FRENZAL IN NO FRENZY
These unconventional punk rockers reveal the secrets behind their success — and it has nothing to do with anything resembling ambition
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.