Age of Anxiety was written and recorded between 2007 and 2010 in Christchurch, New Zealand. It is a semi-autobiographical work that covers a period in the life of rapper Jfrog the Virus.
Themes include drug abuse and mental illness, self loathing and youth disillusionment. Active on the underground Christchurch hiphop scene in the five years preceding the two earthquakes which decimated the city in the spring and summer of 2010 - 2011, Virus and his crew Tuchul Linguists (now Thirteenth Legion) performed often at local bars alongside various local luminaries, notably the Grymeworks crew.
Age of Anxiety is a culmination of these years, harking back also to Virus's early 20s - a formative period that shaped much of the decade that followed. The album was recorded and mixed by Virus at his home studio in St Albans and features fellow Tuchul Linguists crew members Repsac and Mr Diggler as well as Jay Roacher and Sammy Gallows from Grymeworks, and DJ Coach One and Topas of the German syndicate Knockoutking Produktion who, with Virus, are also members of the international crew Overseas Movement. Contributing producers include Christchurch artists Juddabarz, Nettsmoney, Vega, John Doe, Repsac and Sammy Gallows.
Age of Anxiety is a journey through a dark time in a young man's life - fraught with violence, cynicism and self destruction. Punctuated with humour and the occasional "rap for rap's sake" track, it is nevertheless an introspective album and remains thus throughout, concluding with a glimmer of hope in the optimistic lyrics of the title track.
Virus now lives in Auckland, New Zealand where he continues to work on various music projects.
released December 7, 2011
Thanks and love to...
Ollie and Matt - more than I can ever say. My brother Toby - you are an artist and a gentleman, and you’re bi-winning. Lucius - my star in the long dark night, I love you. Mum and Dad for believing in me and never giving up.
Juddy, Sam, Joel, Brahm and Jamie. Coach One for his seamless professionalism, Topas, Uhoh and The Producer (maybe we will meet one day). Jay Roacher (let’s get amongst it bro... rattle rattle) - you inspire me and I miss you.
Todd, thank you for being my number-one fan - the other three just don’t measure up. All who have come to our shows and supported us through the years - a thousand thanks. Special shout outs to Max, Sammy the Bull (remember the box of Export and No Big Deal?), Blair, Womble, Baz, Mason and Theo. Iks and Riz - just because. Marion for letting us use your house as an asylum. Anyone who has ever let me perform in their bar or played my songs on the radio, especially Kid90. Tourettes (the man), Tristan (down for the cause), Mike Pipes (early inspiration), Barry Bonza (later inspiration), Grymeworks (Chch for life).
And to Lauren, for telling me I’m whack - thank you for motivating me to put this album out. It will not make me rich or famous, but for every positive response it gets - I dedicate this work to you.