Feeling sad about a post-college breakup back in 2011, songwriter, Connor Frost, sought escape by starting a band in his parents’ basement, in a town outside of NYC. That project would later become Dizzy Bats.
After a decade of releases and a revolving door of members, Dizzy Bats have honed in on a sound reminiscent of late 90s and early 2000s punk pop, a la Alkaline Trio, Against Me!, and Say Anything. This is most evident with their latest release, as Hardbeat Mag described their single as follows: “With powerful alt-rock 1990s inspired instrumentalist, The Wonder Years-esque lyricism and a modern indie-punk expression, ‘Alone’ hits a spot right there in the feels.”
A prolific songwriter, Frost focuses on producing catchy melodies over subtly dissonant chord progressions to write about personal experiences, whether he reflects upon a failed relationship, or speaks to his childhood as an Asian American growing up in a conservative neighborhood. These accounts surfaced with Dizzy Bats’ latest release, and Frost spoke more specifically about them in his interviews with Galaxy Magazine’s POC in Punk series, as well as American Songwriter.
Over the course of ten years, Dizzy Bats have hit the road regularly, with countless tours throughout the US, as well as internationally in Mainland China, Taiwan, and Canada. They have opened for renowned bands and artists such as Vundabar, Andy Suzuki and the Method, The Vaughns, and Captain! We’re Sinking. Connor has been interviewed on ICRT, an international radio station based out of Taipei, Taiwan, as well as a variety of US and UK-based podcasts. In 2014, their song “Tell Me” was placed in an episode of an ESPN Brazilian skateboarding show.
Oceans in the Sky (formerly known as Mugen), Liam Frost’s high-energy solo project, began in 2013 with the release of his debut EP, Sparks. Since then, he has released singles, played solo and full band shows in China, Taiwan, and the U.S., and performed on TV and radio shows in Taiwan.
Back in New York City, Frost has assembled a band of all-stars (Connor Frost, Joe Anderson and Wonjoon Jang) to support his live show and signed to Fred Mascherino's (The Color Fred, Taking Back Sunday) Heading East Records. Oceans in the Sky will release five singles (and three music videos) before the debut album drops in January 2023.
The album is called ‘Parallels’ and spans countless genres with multilingual lyrics and catchy pop melodies but a punk energy throughout. Lyrically, the theme is no matter which side of the world Frost is on, he is looking for a sense of belonging. Musically, being biracial and multilingual/cultural, he sees parallels in Eastern and Western music and connects them.