The irreverent Australian punk unit Frenzal Rhomb formed in 1993; their lineup includes vocalist Jason Whalley, guitarist Lindsay McDougal (a replacement for original guitarist Benjamin Costello), bassist Lex Feltham, and drummer Gordy Foreman (the third in a succession including Karl and Nat).
After touring as the support act while American punk bands Offspring, Bad Religion, and blink-182 were down under, the group released its first album, 1995's Coughing Up a Storm. Retitled Once a Jolly Swagman Always a Jolly Swagman, the album was issued on America's Liberation label two years later.
Hyped by NOFX's Fat Mike, Frenzal Rhomb became one of the biggest independent Australian bands with the release of their second album, Not So Tough Now. After headlining the Australian leg of the 1998 Vans Warped Tour (and being recruited for the American edition as well), the group released its third album, Meet the Family. A Man's Not a Camel followed in 1999 and Shut Your Mouth appeared two years later. Sans Souci came out on Fat Wreck in June 2003 and featured new bassist Tom Crease.
A subsequent worldwide tour brought Frenzal Rhomb to all corners of the globe, including stops in Taiwan, South Africa, Israel, the U.K., and Japan. In 2006, the group released Forever Malcolm Young, which debuted on the Australian charts at number three. For 2011's Smoko at the Pet Food Factory, Frenzal Rhomb traveled to the United States, where they recorded with producer (and Descendents drummer) Bill Stevenson. While health problems dogged Jason Whalley (a tapeworm egg made its way to his brain) and Gordy Foreman (he broke his arm after a stage dive went wrong) over the next several years, the group recovered and Frenzal Rhomb returned in 2017 with Hi-Vis High Tea. ~ John Bush, Rovi