FREN­ZAL IN NO FRENZY

These un­con­ven­tional punk rock­ers re­veal the se­crets be­hind their suc­cess — and it has noth­ing to do with any­thing re­sem­bling am­bi­tion

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE & LOUD -

Fren­zal Rhomb have no prob­lems fly­ing un­der the radar. The un­con­ven­tional punk rock­ers have been in the in­dus­try long enough (more than two decades) to be both twisted and care­free.

Fren­zal Rhomb’s fan­base ap­pre­ci­ate the band’s way­ward hu­mour and un­ortho­dox ap­proach to mu­sic.

Front­man Jay Whal­ley says “not giv­ing a (ex­ple­tive)” may be the band’s recipe to suc­cess.

“We have been sur­viv­ing on very lit­tle am­bi­tion for a long time – it helps not play­ing or hav­ing any in­ter­est in your band,” he dead­pans.

The four-piece, also made up of Triple J pre­sen­ter and lead gui­tarist Lind­say “The Doc­tor” McDougall, bassist Tom Crease and drum­mer Gordy For­man, re­leased their eighth al­bum, Smoko at the Pet Food Fac­tory, in 2011.

The band have be­gun work on their next al­bum and if Whal­ley had to high­light the progress sta­tus: “I would say three per cent”.

He says the crip­pled-tur­tle record­ing pace is partly due to the fact ev­ery­one lives in dif­fer­ent places.

“Also, we throw a lot of stuff into the bin when we record,” he says.

Known for slyly plug­ging the band on his Drive ra­dio show, The Doc­tor has man­aged to di­vide the na­tion’s au­di­ence on youth ra­dio sta­tion Triple J.

There’s even a Face­book page set up called Ban The Doc­tor From Triple J! which has amassed more than 5400 likes.

“When I set up that page I didn’t mean for any­one to take it se­ri­ously,” Whal­ley says.

Fren­zal Rhomb play Coolan­gatta Ho­tel to­mor­row night.

Fren­zal Rhomb play the Coolan­gatta Ho­tel.

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