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REVIEW: BAND OF FREQUENCIES - SOL TRAIN
Sol Train

Band Of Frequencies
Sol Train



Rise Like The Sun

Band Of Frequencies
Rise Like The Sun

Free Again - Digital Single

Band Of Frequencies
Free Again - Digital Single

Chris Cote, Transworld Surf USA


The Band Of Frequencies sound was a spiritual mix between vintage Santana and Xavier Rudd or something. All I know is that I, along with the rest of the fans in attendance was entranced.







Ash Grunwald



Band Of Frequencies are consummate musos, who don’t mind a good jam! They can effortlessly glide between grooves, flavours, melodies...even colours for that matter.




www.thisismodern.net



The grooves and beats on this album are second to none. They are funky, yet they still display a bit of chill. Although the album is heavy on the instrumental side, the lyrical end is great as well. In fact, they've even enlisted Australian blues sensation Ash Grunwald to sing and play on one track. Surfer Dave Rastovich, who is a good friend of the band, has also lent his musical talents to the album. These guys can be considered a jam band, but their music is not just about playing for hours. It's about making a connection between their lives and the lives of their listeners. The album even culminated with a 38+ minute song. B.O.F. are amazing musicians and this album is one that is a diamond in the rough. Once the rest of the world finds out about these guys, they are sure to take off.






US Surfing Magazine

Kicking off with bluesy grooves that have your body moving like an interpretive dancer, the album gradually melts into soothing Zen like instrumentals from a parallel universe. The culmination is a 38 minute exploration into the utterly soothing, featuring Dave Rastovich’s hung drums.

Michael McFadin, co-founder Ubiquity Records

Cyrus Sutton and I are S-T-O-K-E-D to be working with Band of Frequencies, their music crosses all genres in a very effective way. Sol Carroll’s guitar tones are the sh*t and their futuristic live audio / visual shows tie it all together with the audience. Equally as important, the first time I met these guys it felt like we were old friends--these are the kind of guys I like to surf and drink pints with ! 

Dave Atkins. Wolfmother. Resin Dogs.


If Hendrix was a keen surfer I’m sure he would have asked these boys to be in his backing band at one stage or another.






Rave magazine, Island Vibe Festival review

Rocking a mind blowing mix of blues, reggae and jazz are Byron Bay's Band of Frequencies.



Georgie Hannon USM events

You guys were one of the best live acts seen in Noosa ever, so thank you for your awesome sets and sounds.

Cyrus Sutton. Emmy Award winning film maker


The Band of Frequencies are a collective of musicians hailing from Byron Bay, Australia whose heavy grooving tapestry of rock, soul and ambient acoustics explore the inner-most reaches of the sonic realm.




Tim Baker - Surfing World

Sorting the wheat from the chaff, as the term “surf musician” gets flogged to within an inch of its life

Far from dead, as the late great Jimi Hendrix once proclaimed, surf music appears to be alive and well and morphing and evolving into a stunning variety of hybrid species. Jack Johnson’s new album, To The Sea, leaps straight to the top of the charts. Those dudes from Midnight Oil and Violent Femmes are calling themselves The Break, and playing surf twang ditties named after surf breaks (Cylinders, Winiki Pop, Massacres, get it?) Tom Curren, Donovan Frankenreiter, Beau and Nava Young, Timmy Curran,  Andrew Kidman and his Brown Birds, The Beautiful Girls, the astounding Goons of Doom - the list of surfers turned musoes is long and strange and getting longer and stranger. Everything from nuevo folk hippy warbling to thrash punk to speed metal can lay claim to the surf music tag these days.

Now, some of these folk are more musician than surfer, claiming the surf tag as an easy marketing contrivance. Some are more surfer than musician, bedroom noodlers who thought the muso makeover might add to their career CV and woo sponsors. Short of staging some kind of appalling battle of the surf bands shindig, with heats in the water by day and gigs by night, how do we begin to ajudge the genuine leaders of this dynamic cultural form? That is, top flight musicians who are also lifelong accomplished surfers. Despite my enormous fondness and regard for many of the afore-mentioned talents, I’d like to use this self-appointed platform to cast my vote for one Shannon “Sol” Carroll, and his various musical collaborations - Band of Frequencies, Affro-dizi-act, the Life Like Liquid soundtrack, and a vast catalogue of  irresistible, good-vibing tunes and memorable live performances.

I caught a recent set by BOF at the stupendous Sound Lounge, in downtown Currumbin, and was stunned all over again by the musical powers of this prodigious talent. Shannon has the music gene in his DNA - he’s the son of the drummer of 70s band Moonstone, Alan Carroll. On stage,  he appears to be having as much fun as a teenage kid playing the tennis racket in his bedroom, almost oblivious to the crowd, transported by the music, eyes closed, fingers dancing over the neck of his Stratocaster, husky vocals emanating like expressions of pure rapture. The only performer I’ve seen attain such a state is the late Jeff Buckley but Shannon probably has more in common with Jeff’s old man, Tim - old school, rockin’ funk ‘n’ groove that transcends time and genres.


The band are tight and the intimate familiarity shared with long-time bassist OJ “the Juice” Newcomb and drummer Mark Henman allow them to improvise and turn each song into a spontaneous jam. Lesser bands tend to have more fun doing this than the audience, but BOF take the crowd with them on these dizzying ascents into improvisation and it would take a cold corpse indeed to remain immobile through their set.

Dave Rastovich is among a regular floating pool of guest musoes who play with BOF, and on this night he takes the stage armed with a humble “kalimba” or thumb piano, a small, hollow wooden instrument with metal keys which one plays with the thumbs. Now, I am an unabashed admirer of Dave and his various creative and environmental endeavours. But as he mounts the stage this night, resplendent in his “Save the Pelicans” t-shirt and armed with his little African folk instrument, the cynic in me wonders if there is any quaint indigenous instrument and worthy eco-cause safe from his attentions. I sense an impending “Spinal Tap” moment, akin to the miniature Stone Henge descending from the heavens. How Rasta plans on joining in the Frequencies’ wailing, funk grooves on his thumb piano seems beyond me. With almost comic effect he plugs the thing in to an amp. Of course, it is an electric kalimba! This will be good, I chortle to myself. Dave is a wholly untrained musician jumping on stage with some of the most accomplished players in the country, yet remains gloriously undaunted. Lo and behold, he starts up a hypnotic, chiming riff on the kalimba and one by one, the band joins in until the whole thing takes off into a freeform, spontaneous, spacey groove, the sort of thing we  might beam into other galaxies to try and communicate with higher life forms in a universal language.

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, channeling unseen spiritual energies and transforming a live music performance into a transcendental experience. 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. - Tim Baker







Travis Ferre (US SURFING Magazine)

"Prepare to have your musical thirst quenched. Byron Bay's Band of Frequencies dabbles in the whole pallet of musical genres; Bluesy rock drips away into skull-melting lullabies that pitter-patter like rain into jazz-fusion grooves that inevitably wander off somewhere else altogether."