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    Posted: March 01 2011 at 11:23
Originally posted by Jem on forum

Hello all,

Thereís not really an easy way to say this, so Iíll just say it. Iíve decided to suspend the Frost project with immediate effect. If this were somebody elseís band, Iíd just say I was leaving, it would be so much easier, but itís not so easy when youíve created the band in the first placeÖ

The reasons are many - I donít feel comfortable any longer in the role of singer/front man/keyboard player/principle songwriter/principle cheque writer. Truth be told, I never have. Itís all got a bit out of hand from the gently self-mocking studio project I started for fun in a shed in East Sussex in May 2004 when I was young and happy and it was always sunny.

More than that though, trying to juggle two full time careers as I have over the last 7 years has been a tough ask and has ultimately become a price to high to pay in certain areas of my life. One of which is my health. Iíve been to a very dark place over the last 8 days and ended up in a pretty bad way. Although Iím now emerging out the other side (a stone lighter into the bargain), I have realised that I have some serious issues I must address. Iím no longer young, Iím no longer happy and the sun is no longer shining.

These issues have made me realise that life is sometimes about doing what you must do when the time comes regardless of what other people might want or expect of you. Some things are bigger than music or bands, expectation or disappointment. Figuratively speaking, Iíve now been given a yellow card and my priority now is to get myself back together before I get sent off for good.

So what now?

Nothing. Iím going to go to ground for a bit. Be private. Grow some veg. Get well.

And reflect. Itís been an amazing journey full of brilliant moments. Too many to list, Iím sorry itís stopped like this, so abruptly, but Iíve been at my wits end lately and Iím no use to anybody in an urn.

I hope youíll understand. Thank you for being brilliant.

Jem.


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Post Options Post Options   Quote TheGazzardian Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 01 2011 at 11:50
Poor guy - I've been going through similar conflicts with my business lately, though not to the same degree. Frost* has already made their impact, hope Jem recovers and is happy again soon.
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Wishing Jem a speedy recovery. A very talented guy. Hopefully we'll hear more from him at some point, in whatever form that may take.
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I read this with a heavy heart, but I wish him all the best. I know first hand that health has to come before anything, however brilliant that 'anything' may be.
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Best of luck JEM, you're absolutely right to take the action when its not working for you.
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That's one hell of a shame, but I do have massive sympathy with him. I have recently packed in a lifetime lay trade union "career" for exactly the same reasons. Health and family must come first.


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Sad to hear but glad he is getting better and has his priorities correct. Health must come first.

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Good for him with so many people burning out & dropping dead in this crazy world.
Be Well Jem

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Frost* is excellent. Here's to Jem's well being. 
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Post Options Post Options   Quote npjnpj Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 02 2011 at 00:31
Doesn't say very much. does it? He's had health problems, but he only hints at the causes and that's what would interest me.
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Here's hoping he gets well soon.
 
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jem, thanks for the music. it was awesome!

 
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Porcupinetheater Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 07 2011 at 20:18
I love Frost*, but if Jem isn't feeling up to the music, than I think it's best he take as much time as he need from it in general. He's already made Milliontown, for Christ sake, and I thank him whole-heartedly for that contribution. Hope he gets better quite soon.
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Get well Jem . BTW  The Philadelphia Experiment is a great swansong

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Well, the good news is that Frost* have recently (11th December according to facebook) released a DVD/CD package called 'The Rockfield Files' consisting of live performances taped in Rockfield Studios in Wales. Magenta's Rob Reed has been working with the band on this, and he has uploaded this promo of the project to his YouTube channel:
 
 
A new album is also being made called "Six Minutes In SeptemberĒ - the original plan for which was to release it in 2 bits, 6 months apart. Since announcing that idea, however, Jem was informed that The Tangent and Big Big Train were already doing something similar, so Jem has now decided to release the whole thing as an actual, proper double album all at the same time.
 
No indication of when at the moment though.
 
 
It features five Frost* songs taken from Milliontown and Experiments In Mass Appeal plus a new song, 'Heartstrings', an acoustic session featuring the songs 'Lantern' and 'Black Light Machine', plus (on the DVD) an interview with Jem Godfrey and John Mitchell. Proceeds will be used to fund production of the new album.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote richardh Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 16 2013 at 16:53
Great news. Frost are one of the most talented prog bands around. I need to dig out that album with the red telephone box on..
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Six Minutes in September had better arrive before, well, September. I've been dying for that album for a very long time.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote richardh Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 20 2013 at 01:49
I've placed an order. Nice Christmas present to myselfBig smile
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Post Options Post Options   Quote richardh Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 21 2013 at 14:45
Received the DVD and CD package today.Amazing turnaroud given the time of year. Bowdown

Honestly this is the most enjoyable DVD I've seen and listened to in a long time. Make no bones about it that this is a prog supergroup and also the best there is at the moment imo. Jem is refreshingly honest about his music and has some very amusing and cutting observations about the 'prog scene'. John Mitchell is a lot of fun as well. Most importingly the music is simply brilliant. GET IT!!
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