By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal
Frequency Fifty Four knows a thing or two about Southern hospitality. The Flint, Mich., hard rock band has made itself known by hitting the road, and some of the warmest reception the group has seen has been in the South.
Frequency Fifty Four is taking a Southern tour this winter, and is stopping in Tupelo for a second time.
“The reception going into there was amazing. It was really good. It was like a breath of fresh air,” said drummer Tony Hernandez. “We love the atmosphere. Everyone’s attitude is better down there.”
The South’s a sweet spot for the band, but Frequency Fifty Four loves being road warriors.
The band – Hernandez, lead singer Justin Rose, bass player Derek DaPrano and guitarists Brett Smith and Shane Douglas – has spent much of 2010 touring to support a self-titled EP. Frequency Fifty Four has shared the stage with the likes of Hinder, Theory of a Deadman, Shinedown, Alter Bridge, Seether and Framing Hanley.
While being on stage keeps the guys busy, they also take up the opportunity to see the country.
“We have the most amazing job in the world,” Hernandez said. “We don’t get to see as much as we’d like to, but it’s cool to just go somewhere.”
The most fun the guys have is on stage, in front of a loud screaming audience, he said.
“It’s like 20 cans of gas on a nitroglycerine plant,” Hernandez said. “That’s how we express ourselves. You’re stuck in a van for six, seven hours, 12 hours, to get to a show, and you get on stage and you’re just taking out all that energy.”
Hernandez said the band wants to impress fans.
“When I go see a band that I really like and they don’t produce live, they just stand there, it’s like, what’s the point of me spending money?” he said. “The live show is where it’s at. Anybody can pop in a disc and listen to their favorite artist, but we’re in your face.”
Besides this Southern winter tour, Frequency Fifty Four is working on a full-length album.
“We’re constantly writing. This band is constantly evolving and working on different things,” Hernandez said. “It’s a never-ending job, which is awesome.”
Don’t look for that album anytime soon, though. 2011 is going to be busy, especially when Frequency Fifty Four hits the summer festival circuit. The biggest of those dates is a gig at the huge music festival SXSW in April.
Till then, the band is focusing on finding love in the South again.
“I want everyone to be out there,” Hernandez said. “I know it’s gonna be a big show.”
See ’em live
– Who: Frequency Fifty Four, Koldera, Almost Kings
– When: 7 p.m. Friday
– Where: Good Time Charlie’s, Tupelo
– Cost: $12
– Info: (662) 790-3888