True believers in sounds beyond boundaries, Band of Frequencies draw their influences from a vast spectrum of roots, rock, electronic and psychedelic styles. Their signature blend comes from years of live experimentation, constantly pushing their influences into the creative fires to see what melts, what explodes and what merges. They have now successfully forged a bond of sonic elements that represents their coastal roots and strikes a chord in the hearts of passionate music lovers around the globe. It’s this quality that has led to invitations to grace the stages of diverse festivals, at home and abroad, and to record soundtracks to several internationally released surf films.
The name Band of Frequencies refers to the concept that each person vibrates at a certain frequency, with the lowest being fear and hate and the highest being love and compassion. Like radio and TV stations, we also broadcast our particular band of frequencies at any given moment. ‘We are just a Band of Freqs doing our thing to raise the collective frequency through sound.’
Band of Frequencies’ 2012 release Rise like the Sun is a potent and honest collection of songs that speak volumes about their intriguing journey. ‘This album represents an evolution towards truth and a documentation of all the stages along the way,’ says lead singer/songwriter Shannon Sol Carroll. ‘From devastating heartbreak, through escapism and self-protection into letting go, facing fears, stepping up and truly living wholeheartedly, this album is the most raw and complete reflection of life’s experiences I have ever written by far.’
Recorded straight to tape at Blackbox studios by Jeff Lovejoy, the album is masterfully produced and sonically weaves an eclectic range of styles into a unified record that will stand the test of time. A longtime collaborator with Band of Frequencies, Jeff has enhanced the band’s signature blend of progressive roots/rock with a timeless yet innovative approach while maintaining the raw live sound of the band.
Rise like the Sun features the award-winning single Golden, which was voted best blues/roots song at the QLD Music Awards 2012. The track depicts a unique glimpse into the quintessential Sunny Coast lifestyle. Written while out in the surf as the sun sets through the golden haze from the sugarcane fires on a clear winter afternoon, this coastal roots classic glowingly reflects on maintaining an attitude of gratitude. Through sharing a poignant watery reprieve from the hustle and bustle, Golden subtly reminds us to appreciate every passing moment, to enjoy the gloriousness of our natural environment, to let go of life’s complexities and simply go with the flow.
Rise Like The Sun also includes the title track Minds in the water, a documentary rising into action for ocean conservation alongside other artists including Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jack Johnson, Xavier Rudd, Ash Grunwald, Allendig, Will Conner, Valleys and Tim Flood.
Band of Frequencies with Dallas James, The Grains and Waxhead will play the Hotel Great Northern in Byron B ay on Friday.