Local rock band Lost Frequency is missing a member.
The band, made up of singer Brian Trudeau, guitarist Andrew Brigida, and drummer Ty Artenian, recently lost its fourth member when their bass player moved to Mexico.
They’ve put multiple ads on Craigslist in the hope of finding a replacement, but have had no luck so far.
This isn’t the first time the band has used Craigslist; Brigida and Artenian used the website to find Trudeau a year ago. Trudeau responded to their ad for a singer in spite of the fact that he had never sung before.
“I was just like, ‘I want to do something completely different,’” said Trudeau, who has played drums since childhood.
Although ads on Craigslist elicit responses from some strange characters, Lost Frequency says it’s one of the best ways to find other local musicians.
“It’s worked in the past, that’s how I always found other bands,” Artenian said.
Artenian and Brigida lucked out when it came to finding Trudeau. They knew he was right for their band after seeing him sing the Foo Fighters’ “Monkey Wrench” and master the notoriously difficult scream in the song.
“I turned blue at that part,” Trudeau said. He described the challenges of screaming while short on breath while performing the song live.
“Everybody loves it,” Brigida said.
Brigida and Artenian have known each other since middle school, and have been playing together for several years. Brigida said he used to ask Artenian about the guitar tabs he spent class time looking up in high school, and then learned to play himself a few years later. The two spent around four years just getting together and playing different songs.
It wasn’t until last November, however, that they decided they wanted to actually start a band.
They found Trudeau and their former bass player, and Lost Frequency sprang into existence.
Trudeau says he hid his craziness from Artenian and Brigida until after he joined the band. He enjoys jumping off chairs and rolling on the ground while performing.
“I’m very outgoing,” Trudeau said. “When you’re singing it’s like a different type of high. You do more connecting and looking at people. You can do whatever you want.”
He said he loves playing the drums, but enjoys the freedom of expression that being a frontman allows.
The three described their desire to start a rock ‘n’ roll band that would stand out among the large number of punk rock and metal bands in the Valley. Their music is rough and raw rock ‘n’ roll.
“It’s like a mix between Aerosmith and Nirvana,” Trudeau’s girlfriend, Amber Elwood, said.
Brigida, who describes their music as “grungy rock,” said that when he first heard Trudeau’s voice, he thought of Kurt Cobain.
“His voice is very Kurt Cobain-y: grungy and you have no idea what he’s saying,” Brigida said.
Lost Frequency uses its own sound equipment to record its songs, which they post online on their soundcloud.com account.
Trudeau writes most of the lyrics for the songs, but Artenian and Brigida had written a few together before forming the band. Trudeau has also taken songs that they’ve written and adapted them. He also writes songs inspired by music that Artenian and Brigida write.
“I have so many emotions that I’ve written about, so whenever a guitar part that they come to me with creates an emotion, I’ll reconstruct the words that I’ve already written out so that they fit the sound,” Trudeau said.
He also likes to write songs based on how specific guitar parts make him feel.
The band has five songs posted online so far. They hope to be able to play more venues around the Valley after finding a bass player.
Marlena Sauceda is a student at The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.