1983, Prestwich, Manchester, England. Frost began his musical life in hardcore and emo bands but with no great success. He subsequently formed the Slowdown but, after becoming restless in a band format, decided to go solo. He enlisted the backing of the Slowdown Family, featuring Andrew Raven (guitar, vocals), Ben Perry (drums), Sadie Baker (keyboards, vocals), Pete Marshall (mandolin, violin, percussion) and John Baines (bass). After assembling the band Frost then set to work perfecting his scratchy indie folk sound, which bore certain similarities to the acoustic glee of Badly Drawn Boy. The full band started to gig around Manchester, in particular the seminal night Akoustik Anarky, at the Star & Garter. It was during this time that Frost was taken under the wing of Elbow singer and fellow Mancunian Guy Garvey, who told him to keep on writing songs and not to sign a record contract. Frost listened to one of the pieces of advice, however he did...