Q&A Scene: Joshua Eckersley ~ The ROCKEFELLER FREQUENCY

Tell us about your new single/ album/ tour? 


The new single, THE RIFT, is a rocking song about reckoning with your inner demons in the face of our own mortality.  It is about the struggle to accept who you are in the context of a close relationship, when you are a very flawed or self-absorbed individual. It’s about having the realisation that, at our worst, we are mostly just little tyrants fighting to put ourselves first, in one way or another. But there is always redemption. There are positive changes we can all make. So maybe try not to be too miserable all the time, OK?


What’s your favourite work at this point in time? 


Our new single THE RIFT is definitely my favourite song of ours at the moment. It was written in parts, over a couple of years, and for a long time I didn’t know how to finish it, and I didn’t really even know what it was about, despite having written the lyrics. Sometimes the meaning behind a lyric can reveal itself much later on, and that happened in this case. I got older, gained a little more perspective and all of a sudden I could see a younger, naïve version of myself trapped in those lyrics, and it gave me some insight on how to best finish the song. It’s a damn catchy song too. Check it out. 


How would you describe your sound in food form and why?


Minestrone soup. It’s got a bit of everything. It’s been on the boil for a while, and if you want to make your mum happy, you’ll shut up and eat it. 


Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote.


A few years ago we played a few gigs with Birds of Tokyo. We played a couple shows in Brisbane (our hometown) and a show at the Enmore Theatre in Sydney. All the shows were great, especially the Sydney show which was a huge crowd and was really pumping. I was a fan of BOT and was keen to hang out and get to know the guys in the band. I was chatting with frontmanIan Kenny backstage, shooting the breeze and generally trying to make a good impression when our guitarist walked in and managed to offend Ian almost immediately. The conversation abruptly ended. It was hilarious. 


What, or who, inspires you? 


My influences are quite varied, some obvious and some not so obvious. The Rockefeller Frequency are a loud rock band so naturally there are some great bands within that genre, such as Refused, At The Drive In, Mclusky. I also dig stuff with a bit more of a pop element, like The Strokes, The Wombats, Vampire Weekend. Lyrically I am influenced by all sorts of random stuff I pick up along the way. I once wrote a song based on an old scrap of paper I found in a field. It was a random story about a character called ‘Bod’. There was something brilliant about it but it was so simplistic, like a kids book or something like that. It really struck me in the moment. I also love George Orwell and Walt Whitman.


Which song do you wish you wrote?


‘Restless Year’, by Ezra Furman. I also would be happy to have written ‘Ordinary Life’ by Ezra Furman. He’s a songwriting wizard and a modern day David Bowie.  


What’s next for you?


We will be following up our latest release with the next single in the later half of 2019. We have almost finished recording our first album and plan to release that in early 2020, with a slew of shows in between. We’ve been doing a ton of recording recently and it’s all sounding great. We can’t wait to get more new music out into the world. 


What’s your scene?


I like quiet, low-key scenes. So anything that is not blowing my eardrums out is pretty good with me. 


THE ROCKEFELLER FREQUENCY channel the best of 90’s Alt Rock on new single THE RIFTFor the last few years Brisbane band, The Rockefeller Frequency have been creating energetic indie-rock music fuelled by anxiety, and an unhealthy fascination with conspiracy theories. Fusing influences such as Refused, The Strokes and George Orwell, The Rockefeller Frequency have recorded their new single, ‘The Rift’; a song about reckoning with inner demons in the face of our own mortality.

“Our new song ‘The Rift’ is about the struggle to accept who you are in the context of a close relationship when you are a very flawed or self-absorbed individual. It’s about reckoning with the reality that at our worst, we are mostly just little tyrants fighting to put ourselves first in one way or another, and how it would be to our detriment to allow that type of egotism to go unchecked. It’s not all bad though. There is love out there, and that is worth everything.” 
– Joshua Eckersley (vocals)

The song was written in parts, over a couple of years, with the global political climate having a substantial impact on the finished sounds. Lead singer Joshua Eckersley states, “writing the song against the backdrop of the ongoing Trump media circus really contributed to the sense of helplessness, loss, and feeling way off course personally, and that really comes across in the lyrics.”

With a true punk rock ethos, the single has been a full DIY journey from inception through to its release. The recording process took place in the band’s own Basement Studios in Brisbane, and was engineered and produced by the band also along with the bulk of their yet to be released debut album. “The beauty of doing it yourself”, says Joshua Eckersley, “is you can take your time, and try some really weird shit, and you don’t have to answer to anyone or worry about money. You just create art, go about your day, then do it again.

The Rockefeller Frequency are – Joshua Eckersley (Vocals), Jacob Mann (Drums), Tim Corcoran (Guitar), and Michael Russell (Bass).

‘The Rift’ is out now. The Rockefeler Frequency’s debut album is due for release early next year (2020).

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