Artist info



band members

Ricky-Vocals & Guitars, Ralf-Bass, Callum-Drums


Red Engine Caves are a three piece Rock ‘n’ Roll band from Fremantle, Western Australia formed in 2012. With the founding members new in Perth and starting at the bottom, the band quickly climbed the live music hierarchy, gaining a loyal following and proved that their stage presence and huge signature sound can not be imitated or beaten by anyone. Influenced from early Chicago Blues guitarists through to harder 70’s rock, Red Engine Caves have defined their own unique guitar and bass sound which have been created through Frankenstein amp and pedal setups and are driven by thunderous yet metronomic drums. Vocalist and guitarist Ricky Dean has been experimenting with an innovative technique of singing through a megaphone into his guitar pickups to manipulate his vocals through effects pedals. In 2013, Red Engine Caves went on their first national tour which consisted of shows in Melbourne and Sydney, and later in the year the release of their debut album “Black Mary” recorded, mixed and mastered by Rob Grant at Poon’s Head Studio (Kevin Parker, Miley Cyrus, Lenny Kravitz) which received mass airtime on local and community radio and supported Eskimo Joe at The Astor Theatre. They received praise for the album from industry heads such as the Green Day members, Pat Magnarella (Green Day manager, co-owner of “Adeline”), Mark Hudson (Ringo Starr, Ozzy Osbourne, Aerosmith, The Scorpions and Cher) and European record label and store Kozmik Artifactz which sold out both shipments of records. In early 2014 they went on tour again supported by international surf brand Rusty, for a string of dates in Sydney, which was hugely successful and well received by east coast audiences. The first date of the tour was a headline show at The Captain Cook Hotel, which the band later learned on the drive to the venue that they were in fact opening for Green Day’s secret side show of their Soundwave headline tour. Green Day liked them so much that the following day Red Engine Caves received a record deal offer on Billie Joe’s label “Adeline” which was later declined. Professional skateboarder Tony Hawk was presented with a copy of the “Black Mary” vinyl during a Beach Burrito TV interview and the band was featured in RUSSH magazine. Red Engine Caves have supported national acts such as The Delta Riggs, Green Day, King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard, Eskimo Joe and The Babe Rainbow and have received supports from John Butler, Lime Cordiale, JORDI (San Cisco) and most of the Perth club bands. 2015 has been their best year yet with a powerful lineup change; acquiring young drummer Callum Kramer from Australian Blues act “Blue Shaddy” and playing to capacity venues across Perth including Jack Rabbit Slim’s, Mojo’s, The Odd Fellow and the new Soggybones warehouse. After three iconic Perth music venues closed their doors, the band took initiative to host their own show in an alternative space being the Whipper Snapper Distillery warehouse in East Perth and despite extremely unnecessary actions by Perth City Council and almost forced to cancel the event, they continued to sell it out in the early hours of the evening. Rod Yates of Rolling Stone Magazine attended a show in June and expressed great interest in the band’s power and performance and is looking to interview them on the release of the second album. Red Engine Caves will be headlining the 2015 Norfolk Lanes Festival. Pre-production of the second album has begun with Rob Grant of Poons Head, with the idea of finishing the album at various different studios and portable recording equipment in alternate spaces. "The space throbbed with the energy a crowd who were totally enthralled in mind and body. With the backdrop of bright intricate art smeared across all four walls, the whole room was transformed by the band who embraced the audience, drawing them into a vortex of sound and movement." Rachel Inglis, “Pickup screaming with a speakerphone while hanging the guitar strap on the window above and soloing on the top of tall amps at the front of the stage. Red Engine Caves are a rare kind of band in Perth’s scene, while their sound and styling hark back to the classic rock of days past, their persona and energy show that they are not just excellent musicians, they’re living very much in the moment.” Rotunda Media


Review by Dave Ruby Howe Dave Ruby Howe

31 Jul 2019

Triple J

This is a crunching, screeching good time.

This is a crunching, screeching good time.