"Everybody was ready to focus on different things in life finally," says Frigg organist Christian Miller (aka Sir Christian Leo). "We were all ready to focus on more lucrative careers, something that actually paid." At the time, Miller intended to move to Alaska to work on a cruise ship, but reconsidered and moved to Ville Plate where he joined the family business making Jack Miller's Bar-B-Que Sauce.
Drummer Chadwick DuprÃ© (aka Captain Chadwick) moved to San Francisco, where he works as a nurse, but he jokingly says he moved for one specific reason: "So I could watch VH-1 Classic all f--kin' day long." Vocalist and guitarist Ronnie Chauvin (aka Ronnie Ramada) moved to New Orleans where he manages an antiques shop. And bassist Jeremy Steward says, "I personally went on to the corporate world and started my journey down the road of fatherhood." He also notes that unlike his band mates, he doesn't have an alias. "The others don't really care for it," he says, "but I think [Jeremy Steward] is the most creative stage name in rock history."
There was one innocent bystander left in the band's smoldering ashes ' an unfinished album. "Most of it was recorded around the time we kind of disbanded," Miller says. "We did a lot of it at Ivan [Klisanin]'s studio. We laid down all the tracks, started doing some of the mixing, and that's when we decided to go our separate ways. So we just put it on the shelf, but Ronnie kept fine tuning it and mixing it."
Now more than two years in the making, All That Glitters, the band's third full-length album, debuts this week at a CD-release party at Renaissance. And with the return of DuprÃ© from California for Festival International festivities, Frigg-A-Go-Go will again return to the stage.
"Please don't call this a reunion," Miller says. There are no plans for any other Frigg shows beyond Friday night, but the bandmates aren't closing the door on future performances. "We have no intentions, one way or another," Miller says. "As of right now, it's just this show, and we'll see what happens after that."
On All That Glitters, saxophonist Dickie Landry is featured prominently on the track "Dickie Control." At a Frigg-A-Go-Go show, Landry was a familiar sight, often jumping on stage with the band to play his horn. "They were the best rock 'n' roll and punk band around," he says. "For me it was like jumping into an empty elevator shaft playing with them. They were the most exciting band around. They lasted 10 years, and not too many groups last that long."
From the opening notes of All That Glitters ' the bouncing organ licks, the screeching guitar solo, the driving bass and the relentlessly pounding drums of "Muscle" ' Frigg-A-Go-Go bellows like an insane tour guide on a white-knuckle ride.
But it's not all about rocking all day and partying all night. In "The Stranger," Ramada sings of the conflicting emotions of being a Cajun while feeling disconnected from his heritage. "Well I stand a stranger, before my people," he sings. "Don't know the language of my father, of my father or of my uncles. I am a stranger before my own family." Before the song's end, he comes to grips with his place in the culture. He sings: "We will not forsake you. We're coming full circle. We are the future. We are your future."
The shuffle of "Full-Grown Boogie" nods, in part, to Muddy Water's "Mannish Boy," while "The Taking" sounds like a twisted version of The Go-Go's "We Got the Beat." But no matter where the band derives its inspirations, the end result is undeniably Frigg-A-Go-Go's own sound. On "Fishing (on the Mekong Delta)," which is more relaxed and sweeter than your standard Frigg fare, the band proves that it's capable of more than just brazen rocking.
The downside of All That Glitters is that it makes you long for the days when you could catch Frigg live, on any given night of the week in Lafayette. Those days, for the foreseeable future, are gone. But for now, they've left us with an enduring album that tells the tale of a band with the courage to do it their way and call it quits while the getting was still good.
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Friday's Blogs from the Bog!
Time and time again, the Lafayette Parish School Board shows an overwhelming tendency toward idiocy, but Wednesday night’s contentious discussion over Northside High School’s teen mother program tops the list of dumb discussions.
“The accomplishment of this goal within the next ten years is not only critical for the region to effectively compete with other regions for residents and businesses, but also to provide an amenity for everyone in Acadiana to enjoy.”
Education Superintendent John White says a continued push to try to keep Louisiana from using tests associated with the Common Core education standards are creating "a state of chaos" for public school teachers.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to use $210 million in surplus and one-time money to help balance next year's budget received the backing Thursday of the State Bond Commission, support that was needed for the maneuver to work.
State wildlife and fisheries agents have arrested a 39-year-old man accused of stealing crawfish.
An East Feliciana Parish lawmaker has jettisoned his proposal to make it harder for a condemned prisoner to appeal a death sentence.
Senators advanced a proposal Wednesday that would let the governor remove New Orleans-area levee board members for violating what he considers to be public policy, despite concerns it would introduce political meddling into state flood protection.
The Lafayette City-Parish Council on Tuesday will vote on a resolution that if approved would clear the way for a December ballot proposition asking voters to approve a 1-cent sales tax parishwide to help fund the construction of a new terminal at Lafayette Regional Airport.
Just days before the fourth anniversary of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster and oil spill, the Coast Guard has moved cleanup of Louisiana's coast to a new phase, allowing BP to end its "active" efforts in the area.
Legislators still must leave their guns at the door of the Louisiana Capitol.
Sen. Fred Mills may have an "R" behind his name, but his actions in the Louisiana Legislature transcend the established boundaries of his party.
The Louisiana House overwhelmingly rejected a repeal of the state's unconstitutional anti-sodomy law Tuesday.
The Louisiana Senate sided with Gov. Bobby Jindal and the oil industry Tuesday, agreeing to void a lawsuit that a south Louisiana flood board filed against more than 90 oil and gas companies for coastal damage.
Acadian rep notifies would-be supporters that an April 25 fundraiser for the embattled U.S. rep won’t go on as planned.
While it isn’t all too unusual for public bodies to have hired security present during meetings, the LPSB’s push to do so is arguably a response to the antics of one board member.
“I’m running. Why would I be raising all this money? Just to have to return it to people?”
With incumbent U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu watching from afar, and with a united Democratic Party in her corner, the fight to get the GOP officially behind Congressman Bill Cassidy is gaining just as much momentum as it is hushed controversy.
15th Judicial District Judge Durwood Conque has announced that he will not seek re-election after 27 years on the bench.
The controversial standardized tests are set to be used in third-grade through eighth-grade public school classrooms next year.
The Louisiana Senate has agreed to prohibit unmanned aircraft from flying over chemical plants, water treatment systems, telecommunications networks and other items considered "critical infrastructure" in Louisiana.
It didn’t take long for KATC TV 3 to jump all over the news of a dead body found in Girard Park, but in its rush to produce headlines, the local TV station got sloppy.
An unholy trinity of civil-society upheavalers whose first names are not Conner, Tanner or Logan are facing charges in Eunice.