Band of the Day: The Rockefeller Frequency

We certainly get around chasing up Band of the Day articles. Today, all way way from Down Under…

Simple things first – where are you guys from?

Brisbane, Australia

How did you meet? 

We went to school together. We’ve been friends for years, playing in different bands, doing different things but we all got back together to start this project, and it was pure gold right from the start, and we all knew it. 

How long have you been playing as a band? 

At least 10 years but I stopped counting. It might be 11. 

Before you get sick of being asked… where does the band name come from? 

In a roundabout kind of way, it’s a reference to conspiracy theories. It’s alluding to the existence of a method, or a device for controlling the masses, for nefarious purposes (obviously).  

What are your influences? 

Mostly heavy rock bands, but not exclusively heavy rock bands. We like Refused, At the Drive in, Violent Soho, The Strokes, Wombats, Nirvana, The Smiths, The Beatles. 

Describe your music. What makes you unique? 

We put an acceptable level of effort into creating catchy rock songs. It’s upbeat rock music, with some dark themes, some light-hearted themes, and some killer guitar riffs.  

Do you have any particular lyrical themes? 

Yes. I’m told they can be quite dark, a little sombre. I got all tangled up in conspiracy theories a few years ago and it fried my circuits a little bit, and bled through a lot of my lyrics. Little fragments stuck in everything, but I like it that way. I like to think it’s quite political too, but when it’s so fragmented, it can be challenging to find any form of cohesive theme or message with a standard functioning brain. 

What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played? 

We’ve played heaps of gigs over the years. We approach playing live with a simple plan of attack. We want to kill every time. So we rehearse, we get it sounding tight, and we rock out hard. Simple.

What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show? 

One time when we played the Enmore Theatre in Sydney, I took my tie off. 

What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.? 

Drums are 1970’s Rogers with Paiste and Sabian Cymbals.

We use Fender guitars (Mexican Telecaster and Mexican Jazz Bass) with Rivera and Ampeg amps. 

What, if anything, are you plugging/promoting at the moment? 

Our debut album Chemicals, released March 16, 2020. It is something we’ve worked on for a couple of years now, having written and recorded the entire thing ourselves. We’ve taken a real DIY path, not relying on any outside contingency to make it happen. It’s an upbeat rock ‘n’ roll record, with lots of dark themes, catchy hooks and killer guitar riffs.  

What are your plans for 2020? 

We are releasing our album ‘Chemicals’, and touring in support of it. We will most likely start recording our next album soon enough. It’s good fun and we’ve got a lot of love to give the world. 

If you were second on a three-band bill, which band would you love to be supporting and which band would you choose to open for you? A chance to plug someone you’ve toured with, or a mate’s band we’ve not heard of before! 

We’d love to be supporting Violent Soho (our fave Aussie band), with Zone 35 as the opening act. Those guys are weird and awesome.

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