PA - Lizard Lounge
03/06 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
03/07 - Durham, NC - The Pinhook
03/08 - Savannah, GA - Savannah Stopover Festival
03/12 - Atlanta, GA - Gasa Gasa
03/13 - New Orleans, LA - Masquerade
03/15 - Austin, TX - SXSW
03/16 - Austin, TX - SXSW
03/17 - Hot Springs, AR - Valley of the Vapors Festival
03/19 - Kansas City, MO - miniBar
03/21 - Denver, CO - Streets of London
03/22 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
03/23 - Boise, ID - Treefort Music Fest
03/24 - Portland, OR - Tonic Lounge
03/26 - Seattle, WA - The Funhouse
03/27 - Vancouver, BC - The Cobalt
03/29 - Calgary, AB - Broken City
03/30 - Edmonton, AB - Bohemia
03/31 - Saskatoon, SK - Amigo's Cantina
04/01 - Winnipeg, MB - The Good Will
04/04 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
04/06 - London, ON - Rum Runners
04/07 - Toronto, ON – Garrison