One Room One Day

by Frock

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One Room One Day came about after a fruitful period of writing by the 4 composers in the band, leaving us with some music that we were very excited about, and with a hunger to try something new. We had previously recorded 7 albums in the traditional modern studio fashion - separated by wood and glass panels, hearing each other through headphones. We played well, but always felt that we didn't capture the thing that we feel is special about Frock, the way we interact in a live setting.

So we decided to go about it completely differently : positioned in a circle, facing each other, no headphones, less concerned with capturing the perfect sound, aiming towards a true feeling of togetherness.
Food was eaten, meaningful glances exchanged. We heard, saw and indeed smelled each other like in no other recording situation.

If an instrument was too dominant or soft, we just moved our positions accordingly. If someone used too much oxygen, he breathed less in the next tune.
We smiled, we sneezed, we said " cheese Louise".

To open ourselves up more, we invited great people and great players, all of whom we had collaborated with over the years on one stage or another - Rob Burke and Anton Delecca ( saxophones), Ben Gillespie and Jordan Murray ( trombones). Over foccacias and trash talk about the footy, each others clothing and sight reading skills, we managed to capture a really inspiring and beautiful afternoon. Like a very very long panorama still life of the band.

This recording is a testament to nearly 20 years of playing together, developing Frock's individual and group compositional sound.


released May 1, 2014

Craig Beard - vibraphone, percussion
Adam Starr - guitars
Anthony Schulz - accordion, piano
Simon Starr - double bass
Dave Beck - drums

Rob Burke - tenor sax
Anton Delecca - tenor sax
Ben Gillespie - trombone
Jordan Murray - trombone

photos taken by Claire Gorgonzico Cross

tracking - Darren Steffen
mix/mastering - David Haberfeld
graphic design - Adam Starr

Recorded July 1, 2013 at NMIT Greensborough



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Frock Melbourne, Australia

Frock are on an ecstatic journey of listening, sharing and communicating. When Frock started rehearsing in 1995, their experimental instrumentation caused a stir, in what is now a common place combination - their use of Accordion in Australian jazz was pioneering, and when combined with Vibraphone and Guitar gave them their signature lush orchestral soundscapes.
Apogee is Frock's 7th album.
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