Rhyece O'Neill with The Braves (AU) - Belgrave, VIC
Together with Karli Jade on vocals/tambo/art direction in the past two years O’Neill has played pubs and bars in the outback and cities all over the country. Together they started the annual Pop Crimes Festival at The Billinudgel Pub in ear Byron Bay in 2016.
Since moving to Melbourne they formed the Narodniks with Rick Studentt (Me-Graines/Kim Volkman/X). Joining them on drums is Mark Sibson (Seedy Jesus), Liam Justin Wilkerson on keys/harmonica and Tim Deane on lead guitar.
Their debut album Übermensch Blues is a vicious, dark & searing lament partly written by O’Neill in the desert while working in construction as a labourer and Union delegate for a huge Government Solar Farm project. It was recorded in a couple of weeks in an old community hall in the hills between Byron Bay and Lismore over the New Year period of 2015/16. It is being re-released on Beast Records (France) in May.
Their second album Death of a Gringo was recorded live to tape at Soundpark studio Melbourne in April 17' and is out on Beast Records in June before they head to Europe to play the Binic Festival and tour in July/August.
Steeped in the blues, rock & roll, punk and country O’Neill’s influences range from Iggy Pop, Rowland S Howard, Einstürzende Neubauten, the Bad Seeds, Stanford Clarke, W.H. Auden, Rimbaud, PJ Harvey, Sylvia Plath, Patti Smith, Henry Miller, Townes Van Zandt, Dostoyevsky, Lightnin’ Hopkins, John Lee Hooker & Dylan.