Ahh, Madison. Ever since I moved here in the summer of 2016, I can say that the absolute best part of this city is its thriving and diverse arts and music scene, which is honestly half the reason I wanted to move down here in the first place.
About a week after I moved, I found out that a friend from high school had also made the jump to the big city (coincidentally, she had also become a hairstylist, like myself!). This friend, Megan, was also friends with this dude named Trent, whom Megan introduced me to. Trent is the vocalist in the sludge/death metal band Disgunt. and through this new mutual friendship, Trent invited me to his show at this little known place called The Frequency, and this became my first (of many) Madison local shows.
Disgunt was playing, along with Squidhammer Metal, Vermillion and Goatwhore.
Needless to say, the show was KILLER, filled with incredible metal music as well as a wall-to-wall mosh pit! I made many new friends that night, I got my first sip from the Squidhammer titty cup, and got my face truly melted for what felt like the first time in my life. Looking back, I couldn’t think of a better way to get my first real exposure to downtown Madison, and into the local music scene that I longed to be a part of for so long.
Founded in 2008, The Frequency made a name for itself in the downtown scene. Featuring all kinds of music, from pop to folk to punk to metal and everything in between, The Frequency was far from discriminatory in supporting the Madison music scene, as well as statewide, AS WELL AS national touring acts. Eventually, playing The Frequency became a kind of endeavor that any band worth their salt would want to play at. If you managed to get on a Frequency bill, that was a big deal, as Darwin did not let just ANYONE play there.
Oh, and did I mention the place is haunted? A lot of people I know have a cool ghost story from that place. Anyway…
On April 16th, 2018, an announcement had been posted to The Frequency Facebook page that the venue would be going into storage on June 30th, 2018. After ten whole years EXACTLY to the day, The Frequency would no longer be the integral part to the Madison music scene that it had been.
Needless to say, my heart broke, and I swear you could hear many break from all across the city that have been a part of the music scene. Truly, our scene has been influenced greatly by this venue, and will continue to live on in the heart of Madison for years to come, I’m positive.
Upon hearing the announcement, I knew I had to be there, and immediately contacted Emily and told her Music Maehem had to get an interview with Darwin (as well as some Front Row footage), as I knew this would be the last chance…and what better night to do it than at the very last show on June 30th? And so, the space on my calendar was marked.
Presented by Ali K Music, appearing at the very last show at The Frequency were the bands Sanctus (thrash metal from Sun Prairie, WI), American Zeros (“RockPunkMetalFunk” from Milwaukee, WI), Falling Doves (pure rock n’ roll from West Hollywood, CA) and Amberstein (rock, also from Milwaukee).
*Elisium was originally on the bill, but due to booking conflict, were removed from the bill and replaced by Sanctus*
These bands created a very diverse and altogether amazing show, and in my opinion, it was definitely worthy of filling the very last Frequency gig. All bands are incredibly talented, and I definitely recommend giving all those links a click and check them out.
Special shoutout to Falling Doves, specifically vocalist Christopher Levya, who wanted to know why I was running around with my camera all night, and then pulled me on stage to give a plug for Music Maehem! That was super cool of you guys!
In our interview, Darwin speaks to Music Maehem about this history of The Frequency, his plans and goals for the future, reflects on some of his favorite moments over the past decade, and gives a (perhaps, somewhat controversial) account about his opinions of Live Nation.
*Note: Music Maehem does not necessarily share these views, and were shared all in the sake of journalism.*
Darwin and his crew have changed the scene forever, and this venue will never be forgotten, and we all thank you for a decade of hard work and support of the scene.
And so, it is with a heavy heart, that I and many others in Madison bid a bittersweet farewell one of our favorite local haunts in downtown, The Frequency.
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