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 formed in 2005 and includes Shannon Sol Carroll, OJ Newcomb, Andrew Szumowski, Adam Felton and Brodie Graham. The guys will be hitting the road to tour the east coast off the back of their single release, with a gig at Guru Life on November 4 sure to satiate hometown fans.
Vocalist Mr Carroll says Sunray draws on influences from the early 1970s such as New Orleans funk legends The Meters and soul music pioneer 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,” he says.
“We’re tipping our hats to some of our all-time favourite funk artists.”
The intention behind the song is to inspire people to feel uplifted and to move and dance. Sonically it incorporates the elements of funk, dub and roots that the band has become known and loved for. Lyrically it embodies intrinsic human values.
“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 and living in sync with the tides, wind and waves,” Mr Carroll says.
“These simple things refresh my perspective and reassert what I am truly grateful for in this life.”
Band of Frequencies is at Guru Life on November 4 at 2pm. Tickets are $10 at the door.