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Album Review: Band Of Frequencies - Rise Like The Sun

13 November 2012 | 10:42 am | Nick Leighton

Rise Like The Sun is an album that encompasses a lot of trivial ground with everything from crunch to punch, and vibrant to grungy.

Rise Like The Sun supports Band Of Frequencies' idea that each member vibrates a varying frequency from the lowest – indifference and hate, to the highest – love and passion, with the album playing out like a journey through the oscillation of these frequencies and the nuances that symbolically make their way into the music. The best part of this album is that it was recorded straight to tape, giving it a raw, live sound.

Rise Like The Sun travels through all the stages of the mind, the heartbreak, stepping up, falling back down, escaping and winning. Their brand of progressive surf roots is heavy, playful and gripping. The album starts with Wanderlust, a reflective track about love and all that mooshy stuff. It sets the tone for the travelling and searching storyline of the album. All I've Found is the reaction to Wanderlust, an inquisitive song that swells with twangy guitar, melding with the lyrics “If I don't go now I'll never know” symbolising the start to the journey. Rise Like The Sun is a call to arms; a final stand and a new take on life. The triumphant sound builds into a similar sounding chorus. It's new life with a hint of the old torment. Free Again, is a grasping and compelling track that crunches and turns, as Shannon Carrol sings about taking control and grabbing life as it closes in on him while the bass crackles and hits hard before the tempo changes into a dance-worthy shindig.

Rise Like The Sun is an album that encompasses a lot of trivial ground with everything from crunch to punch, and vibrant to grungy.