Interview - Eternal Frequency

Eternal Frequency is a female-fronted, American band emerging from Central Pennsylvania. Let's have a chat with them about their music and music in general.

Hi guys and welcome to this interview. Tell us about your latest release Step up.
Emelle (Lead Vocalist) – I wrote about female empowerment and not being pigeonholed not only in the music industry but in life. Yes, us women can sing rock music and we can OWN that sh*t haha. Justin can tell you about how the video concept came about!

Justin (Lead Guitar) – The video is part 1 of a trilogy. It takes place in a fictional setting to where the members of the band realize that they are being hunted by an unknown organization. There is a lot of symbolism in the plot which will become more clear as the trilogy unfolds. This is our personal take on a fictional short film that holds a little more depth than expected.

- How would you describe your sound?
Tyler - Sound wise, EF really draws inspiration from a lot of different areas. It’s a mixture of heavy instrumentals, vocals that demand attention, and electronic elements that keep the listener hooked.

Justin - Pat Benetar with balls

- What do you write about?
Justin - Most of our songs are about everyday struggles and challenges, but we try to approach in a way of putting the listener in a fictional place where they are safe to deal with everyday life which helps in letting the listener take whatever they want from the song and never feel like they misinterpreted it.

Dane (Drums) - Emelle and Justin are always writing from their hearts, as well as the rest of the band. Basically whatever anyone is feeling at that point in time, or if we just have an idea.

- What do you listen to when you are home?
Emelle – I listen to everything from 80s Pop like Michael Jackson all the way to more modern day Ambient Metal like Architects. I just really love music and find peace within it, no matter what genre. Give me jazz, bluegrass, rock, pop, heavy metal, you name it. I'll personally pass on rap, though. Just not my cup of tea.

Tyler - When home, I have a tendency to bounce around a lot between different bands and music genres. Lately, I've been trading off between Alexisonfire, Type O Negative, and The Pretty Reckless.

AJ (Guitar) - When I’m home, I really like to listen to Motionless in White, Wage War, Like Moths to Flames, Halestorm, Slipknot, Polaris, I Prevail.. the list goes on and on.

Dane - I listen to almost everything, but mainly rock and metal. Those have been my favorite genres for as long as I could remember. I remember being a child and being in the car with my parents just always jamming to Slipknot or Korn, whatever my dad felt like playing that day haha

Justin - I listen to literally everything. Sometimes I'm in the mood for some Wage War and Motionless in White, but then other times you will find me listening to Peter Gabriel and Sigur Ros. All depends on where I am internally.

- Your favourite live performance so far?
Justin - I would have to say our most recent show at XL Live was probably my favorite. Every time the crowd gets louder and louder and that is why we do this. It's for that connection with our audience to where we can look at them and they look back at us and we are saying to each other "nothing else matters except for this very moment"

AJ - It’s so hard to pick one specific live performance.. we recently shared the stage with Fuel which was an incredible experience.

Dane - It either has to be our show with Fuel, or the show we just did on 2/5/2022 at XL Live with some awesome friends of ours!

Tyler - So far, I’d say my favorite performance was our headliner back after not playing live for a while. The energy was simply insane, and you could tell the area was yearning for a rock/metal show. It was incredible.

Emelle – I’ll have to agree with the rest of the guys. Our headliner a few months back post pandemic, after everything opened up again. Seeing everyone singing every word of our songs back to us, infectious energy. It was truly one of the most magical nights of my life. The Fuel show at Mickey’s Black Box was another one as well. It was a major plus to be the first ever rock band to set foot on that new venue’s stage as well!

- Tell us a funny story that happened in studio or on stage.
Emelle – haha there are so many funny stories from both, but my personal favorite is when our producer Grant messes with me while I’m recording vocals. When I mess up a line I tend to say “Fuck” a lot haha so my very hilarious, but still wonderful producer, likes to take my “Fuck” samples and piece them together into the music we are recording as a beat and I must say, it is indeed very, very funny. We crack up about it and recreate it all the time while in the studio haha.

Tyler - Coincidentally, I almost fell on stage 2 days before answering this question. I stumbled back to keep my balance, and came back to front stage laughing and tapping my chest saying “My bad.” As far as I know, I didn’t miss a note at all! And only one person called me out on it after the show. It was hilarious.

AJ - We were playing Musikfest in Bethlehem, PA back in 2019 and someone got a picture of me where it looks like I’m flipping off the crowd (which I have never done in my life) and I still hear about it to this day.

Justin - I remember I was on stage before in the middle of one of our solos and normally I will put one foot on the monitor or riser while I'm soloing. On one particular night, 2 people in the front grabbed my leg and as I fell back trying to break free, my shoe slipped off. Once I caught my balance I saw that those people were gone. I never saw that shoe again.

Dane - This actually happened at our most recent show (2/5/2022), I broke my double bass pedals during my drums solo hahaha. A friend of mine ran up and let me use his pedals to finish out our set which was a HUGE help and I can’t thank him enough for that. They’re fixed now but at the moment I was super confused and thinking back on it it’s actually pretty funny haha.

- Your favourite albums?
Dane - Ooh this is a good one. I’ll do 5 of my favorites of all time (in no particular order). Slipknot by Slipknot, Truth and Purpose by I The Breather, …And Justice For All by Metallica, Lost Forever/Lost Together by Architects, and The Death Card by Sworn In.

Tyler - Alice in Chains – Dirt,

The Veer Union – Divide the Blackened Sky, Dope – Group Therapy

Emelle – My personal favorite albums. That’s just cruel haha there are SO MANY!!!! I’d have to go with Bad – Michael Jackson, War – Thirty Seconds to Mars, Rumours – Fleetwood Mac, Phobia – Breaking Benjamin, Pretty Hate Machine – Nine Inch Nails, A Kind of Magic – Queen, 4 – Foreigner

Justin - Michael Jackson-Bad, Dream Theater-Scenes From A Memory, Nine Inch Nails-The Downward Spiral, The Spawn Soundtrack, Peter Gabriel-So, Radiohead-The Bends, Silverchair-Neon Ballroom

AJ - Favorite albums.. that’s tough. I love Guns N’ Roses- Appetite for Destruction, Motionless in White-Creatures, Polaris-The Mortal Coil, I Prevail-Trauma, Wage War-Deadweight/Manic, Trivium-The Sin and the Sentence... there are so many more but I will stop there

- A musician you would like to meet for a beer?
Emelle – Dead or alive? Cause If I can pick someone deceased I’m picking Freddie Mercury hands down haha. That man was a HOOT, my god. We would have the funniest conversations.

Justin - I would love to meet Trent Reznor probably more than anyone and for some reason I feel like it wouldn't be over a beer. I feel like it would be either coffee or absinthe. I'm cool with either one.

AJ - Only one musician to meet for a beer.. that one’s tough. Probably either Slash, Paul McCartney, Lzzy Hale or Corey Taylor

Dane - Corey Taylor or anyone from Slipknot for that matter!!! They’re my favorite band of all time

Tyler - Ryan Martinie from the newly reunited Mudvayne would be insane to share a drink with. I’d love to hear about the techniques he uses while recording and playing. Anything to help make me even better.

- What would you ask for backstage, if you were the most important band on earth?
Emelle – Probably a separate portable noise-proofed room so when I’m warming up I won’t annoy my fellow bandmates like I do now haha.

Dane - My friends and family.
Tyler - A massage therapist! I could really use one of those after a show.

AJ - I’m not really sure what I would ask for backstage if we were the most important band on earth.. maybe just a couch so we can relax before the show haha

Justin - I would ask for Pizza and Dr. Pepper. Nothing else. Maybe a metronome haha

- What are your plans for the near future?
Emelle – We have so many incredible things coming down the pipeline, starting with the Step Up trilogy continuation and some big show announcements. 2022 has started off on an excellent note and will continue to become bigger and better. It’s our year so don’t sleep on us! 😉

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Giovanni Gagliano

Passionate about music I wrote my first article for "Given To Rock" in 2012, reaching now 30K global followers. I am also a musician, gigging around London.

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