Genre: garage, blues, rock'n'roll, punk, country, psychedelic
Label: Beast Rec.
Booking territory: Central and Eastern Europe
RHYECE O’NEILL has played pubs and bars in the outback and cities all over the Australia. He has toured and performed with The Beasts of Bourbon, The Ape, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Spencer P. Jones and more. 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.
O’Neill’s trade is the written word. A prolific poet, novelist and songwriter he has completed his second novel “Run To The Dust” based on his experiences as a union delegate leading an industrial dispute working on a huge construction project in the desert – around the time large parts of his second album “Death of a Gringo” was written. Late last year he finished his first collection of poems, The Condition Report 45.
2018 saw the NARODNIKS release the Death of a Gringo album on Beast Records in France. Following this release the band embarked on their European tour playing over 41 dates across the continent including 3 shows at the legendary Binic Blues festival in France. While in the Czech Republic they recorded at Sono Records studios with legendary engineer and producer Milan Cimfe who has worked with David Bowie, Lou Reed and Kris Kristofferson.
O’Neill and the band plan to release their thirth album in late 2019. They are going to tour Europe in November 2019. “Jesus in Hell”, the first single from the album was premiered in Australia on 25 December 2018 via Happy Mag (listen to here).
“Think Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds meets the old school sounds of The Veils meets Mark Lanegan… Filled with tension and drunken swagger with a deliciously complementing haunting violin: Australian singer songwriter Rhyece O’Neill impresses us with “The Fire in You.” Gobsmag.nl
“Ubermensch Blues” grabs you first time and you’ll be returning over and over. It’s a sound investment, if not essential. i94bar.com
Christmas, Jesus, and modern visions of hell: we chat with Rhyece O’Neill, Happy Mag