Feeding Frenzy, a group that formed in Fairbanks, is traveling to Kodiak on its first Alaska tour.
“We have always wanted to tour Alaska, but the window of time is small because road conditions can be so treacherous,” member Rebecca File said.
Feeding Frenzy began when a group of friends who had played in other bands got together. The group plays a variety of music ranging from soft ballads to punk-influenced songs, and features the sounds of a cello, violin, guitar, banjo, melodica (a cross between a keyboard and a flute) and drums. The group has been playing together for two years.
Feeding Frenzy has played at various locations in Anchorage and Fairbanks, has toured the Pacific Northwest, and has played twice at the South by Southwest music festival in Austin. The group recently released a music video that was filmed in the bus from the film “Into the Wild.”
Coming to Kodiak means returning home for banjo player Ryan Bateman. He grew up in Kodiak but has been living in Fairbanks for the last six years. He wanted the chance to bring his music back to the island.
“Having grown up there, I know there is not a whole lot of music that rolls through there,” Bateman said. “We’ve always wanted to make a trip down to Kodiak, and we’re playing at a friend’s wedding there.”
Feeding Frenzy will be touring with Shawn Rosenblatt, who plays psychedelic pop and funk remixes under the name Netherfriends. Rosenblatt loops his own voice with instrument sounds to create live mixes.
Feeding Frenzy and Netherfriends connected in 2010 when Rosenblatt traveled to Fairbanks as part of his project to write a song in every U.S. state. Feeding Frenzy opened a show for him at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Pub, and has played with Rosenblatt several times since.
“Netherfriends was wanting to come back this summer, so we thought it would be a great opportunity,” File said. “It helps a lot for bands touring together.”
Feeding Frenzy started its Alaskan tour in Fairbanks and will be traveling south to hit Kodiak. The band will travel back to the Interior and will play in Talkeetna, Homer, Seward, Anchorage and Palmer.
Traveling throughout Alaska is an expensive undertaking, so band members are hoping to pack the building.
“Every show is different,” File said. “We are hoping to at least break even on this trip. We rely on what the venue pays, plus any merchandise sales.”
Last fall the group created their first album called “Positive Vandalism.” The album will be available for purchase at the show along with t-shirts, stickers and posters.
“People can expect a good time,” Bateman said. “The band we’re touring with is really good, and has high energy.”
If you go:
When: Friday, July 20 at 9 p.m.
Cost: $5 cover charge