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How Indie Rock Band Night Frog Started in a Shed Are Ready to Take on the World
Written by:
Kaitlin Barnett

The drummer enjoys Green Day and bands like Night Ranger which shapes his songwriting whereas the singer enjoys bands like Pink Floyd and Queen which shapes his songwriting. When you throw it all together in the pot it creates a unique sound from originals to covers alike.”

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Night Frog is the Indie Band that started in a hot shed and is now captivating audiences with driving guitars and raw energy. Night Frog is able to put together many different styles into one beautiful crafted album that you can’t help but jam your head too. We are very excited to welcome Night Frog to the MVMT! They’re a rock band including Noah Schultz, Sam Slavinsky, Alex Pfeifer, and William Tarleton. Let’s take a look behind the scenes...

Quick little intro about yourselves, and your origin story?

The group is from Aliquippa in Beaver County. We started in the summer of 2014, freshmen in high school, in a hot shed at the singer's house. We were literally garbage! That first day we played Crocodile Rock and Fortunate Son. We had no microphones, the drummer was playing with marching band heads, and the singer was playing through a 5-watt amplifier with an acoustic-electric guitar. We certainly started from the bottom. When it comes to our name we were originally called "The Apparitions". The name was pretty decent until we found that there were four other popular groups with the same name. We retired the name after a crappy show and after much debate we decided on the name "Night Frog". It was unique, stuck in people's heads, and could bring imagery to people's minds.

Where are some of your inspirations as a garage rock band?

As a garage-rock band we were inspired by all of the classics. We all enjoy groups like the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and more. However, our individual interests shape the songwriting. The drummer enjoys Green Day and bands like Night Ranger which shapes his songwriting whereas the singer enjoys bands like Pink Floyd and Queen which shapes his songwriting. When you throw it all together in the pot it creates a unique sound from originals to covers alike.

What was building a studio like and what were some of your struggles?

We built the studio in the singer's basement. We had no space for drums so we had to use electronic drums which turned out much better than expected. With being young guys we had to do a lot of research to figure out how Logic Pro X worked and what equipment we needed to record. For about $1500-$2000 the album turned out well.

What do you love most about being an indie musician?

As indie musicians, we love being able to define our own sound. You aren't necessarily pigeon-holed into one genre. Indie allows you to create your own sound from all the genres. We include classic rock, soft rock, progressive rock, folk rock, jazz and more into our own music.

What are some of your struggles as an indie musician?

Some struggles include finding where we fit in and marketing ourselves. We are from Beaver County, so rock isn't necessarily the main interest. It's a blues and country area. The few shows we have done in Pittsburgh have gone over very well as the crowd is more geared to indie music. Another difficult item is that as independent musicians we have to schedule all shows. It was hard to make connections to do this and is still a challenge we face today.

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What's your definition of success as an indie musician?

While not unique to an indie musician, success for us is working as hard as we can while still enjoying what we are doing. Hard work is what brought us to where we are at today. It's easy to have your sights set on the top of the mountain, but you end up not enjoying the journey to get there. We have all agreed that if we stop enjoying it we will pause the band.

Any advice for up-and-coming indie musicians?

As up-and-coming indie musicians, I would encourage new groups to set goals for themselves, even if unrealistic. If goals aren't set it's easy to not work hard. In addition, don't be turned off if you’re musically not the greatest. Practice makes perfection in a band.

What's some of the current music, books, comedy, TV shows, movies, wacky sports, or any other activities you've been engaging in lately?

Currently, I (Noah Schultz) have gotten into Billy Joel's albums "The Stranger" and "52nd Street". I've also started reading "It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life of Love and War" by Lynsey Addario. The band has been watching "Rick and Morty" and recently saw "The Force Awakens" together. Oh, and after pretty much every practice we go out to eat, mainly at Steak n' Shake.

Craziest/funniest/weirdest tour/concert story?

This story actually just happened on July 22nd, 2017. We were playing at Barney's Bar and Grille in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania. Our now former drummer was preparing to leave for the Navy, so this was a send-off show for him. The patio area was basically filled while we played our sets. About halfway through our first hour this guy in his mid-20s started filming us, literally 2 feet away from us. At break he told us how he had "200 people" watching and recorded our last show too and got great hits. Mind you he was also reeking from alcohol. He then asked if we did any heavy metal, something he asked five times that night. The second hour set starts and the drummer's father has to ask the guy three times to move so he can film his son. It's understandable considering it's his son's last show. We finish the set and they ask for an encore and we start playing. He grabbed the microphone between songs and I grabbed it back. After the show, shortly after I talked with my family, the guy disappears. We find out the next day an hour after we left he punched a cook, there was a fight, and the cops were called on the guy.

Anything else you want to add? Go ham! Give us anything cool you want to share!

We would encourage anybody interested to check out the album "Ready, Set, Stop." that we just released in June. If you like bands like Weezer, the Beatles, and more you will enjoy it. It's available on our website and CD Baby.

Follow Night Frog on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram. Don’t forget to check our their website too!

Give their energetic music a listen on Spotify, Soundcloud, iTunes, and CDBaby.

How Indie Rock Band Night Frog Started in a Shed Are Ready to Take on the World
How Indie Rock Band Night Frog Started in a Shed Are Ready to Take on the World

The drummer enjoys Green Day and bands like Night Ranger which shapes his songwriting whereas the singer enjoys bands like Pink Floyd and Queen which shapes his songwriting. When you throw it all together in the pot it creates a unique sound from originals to covers alike.”

Front 5.png

Night Frog is the Indie Band that started in a hot shed and is now captivating audiences with driving guitars and raw energy. Night Frog is able to put together many different styles into one beautiful crafted album that you can’t help but jam your head too. We are very excited to welcome Night Frog to the MVMT! They’re a rock band including Noah Schultz, Sam Slavinsky, Alex Pfeifer, and William Tarleton. Let’s take a look behind the scenes...

Quick little intro about yourselves, and your origin story?

The group is from Aliquippa in Beaver County. We started in the summer of 2014, freshmen in high school, in a hot shed at the singer's house. We were literally garbage! That first day we played Crocodile Rock and Fortunate Son. We had no microphones, the drummer was playing with marching band heads, and the singer was playing through a 5-watt amplifier with an acoustic-electric guitar. We certainly started from the bottom. When it comes to our name we were originally called "The Apparitions". The name was pretty decent until we found that there were four other popular groups with the same name. We retired the name after a crappy show and after much debate we decided on the name "Night Frog". It was unique, stuck in people's heads, and could bring imagery to people's minds.

Where are some of your inspirations as a garage rock band?

As a garage-rock band we were inspired by all of the classics. We all enjoy groups like the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and more. However, our individual interests shape the songwriting. The drummer enjoys Green Day and bands like Night Ranger which shapes his songwriting whereas the singer enjoys bands like Pink Floyd and Queen which shapes his songwriting. When you throw it all together in the pot it creates a unique sound from originals to covers alike.

What was building a studio like and what were some of your struggles?

We built the studio in the singer's basement. We had no space for drums so we had to use electronic drums which turned out much better than expected. With being young guys we had to do a lot of research to figure out how Logic Pro X worked and what equipment we needed to record. For about $1500-$2000 the album turned out well.

What do you love most about being an indie musician?

As indie musicians, we love being able to define our own sound. You aren't necessarily pigeon-holed into one genre. Indie allows you to create your own sound from all the genres. We include classic rock, soft rock, progressive rock, folk rock, jazz and more into our own music.

What are some of your struggles as an indie musician?

Some struggles include finding where we fit in and marketing ourselves. We are from Beaver County, so rock isn't necessarily the main interest. It's a blues and country area. The few shows we have done in Pittsburgh have gone over very well as the crowd is more geared to indie music. Another difficult item is that as independent musicians we have to schedule all shows. It was hard to make connections to do this and is still a challenge we face today.

ae1f55_b3dc782895a74be3b2e3a633733bee25-mv2_d_5184_3456_s_4_2.jpg

What's your definition of success as an indie musician?

While not unique to an indie musician, success for us is working as hard as we can while still enjoying what we are doing. Hard work is what brought us to where we are at today. It's easy to have your sights set on the top of the mountain, but you end up not enjoying the journey to get there. We have all agreed that if we stop enjoying it we will pause the band.

Any advice for up-and-coming indie musicians?

As up-and-coming indie musicians, I would encourage new groups to set goals for themselves, even if unrealistic. If goals aren't set it's easy to not work hard. In addition, don't be turned off if you’re musically not the greatest. Practice makes perfection in a band.

What's some of the current music, books, comedy, TV shows, movies, wacky sports, or any other activities you've been engaging in lately?

Currently, I (Noah Schultz) have gotten into Billy Joel's albums "The Stranger" and "52nd Street". I've also started reading "It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life of Love and War" by Lynsey Addario. The band has been watching "Rick and Morty" and recently saw "The Force Awakens" together. Oh, and after pretty much every practice we go out to eat, mainly at Steak n' Shake.

Craziest/funniest/weirdest tour/concert story?

This story actually just happened on July 22nd, 2017. We were playing at Barney's Bar and Grille in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania. Our now former drummer was preparing to leave for the Navy, so this was a send-off show for him. The patio area was basically filled while we played our sets. About halfway through our first hour this guy in his mid-20s started filming us, literally 2 feet away from us. At break he told us how he had "200 people" watching and recorded our last show too and got great hits. Mind you he was also reeking from alcohol. He then asked if we did any heavy metal, something he asked five times that night. The second hour set starts and the drummer's father has to ask the guy three times to move so he can film his son. It's understandable considering it's his son's last show. We finish the set and they ask for an encore and we start playing. He grabbed the microphone between songs and I grabbed it back. After the show, shortly after I talked with my family, the guy disappears. We find out the next day an hour after we left he punched a cook, there was a fight, and the cops were called on the guy.

Anything else you want to add? Go ham! Give us anything cool you want to share!

We would encourage anybody interested to check out the album "Ready, Set, Stop." that we just released in June. If you like bands like Weezer, the Beatles, and more you will enjoy it. It's available on our website and CD Baby.

Follow Night Frog on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram. Don’t forget to check our their website too!

Give their energetic music a listen on Spotify, Soundcloud, iTunes, and CDBaby.

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