Cody Frost’s debut single ‘Verbal Warnings’ introduces her as an artist with a singular, uncompromising outlook. It’s opening sets her accomplished yet charismatic vocals to unadorned piano, lulling the listener into a deceptive sense of what to expect. And then it pops like a sonic boom into a rebellious clash of electro-pop with punk attitude and metallic dynamics. By the timeCody signs off just three minutes later, she’s dropped a statement: this is an artist worth paying attention to. Listen HERE.
Cody’s lyrics are born from her own experiences: heady highs and crashing lows, despair and disillusionment, self-care and catharsis. They’re stories which feel real simply because they are real. ‘Verbal Warnings’ is Cody’s lyrical ‘fuck you’ to a boss who assumed that she’d tolerate his condescension for the sake of her job. Unsurprisingly, it turned out he was wrong.
“I used to work in a kids soft play area that was part of a pub,” she explains. “My boss there was an absolute douchebag who just lived for his job, which made me so angry. The only way I could channel that anger was to write a song about him and people like him in general – those people who think they’re superior to you because they’ve got a company car and think they’re set for life.”
Although she’s just 21-years-old, Cody already has a wealth of experiences to draw on. She grew up in Burnley, where she lived in a pub that was subject to repeated break-ins. That manifested itself in insomnia, which in turn led to depression and anxiety. She never felt safe, so always had a baseball bat to hand.
Her escape was music, and by her early teens she was posting covers of songs by Frank Ocean, Nirvana and Slipknot