Frozen Concentrate were often dismissed by the punk crowd as hippie music, which was wholly inaccurate — not to mention kind of mean. In any case, the punks and everyone else making music then might have appreciated that Frozen Concentrate did as much as any band to build a credible local scene in the mid-1980s. They were atypically eclectic for their time (yes, it's an over- and mis-used word, but Its usage here can be defended), with a woman (Tina Maschi) writing and up front — more unusual still. They did their share of grueling tours, played benefits, and talked up the local scene every chance they got. And they released a full-length record of their own, something about 10% of their contemporaries could lay claim to. True, the recordings didn't capture the energy of their live sound (the curse of over-cautious engineering), but that was the case for most everyone back then (see also: Spiral Jetty, Wooden Soldiers).

Two memorable flyers here, both of which use the Frozen Concentrate logo, which I used to think was something only hardcore bands did in the 1980s (wrong again, oh well). The one on the right is noteworthy for its early use of Japanese graphic novel panels. The other has the minimalist reversed image — or is it scratchboard? — that I recall was commonly used in the band's publicity.

Frozen Concentrate
Frozen Concentrate