Road Waves Hop To It With Frog Rock

Jump in with both feet and enjoy the Ontario jammer's nine-minute shape-shifter.

Road Waves take a quantum leap with their epic musical adventure Frog Rock — showcasing today on Tinnitist.

The Ontario trio’s latest single lives up to its name, outlining the story of a frog who can’t wait to go to his favourite rock. In typical Road Waves fashion, the bouncy tune lasts for more than nine minutes, with catchy melodies and lyrics interwoven into the upbeat vibe and shape-shifting, horn-topped arrangement.

When he penned the song, singer-guitarist Ji Sharp said its playfulness was a way for him to cope. “I wrote Frog Rock with the intention of bringing more lighthearted fun into the world,” he explained. “As life became increasingly dark and challenging for me, I felt compelled to create something that had a no hidden agenda or profound message — although one could argue that the absence of such is a statement itself.”

Turning to light to shield from darkness, Sharp penned lyrics that infuse a child-like wonder with nuances that adults can appreciate:

“Hoppin’ in the trees, and bouncing on the canopy
Sittin’ on the forest floor, waiting for my morning feed
Glistening in the breeze, Diptera in the atmosphere
Lots of things to eat, I finally found my place to be.”

“While many musicians choose to write songs about love or heartbreak, I wanted to create a story that could be enjoyed by everyone,” he said. “From toddlers to the elderly, I aimed to craft a tale centered around an endearing frog who simply wants to revel in his time on his little rock.”

Road Waves know a little about revelry. Since they emerged in 2014, performing live has been central to their identity. Over the last five years they have touring extensively across Canada and the United States with energetic, soulful, and funky shows that push the bar.

“Our shows are built on a philosophy of playing from our hearts and open minds, making for an exciting journey with a huge sound,” the band say. “The synergy with our audience is apparent from the start, and each time a song is played, it grows and develops as a better version of itself — much like the living being that is music.”

Check out Frog Rock above, hear more from Road Waves and see their upcoming tour dates below, and hop on over to their website, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and TikTok.

Road Waves Fall Tour

Oct. 20 | Terrestrial Brewing, Cleveland
Oct. 21 | Creative Barracks, Dunnville
Oct. 27 | Corktown Pub, Hamilton
Nov. 3 | Staney’s Pub, Cincinnati
Nov. 16 | Toucan Pub, Kingston
Nov. 18 | Jethro’s Bar, Peterborough
Nov. 23 | Meteor, Windsor
Nov. 25 | Heartwood Concert Hall, Owen Sound