If you haven’t already listened to The Rockefeller Frequency’s new single Sheep and the Wolf, stop what you’re doing and go listen to it now. The track is an explosive slice of indie-rock, and we’ve had it spinning on repeat ever since we first laid ear on it.
So fresh off the single’s release, we caught up with the band to chat all about it, their approach to songwriting, what the future holds, and baby albatrosses.
With an amazing new single fresh under their belts, we caught up with Brisbane-based outfit The Rockefeller Frequency to chat all about it.
HAPPY: Hey, how’s it going? What are you up to at the moment?
ROCKEFELLER FREQUENCY: We’ve been busy doing a bunch of stuff. We’ve been playing some local gigs around Brisbane/Gold Coast, as well as writing and rehearsing some new material, which is sounding promising. We’ve also just finished off the filming and editing of our latest single Sheep and the Wolf film clip.
HAPPY: We’ve been loving Sheep and The Wolf! How does it feel having the track out there in the world?
ROCKEFELLER FREQUENCY: It’s very exciting because it’s a rocking good tune and finally some people, other than the four of us, get to hear it and enjoy it. We brought it into this world and nurtured it like a baby albatross, but now it’s come time to kick the thing out of the nest and make room for more baby albatrosses. We’ve had a really good response to it so far.
HAPPY: Could you tell us a bit about the song?
ROCKEFELLER FREQUENCY: Sheep and The Wolf is a song about what can happen when the wrong personality types come together, and how messy life can get as a result. It is about compromise, about losing who you are, and trying to piece it all back together again, not unlike some kind of zombie humpty dumpty egg. It all works out in the end though, despite the desperation and the hopelessness of the protagonist. He finds a way to accept his shortcomings and embrace the insanity of his surroundings, and that in itself is a small victory, and the best that some people can hope for.
HAPPY: How did you approach the writing/recording of this new track differently to past material? If at all…
ROCKEFELLER: We took the approach of ‘less is more’ with this one, keeping it all pretty simple. We wrote and recorded the song ourselves in a couple of days, and made the film clip as well. We’ve taken a real DIY path recently, not relying on any outside contingency to make things happen.
HAPPY: Is this going to be a stand-along single? Or is it a taste of more to come?
ROCKEFELLER FREQUENCY: This is our second single, the first being The Rift, which we released earlier this year. Both singles will be on our upcoming debut album, which will be released in early 2020. It is yet to be titled but I’ll make an early prediction that it will be a clever title. I saw some graffiti on the weekend that was pretty clever, and if I could only remember what it said, we’d almost have a contender for the title… but I forgot already. Actually, I remember it now, but I’ll keep it to myself for now.
HAPPY: Are there any other artists you’re really loving at the moment?
ROCKEFELLER FREQUENCY: Violent Soho. Beirut. Jaguar Jonze. Skyscraper Stan. Refused.
HAPPY: What else is coming up for The Rockefeller Frequency? Any other exciting plans in the works?
ROCKEFELLER FREQUENCY: We have some gigs coming up over the next couple of months so keep an eye out for us in your local entertainment district. We have recorded the bulk of our debut album and that will be coming out soon.
Sheep and the Wolf is available now. Listen above.