Black Rheno are one of those bands that everybody should have heard but too many have not. They are a hard-working, hard-touring excitement machine and after introducing themselves to the world with their debut E.P Let’s Start a Cult in 2016, are finally ready to unleash their first full-length album, with the appropriately titled Noise Smasher set for release on October 25
“We’re ecstatic!” blurted drummer Dougy “We’re very excited (laughs). There’s a big tour coming up for it too but we’ve all been waiting for the right time to drop it and I think now is that time. Let’s do it!”
After completing the album some time ago and with anticipation around the country now threatening to boil over, Dougy admits that sitting on the album before releasing it has been frustrating to say the least.
“Oh man, you have no idea,” he laughed “It’s been pretty crazy. The E.P came out a couple of years ago now and we’ve been sitting on this for a while waiting for the right time to bring it out. We have worked insanely hard on it. It’s a good mix of everything. You’ve seen us play and I think its a good adaption of what we do live. We go crazy, we can make you dance and go nuts, and hopefully it all works out. Very excited is an understatement.
Musically Noise Smasher follows a similar path to the music on Let’s Start a Cult, but Dougy says that for their second release Black Rheno tapped a little more into their personal influences – more subconsciously than thought out – with the resulting collection of music the definitive sound of a band at peace with their craft.
“Other artists talk about where most of their influences have come from – usually their personal favourite artists – but I have never really thought like that,” he deliberated. “But when I think about it this album pretty much sounds like all of our individual favourite bands (laughs), with all those genres smashed into one. It’s great. You wouldn’t pick it but I’m an avid fan of most genres. I grew up with just death metal and that was it, but I’m also a big fan of the Foo Fighters and Queens of the Stone Age and Kyuss or stoner stuff, but fuck I also like Sting and The Police – there’s nothing of that on the album of course (laughs) – but it’s a big mix of different genres which is great. It’s not just death metal, death metal, death metal. It can pick you up at some points and you get all groovy and start dancing, or you can start banging your fucken head and start smashing things if you like. There’s something for the whole family if you will.”
Tour DatesThursday 7th NovemberBadlands, PerthFriday 8th NovemberEnigma, AdelaideSaturday 9th NovemberMax Watts, MelbourneSunday 10th NovemberBrisbane Hotel, HobartMonday 11th NovemberThe Basement, CanberraWednesday 13th NovemberThe Cambridge Hotel, NewcastleThursday 14th NovemberCrowbar, SydneyFriday 15th NovemberCrowbar, Brisbane