Band of Frequencies put a little Sunray into our lives - playing Guru Life on Nov 4th
Award-winning Sunshine Coast act Band of Frequencies have released their latest single Sunray, and it’s a funk-laden, reggae-soaked stunner that is poised to become a favourite summer soundtrack for roots lovers.
The band have announced an east coast tour commencing November 2 and are looking forward to a solid run of dates stretching as far south as Sydney, encompassing multiple coastal regions along the way. As every member of the band pivots heavily around their love of the ocean, there are sure to be some surfing stops factored in.
Sunray draws on influences from the early 1970s such as New Orleans funk legends The Meters and soul music lord Stevie Wonder.
‘Innervisions by Stevie Wonder is a masterpiece in my opinion and it was definitely a reference point for sounds and rhythm parts in the verses of Sunray,’ says vocalist Shannon Carroll, ‘we’re tipping our hats to some of our all time favourite funk artists.’
The intention behind the song is simply to inspire people to feel uplifted and to want to move and dance. Sonically it incorporates the elements of funk, dub, roots and dreamy spaciousness that the band have become known and loved for. Lyrically it embodies the intrinsic human values that the band proudly live by.
Sunray is the band’s first recording at the newly established Yama-Nui recording studios on the Sunny Coast. The studio is a collaborative project between bass player / producer OJ Newcomb and producer Paulie B who is well know as the owner of the legendary and much loved Brisbane studio The Tanuki Lounge. Paulie B also plays bass with Bobby Alu, as well as The Beautiful Girls. The track was mixed by Melbourne engineer Damien Charles and mastered by Paul Blakey of 12th & Vine Studios, Gold Coast.
‘I wrote the lyrics to Sunray up near the lighthouse at Double Island Point. 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.' says Shannon. ‘Essentially Sunray is a personal reminder to tune in, visualise 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 into that source, that sanctuary, that space is super important.’
Band of Frequencies are positioning themselves as Australia’s premier ‘Jam Band’. The Jam Band culture originated in the 1960s with the Grateful Dead and features extended musical improvisations in live performances, ensuring that no show is ever the same. The movement is more widely recognised in California and incorporates influences as varied as jazz fusion, blues rock, 60s surf guitar sounds and 70s psychedelic rock.
Locals can get their Band of Frequencies fix on November 4th at Guru Life (Rosemount). $10 entry.