Artist info

Genre

Rock, Roots


band members

Black Rock Band are Richie Guymala, Romeo Redford, Graham Rostron, Dillon Brennan, Darius Cameron, Alfie Naborlhborlh and Kimberley Namarnyilk


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Bio

Black Rock Band are an emerging band hailing from the West Arnhem region in the Northern Territory’s Top End.

Drawing on deep musical family history they incorporate traditional and contemporary sounds with a steady rock style, singing in both Kunwinjku and English.

With songs like Struggle, Learning on Country and their first recording Bininj Kunborrk literally translating to Traditional Song and Dance - the band sing about their families’ cultural richness as well as contemporary social and political issues that reflect their experience as First Nations people.

Their songs are a celebration of culture, connection to country, the fight for social justice and the future they want to create for the next generation of children.

In 2016 Andy Baldwin (Rola Pola Studios, USA) witnessed the band’s performance at Barunga Festival and was so impressed he offered to record Bininj Kunborrk. The single has since been included on the Bush Bands 2017 compilation, featured on Triple J Unearthed, Double J, Larakia Radio,Byron Bay FM, and is available for sale at gigs along with their merchandise.

Block Rock Band’s body of work has continued to grow; they’ve now recorded another 12 tracks with Andy Baldwin at Subsonic Studio’s in Darwin and Kapalga Outstation in Kakadu.

Live crowds are entranced by their on-stage style, as the boys picked up Best Community Band at Barunga Festival, played to a sold-out crowd in Melbourne’s Spiegel Tent (alongside emerging artist Yirrmal Marika (Yirrkala) and contemporary folk outfit The Mae Trio), and have made regular appearances throughout Melbourne and the Top End (including Mayali Festival and Mahbilil Festival in Jabiru).

More recently at Mindill Beach Sunset markets the band took out the top spot in the first heat of Darwin’s Muso Search and will return for the grand final later this month.

“The music that I sing about, I think of it as a message and a reminder for people, what’s happening in the real world. Not only about the rich and famous, it’s about the poor too.”
- Richie Guymala (lead singer)

“Most of our songs speak about people I see in my family, with my own eyes. I see them having hard times and it’s good for someone to speak about it – give my community a voice when they can never speak it out. Give them a voice to say “enough is enough”.”
- Richie Guymala (lead singer)

“my old man would sing for all us brothers every night and we would dance because we like singing and dancing. He said ‘If something happens to me you need to take this’. He passed away now, he gave me that culture, I keep it in my head.”
- Graham Rostron (lead guitar)

Review

Review by Claire Mooney Claire Mooney

07 Aug 2017

Triple J
40

I was so happy to come across this band last week. A killer classic rock track mixed with cultural heritage, important song writing and raw energy.

I was so happy to come across this band last week. A killer classic rock track mixed with cultural heritage, important song writing and raw energy.

Review

Review by Tommy Faith Tommy Faith

04 Aug 2017

Triple J
45

This is fantastic! So much raw energy and some killer melodies too.

This is fantastic! So much raw energy and some killer melodies too.