Sending out sound waves in arcing lines to peel along the shorelines of your mind.
Band of Frequencies rejoice in wild, improvisational instincts that have guided them to a unique position as one of Australia’s premier jam bands.
Combining irresistible grooves with environmental activism, wide-ranging creative collaborations with respected artists and a love of ocean, family and spontaneity, Band of Frequencies have been embraced as festival favourites the world over.
"Band of Freq’s make great music with an authentic social conscience, and put their minds, hearts and music where their mouths are. Everything they do is quality – quality people with integrity and genuine ethics delivering a message inside some really fantastic music,” says Woodford Folk Festival’s Chloe Goodyear. “When they incite you to rise up, speak out, it’s because they want you to rise up and speak out with them, they’re not just mouthing platitudes. When they ask you to appreciate the beauty of the world they’re asking you to look through the same lens they’re using as they travel the world creating their laidback activist empire. If you look into the background of what Band of Frequencies are doing, you can see where these choruses come from, you can tell that they mean what they say. That’s kinda rare, totally refreshing, and it sounds bloody fantastic."
Beloved by the surfing community for their powerful and evocative surf movie soundtracks, Band of Frequencies have made several pilgrimages to California to explore the rich history of the ‘Jam Band’ ethos. Their soundtrack to Cyrus Sutton’s 2008 film “Under the Sun” was released through California’s Ubiquity Records. Their latest album, the soundtrack to Foxtel History Channel documentary ‘Men of Wood & Foam’ (2016), saw them delving into the sounds of the ‘50's Soul Jazz, ‘60s Surf Guitars, ‘70s Psychedelia and Folk Rock for the theme song.
“There are plenty of accomplished musicians out there. But only a few manage to attain a state where they become a finely tuned antennae to swirling cosmic forces, channelling unseen spiritual energies and transforming a live music performance into a transcendental experience,” says noted surf writer Tim Baker. “I know, I’m gushing, but I just happen to believe Band of Frequencies and their other-worldly frontman are that good. Catch them if you can.”
With collective improvisation at the core of their sound, Band of Frequencies craft songs to fulfil three main roles: Album, broadcast and live performance. “Initially we record a concise, yet not hurried, arrangement that compliments the long play album experience,” explains front man Shannon Sol Carroll. “When we release songs, we provide shorter ‘radio edits’ for broadcast purposes and then, lastly, we extend the live versions with signal-based arrangements, giving us the freedom to improvise and adapt to the environment we are performing in.”
Band of Frequencies have remained proudly independent, releasing music via their own label, ‘Low Pressure Productions’, and continue to create at their own pace and by their own rules.
(Full LPP catalogue via www.bandcamp.lowpressureproductions.com | BOF full catalogue via www.bandcamp.bandoffreqs.com)
'SUNRAY' SINGLE LAUNCH ~ OCT 19 2018
The latest single release by ‘Band of Frequencies’, Sunray, is an uplifting summery tune blending elements of reggae, funk, riff-ology and a dreamy psychedelic chorus. It was recorded at ‘Yama-Nui' recording studio on the Sunshine Coast by Band of Frequencies bassist OJ Newcomb and mixed in Melbourne by musician and well know live & studio engineer Damien Charles (Red Eyes / Blue King Brown / Coda Chroma).
"Essentially ‘Sunray’ is a personal reminder to tune in, visualize what I perceive to be the essence of existence and stay connected to that vision. In amongst a hectic schedule there can be limited opportunities to have ‘time out’ so tapping in to that source, that sanctuary, that space is super important"
“I wrote the lyrics to ‘Sunray’ up near the lighthouse at Double Island Point whilst on a family getaway having just come home from being on tour. They came about through reflecting on the things that bring me joy: My family. The Ocean. Being immersed in nature. Living in sync with the tides, wind and waves. These simple things always refresh my perspective and reassert what I am truly grateful for in this life.” explains frontman and lyricist Shannon Sol Carroll
Sunray: Band of Frequencies.
Lyrics: Shannon Sol Carroll
It’s a game. It’s a gift.
I feel the rise, feel the lift.
There’s another way.
Every night every day, (x2)
On a wheel, on a wing
Let it roll, let it bring
Us another day.
I’m alive. I’m awake. (x2)
Float through changes.
In dreams I see the sea in dreams.
Now I breathe in, underwater caves again.
Seems so free, so free it seems.
Now I breathe in, in between the waves again.
In the rain up the beach
I’m out of range out of reach
On a summer day.
Not a soul anywhere (x2)
Am I dreaming?
Fine lines in the sand
From beyond human hands
Wash away everything (x2)
All or nothing.
Let it play then fall away
Like the seasons they need no reasons to change.
I feel renewed, this life imbued
With the reasons I’m following the winds of change.
Sunray lights up my mind again.
Coming of the dawn.
Pathway under my feet again.
Passing of the storm.
Full LPP catalogue via ~ www.bandcamp.lowpressureproductions.com
BOF full catalogue via ~ www.bandcamp.bandoffreqs.com
Lead Vocals & Guitar: Shannon Sol Carroll
Bass & Bv: Oj ‘the Juice’ Newcomb
Keyboards & Bv: Andrew Szumowski
Guitar & Bv: Brodie Graham
Drums: Adam Felton
QMA – Winner (Blues & Roots) 2012
Vissla & Volkswagen Aus Surf Pro, Sydney (AUS) 2018
Queensland Music Festival, Nambour (AUS) 2017
Screenwave International Film Festival, Coffs Harbour (AUS) 2017
Noosa International Film Festival, Noosa (AUS) 2017
Red Deer Festival, Brisbane (AUS) 2017
9ft & Single Festival DEUS, Bali (INDO) 2017
Noosa Festival of Surfing (AUS) 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
The Planting Festival (AUS) 2017
Augusta River Festival, West Oz (AUS) 2016
Woodford Folk Festival (AUS) 2009, 2010, 2011 & 2012
Caloundra Music Festival (AUS) 2012, 2014 & 2015
Smoke on the Water ‘Ceramics’ Festival (AUS) 2016
Sea & Sound Festival (Mooloobaba) 2014
Falls Festival Byron Bay (AUS) 2014
USA TransparentSea Voyage Tour #2, California (2013)
- San Fran, Santa Cruz, LA, Encinitas (Patagonia Store)
Mullum Music Fest (AUS) 2010 & 2012
Quicksilver Pro - Show Surf Festival, Gold Coast (AUS) 2006 & 2008
IslandVibe Festival (AUS) 2006
Splendor In the Grass Festival (AUS) 2006
Tenerriffe Festival, Brisbane (AUS) 2012
Byron Bay Festival of Surfing (AUS) 2014 & 2016
w/ Donnovan Frankenreiter & G LOVE
Nannup Festival, West Oz (AUS) 2012, 2014
[OCT – DEC 2011]
Billabong \'Banzai\' Pipe Masters, Hawaii (USA)
North Shore Film Festival, Hawaii (USA)
- Surfer Bar, Turtle Bay w/ Donovan Frankenreiter
TransparentSea Voyage/Tour (USA) 23 Days
Major sponsors - Billabong & Sanuk
Santa Barbara / Malibu Inn, Malibu, CA / Dana Point / San Diego
Cosmic Creek Festival, Laguna, CA (USA)
- w/ Donovan Frankenreiter
Brisbane Festival, QLD (AUS) 2011
Sound Support Event, Coloundra, QLD (AUS) 2011
- w/ John Butler Trio (JBT)
Surf & Sound Tour, Tokyo (Japan) 2009
Tokyo / Fukushima / Chiba / Shonan
Cosmic Creek Festival, Laguna, CA (USA) 2006
Switch-Foot book tour, California (USA) 2006
Belly Up, Solana Beach, CA / Coach House, San Juan Capistrano, CA
DISCOGRAPHY -> https://lowpressureproductions.bandcamp.com
MEN OF WOOD & FOAM (released on FOXTEL - 2016)
The original soundtrack to Men of Wood & Foam was written and recorded in three days and reflects three decades of surf inspired sounds. With the story of the Australian surfboard pioneers known as ‘The Brookvale Six’ being the focus of the documentary, we were given a framework to lay down our interpretations of surf music from the 50s, 60s and 70s. Music has always been an intrinsic element within the surfing subculture, so it was fun to explore some of the sounds associated with those eras.
MINDS IN THE WATER
Minds in the Water and the MITW Visual Petition are teamed in a global awareness campaign dedicated to the conservation of marine mammals and the world’s oceans. It’s through insightful multimedia content such as cinematic and pictorial elements from which the voices of ocean minded people everywhere are heard.
We hope to inspire you to seek ways to call attention to the state of the world’s oceans and how we can keep them healthy for generations to come…
THE TRANSPARENTSEA VOYAGE
The Transparentsea Voyage, like the marine mammals that swim in the sea and communicate through sound & song, this documentary takes the viewer on a sensory journey of the making of 23 songs in 23 days all while exploring by sea and land, one of the most populated coastlines in the world, Southern California...
The Transparentsea Voyage highlights the efforts of a group of athletes, musicians, celebrities and artists on a campaign aimed at focusing attention on coastal environmental issues. Witness the trip unfold through the creation of song as this “behind the music” look at focused activism revealed how our connection to the planet changed and educated the participants involved as well as those that followed the journey from around the world.
Shannon Sol Carroll recorded tracks & appeared in the West African section of ‘The Present’, a film by Thomas Campbell.
LIFE LIKE LIQUID
The soundtrack to \'Life Like Liquid\' is a collaboration featuring some of Australia\'s greatest surfing musicians and was produced by Oj Newcomb & Sol Carroll from the Band Of Frequencies. The film/documentary by Dave Rastovich explores the peak experiences shared by surfing and creating improvised music.
There was over a dozen musicians at the 2 weeks recording, a collective now known as Low Pressure Sound System.
UNDER THE SUN
Soundtrack to ‘Under the Sun’ ’08 a film by Cyrus Sutton. Released September 1st 2008. Double album soundtrack with Shawn Lee and Band Of Frequencies. www.lowpressureproductions.bandcamp.com/album/under-the-sun-soundtrack
For more comprehensive information on the Under the Sun Soundtrack, click below to be directed to the Tru Thoughts website in Europe.
The ground-breaking new documentary about Aboriginal land rights in Australia.
LAND :: CULTURE :: FREEDOM
featuring music by The Royal Dealers, Sol Carroll & Oj Newcomb (Band of Frequencies) & the Low Pressure Sound System. Along with John Butler & Yothu Yindi + More
“ This is a very important film that everyone needs to see… It will change your life.” JOHN BUTLER (Australia)
Toured & Performed live to Cinematic footage ‘Dolphin Glide’ by George Greenough. Patagonia Sponsored.
Soundtrack to ‘Believe’ a film by Mick Waters
5 Tracks for the Soundtrack to ‘The Hub’ a film by Christian Bailey
Tracks for a film by Tom Wegener on the Alaia style surfcraft.
In 2006 Sol & Oj visited Japan with Dave Rastovich, S4C, The Ocean Preservation Society (the creators of OSCAR award winning doco The Cove), SSCS, Rick O\'Barry and many more people to conduct a peaceful protest in Taiji Bay over the unnecessary killing of Dolphins. To find out more information about this trip click on the picture below.
31 DAYS / 31 WAYS
by Lauren L. Hill
Using the Fibonacci series by Dave Rastovich