BLACK ROCK BAND
The Black Rock Band are rising rockstars out of remote West Arnhem Land from the Northern Territory, producing a unique rock fusion of traditional and contemporary music. Weaving their language, Kunwinjku and English, these talented musicians celebrate their connection to country, their fight for social justice, and the future they want to see for the next generation of children.
“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)
Their captivating on-stage presence has won over audiences, picking up the prize for the Best Community Band at Barunga Festival and playing to a sold-out show in Melbourne’s Spiegeltent alongside emerging Arnhem superstar Yirrmal (Yirrkala) and contemporary folk outfit The Mae Trio.
The Black Rock Band speak of their family's cultural richness as well as the social and political issues that re ect their experiences as First Nations peoples.
“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.” (Guymala)
Their snappy debut single ‘Bininj Kunborrk’ (translating to traditional song and dance) has already garnered some attention with its inclusion on the Bush Bands 2017 compilation, featured on triple J Unearthed, at the Barunga Festival and on Byron Bay’s BAY FM.
Powerful new track "Struggle" is the second release by Black Rock Band. ‘Struggle’ speaks to the experience of the band as young Aboriginal men, and the experience of their families and community. It is a call for everyone to work together to break negative patterns and ‘make a change’; as a nation, as a community and every day for themselves.
The growing buzz about this outfit is evident with recent performances at MONA FOMA Festival, TAS and the Nannup Music Festival, WA with more shows on the horizon.