Phyllomedusa, the one, the only frogcore band


If you love frogs and toads, sympathize with their struggles, their vulnerabilities, their dreams, their nightmares, then consider Phyllomedusa the official spokesperson for the spirit of the frogs and toads of the world, and their misanthropic hatred for the human creatures. Too long have their legs gone on our plates. Thanks, San Francisco, it’s your god damned fault. Phyllomedusa doesn’t merely sing to you about frogs, they croak to you, they howl at you, they vomit their entrails at you. In snarls of face-melting blast beats, crunchy bass, detuned guitar mayhem and gutteral croaks and ribbits, the rage of the spirit of the frogs become real, become totemic.


This is an excellent showcase for Phyllomedusa. You would think that it might be hard to keep up a frogcore gimmick, and your assumption would be correct if you failed to account for the incredible power Phyllomedusa has in channeling frog and toad rage. There are over 100 releases. There are, I repeat, over ONE HUNDRED albums of ear-shredding, croaking chaos out there.


I’m not surprised. The frog is a tough, resourceful and spirited creature. A general rule of frogs: frogs eat anything smaller than frogs. Anything larger than frogs eat frogs. Frogs lead a life of danger and chaos you couldn’t begin to understand.


– Matsuo Basho



Old pond — frogs jumped in — sound of water.

Translated by Lafcadio Hearn

A lonely pond in age-old stillness sleeps . . .
Apart, unstirred by sound or motion . . . till
Suddenly into it a lithe frog leaps.

Translated by Curtis Hidden Page

Into the ancient pond
A frog jumps
Water’s sound!

Translated by D.T. Suzuki

The old pond;
A frog jumps in —
The sound of the water.

Translated by R.H. Blyth

An old pond —
The sound
Of a diving frog.

Translated by Kenneth Rexroth

Pond, there, still and old!
A frog has jumped from the shore.
The splash can be heard.

Translated by Eli Siegel

Old pond
and a frog-jump-in

Translated by Harold G. Henderson

The old pond, yes, and
A frog-jumping-in-the-
Water’s noise!

Translated by G.S. Fraser

The ancient pond
A frog leaps in
The sound of the water.

Translated by Donald Keene

old pond
frog leaping

Translated by Cid Corman

The old pond,
A frog jumps in:

Translated by Alan Watts

Breaking the silence
Of an ancient pond,
A frog jumped into water —
A deep resonance.

Translated by Nobuyuki Yuasa

The quiet pond
A frog leaps in,
The sound of the water.

Translated by Edward Seidensticker

The old pond —
A frog leaps in,
And a splash.

Translated by Makoto Ueda

old pond
a frog in-leaping

Translated by Cana Maeda

The old pond
A frog jumped in,

Translated by Allen Ginsberg

The old pond is still
a frog leaps right into it
splashing the water

Translated by Earl Miner & Hiroko Odagiri

old pond . . .
a frog leaps in
water’s sound

Translated by William J. Higginson

Old dark sleepy pool
quick unexpected frog
goes plop! Watersplash.

Translated by Peter Beilenson

Listen! a frog
Jumping into the stillness
Of an ancient pond!

Translated by Dorothy Britton

Old pond
leap — splash
a frog.

Translated by Lucien Stryk

The old pond;
A frog jumps in —
The sound of the water.

Translated by Robert Aitken

The old pond —
a frog jumps in,
sound of water.

Translated by Robert Hass

At the ancient pond
a frog plunges into
the sound of water

Translated by Sam Hamill

dark old pond
a frog plunks in

Translated by Dick Bakken

Ancient silent pond
Then a frog jumped right in
Watersound: kerplunk

Translated by John S. Major

old pond
a frog leaps in —
a moment after, silence

Translated by Ross Figgins

ancient is the pond —
suddenly a frog leaps — now!
the water echoes

Translated by Tim Chilcott


Translated by James Kirkup

old pond
a frog jumps into
the sound of water

Translated by Jane Reichhold

There once was a curious frog
Who sat by a pond on a log
And, to see what resulted,
In the pond catapulted
With a water-noise heard round the bog.

Translated by Alfred H. Marks

The old pond;

a frog jumps in —

the sound of the water.

Furu ike ya                Old pond!
kawazu tobikomu      frog jumps in
mizu no oto                water’s sound



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