Basic Behaviour

Frigs - Basic Behaviour
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2018 Ratings: #512 / 829
User Score
Based on 38 ratings
2018 Ratings: #855
February 23, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Arts & Crafts / Label
Post-Punk / Genres
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NOW Magazine
These details – textures, feelings and moods translated into sonic imprints – elevate the work to a cohesive and impressive debut. It’s proof that taking time, both in creation and in listening and metabolizing an album, is more valuable than ever.
Even as they strain between varying poles, Frigs still manage to find moments of great, if sombre, beauty. That’s not basic at all.

The real test that Basic Behaviour had to pass was whether or not these fresh Arts and Crafts signees could harness the lurch and atmosphere of their live shows. Meticulously put together over a 16 month stretch, split between Union Sound in Toronto's east end and the band's home studio space, FRIGS managed to not muck it up. They cast the net and caught it.


A commanding, confident debut, Basic Behaviour goes well beyond the ordinary.

Northern Transmissions
The end result is a band showcasing a sound that’s as raw and uncompromising as ever, though this time with a bit more sheen and polish.
A.V. Club

FRIGS have a rare, impulsive energy that pushes every one of Basic Behaviour’s songs to unexpected places, and a captivating frontwoman in Bria Salmena.


FRIGS have been described many ways: “swamp rock,” “sludge-pop,” “doom and atmospheric gloom.” Most frequently, though, they’re compared to PJ Harvey and Sonic Youth. The Toronto band makes no attempt to mask those influences on its debut LP, Basic Behaviour—indeed, they’re cited in FRIGS’ own press releases—and their presence can at times be stifling, like a fragrance that lingers long after someone has left the room.

No Ripcord
Fronted by Bria Salmena's gnarled sing-speak, FRIGS half-convincingly communicate their agitation over piercing shards of noise.
When i looked at this cover art at first i though it's The Life Of Pablo released again XD.
It's disappointing when the first thing that comes to mind when listening to a new bad are all of their potential influences. On "Basic Behaviour," the debut of LP for the Toronto four-piece FRIGS, I immediately heard Sonic Youth and Fiona Apple. It's difficult not to hear those influences on opening track "Doghead," with its scratching guitars and lead singer Bria Salmena's snarling delivery, especially at the track's conclusion. FRIGS's particular strength rests in their ... read more
I’m being generous - tough listen
Post-punk is such a hard genre to like, but Bria really channels Kurt Cobain and Kim Gordon...
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Track List

  1. Doghead
  2. Talking Pictures
  3. Waste
  4. Solid State
  5. Gemini
  6. I
  7. II
  8. Heavyweights
  9. Chest
  10. Trashyard
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Added on: January 11, 2018