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Coming At You Hard With THE RENTAGADES

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One of the beautiful things about the Australian music scene being so tight is that members of bands invariably come together and, on special occasions, form a united new group with which to promote their music.

One perfect recent example of this is new Sydney hard rock outfit The Rentagades, who are made up of members from established and recognizable bands Black Rheno and Mountain Wizard Death Cult.

When the stars align as such, often pure musical magic is created, as exemplified with The Rentagades and their recent single Shape You Like A Bullet.

Band founder and vocalist Scotty joined HEAVY to talk about the new single and being the new kids on the block.

“It’s been a little bit in the making with COVID going on,” he began, “but about 11 months ago I went to one of my besties who owns a studio – David Bleus – and said I wanna put something together that’s a bit of a throwback to the 90s high-energy rock and roll. I just hadn’t heard it in ages. He said let’s do it, so we jumped in the studio and started coming up with some riffs and that’s where it all started at the end of last year, just me and Dave in his studio, Studio Bleus. Just knocking out riffs and putting some beats together, and then I met our drummer Doug Martin at a Fangz gig, of all places (laughs). I was seated with him, because around COVID everything was seated at gigs, so I got placed next to him, and it was sort of meant to be. I was talking to him, and he was telling me how he was in a band called Black Rheno – which are a pretty prominent heavy metal band here in Australia – and he said he had just finished up with them, so I said we’re looking for a drummer, and he was all for it. We got to talking and sent some clips back and forward to each other, and he was all aboard. It’s sort of a conglomeration where we knew this guy already who is a mate of ours in a band called Mountain Wizard Death Cult, and they record here at Studio Bleus, so we knew the boys and I went to Tony, who is a kick ass bass player, and that’s why I called the band The Rentagades, because…”

To find out why listen to the full interview where Scotty also talks more about the debut single Shape You Like A Bullet, why they chose that song to introduce their music to the world, bringing back 90s rock, their next single Monsters, an upcoming EP, touring plans and more.

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