Artist info

Genre

Indie, Rock, Roots


band members

Richie Guymala: Vocals John Anderson: Bass/Vocals Dillon Brennan: Keys/Vocals Romeo Redford: Guitar/Vocals


Influences

Nabarlek Band, Warumpi Band, Saltwater Band


Bio

Lively and proud, Black Rock Band from West Arnhem land have been entertaining audiences and inspiring communities around the country since their debut in 2015. The band from the small community of Jabiru in the Northern Territory draws on their deep musical family history and incorporates traditional and contemporary sounds with a steady rock style, singing in both Kunwinjku and English. 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.

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 second album called Identity was released in Nov 2020 and was recorded in the Yarra Valley, Victoria in 2019. Despite this change of scene, Richie Guymala says “with this recording there’s a lot of connection back to home. Every time I’d do a track I’d close my eyes and picture myself back on country.”

This album is the result of Black Rock Band honing their sound while also collaborating with songwriters and musicians including Sam Teskey (The Teskey Brothers) and Jackson Phelan (Rat!hammock). The first single from the album is their rousing Red Black and Yellow. The song is a comment on January 26 and has energized fans in concerts across Australia and set to be an anthem of solidarity and pride.

Review

Review by Claire Mooney Claire Mooney

16 Nov 2020

Triple J
40

A cruisy, spirited jam that brings you straight down to earth. Love this BRB.

A cruisy, spirited jam that brings you straight down to earth. Love this BRB.

Review

Review by Dave Ruby Howe Dave Ruby Howe

12 Nov 2020

Triple J
40

New Black Rock Band means more potent storytelling from the heart. You can feel the righteous admiration and connection to country coming through.

New Black Rock Band means more potent storytelling from the heart. You can feel the righteous admiration and connection to country coming through.

Review

Review by Steph Hughes Steph Hughes

12 Nov 2020

Triple J
45

Wow this is dazzling stuff! Perfect for humid top end nights. Love all your lyrics and ideas, big fan of BRB!

Wow this is dazzling stuff! Perfect for humid top end nights. Love all your lyrics and ideas, big fan of BRB!