Interview with Kinky Rhino

Kinky Rhino

By Harriet Kaplan

Jeff Wright of Kinky Rhino says the band’s name started as a joke but the two random words “sounded cool together” and have stuck. The grungy rockers are promoting their single, “Garage Roque,” from their self-titled EP due out on April 29. Wright says the song has “loud guitars, beefy drums, a little bit of screaming and honesty.” The band played their first show in  December 2015 and is founded by members of The Blue Man Group.” So far Kinky Rhino is a band/project done between the theater performances of BMG who are currently on a national tour. Wright finds Kinky Rhino “as an extension of something he has always done.” Wright has played in bands since he was young. When the current tour with BMG is done, Wright “will be looking for a full-time band.” Wright recently spoke with BoC to learn more about Kinky Rhino.

Kinky Rhino

INTERVIEW

How did the band come up with the name Kinky Rhino?

Jeff: A friend suggested it as a joke. I had a long list of band names that I was coming up with (the list was actually for a different band…) and the singer was making fun of me for just mashing words together. When I challenged him to contribute he spit out Kinky Rhino trying to prove that two random words could sound cool. It wasn’t the right name for the band we were actually trying to name at the time, but I loved it and kept in my back pocket for later.

This is a new band? 

Jeff: Yes. I wrote these songs in late 2015 and we played our first show in late December. This EP will be our first release.

How did you go from being in The Blue Man Group to forming Kinky Rhino? Was the goal to break away and form a new band in the back of your mind?

Jeff: I am still a part of Blue Man Group, I am on a national tour as we speak, and I’ve never played music exclusively for Blue Man, I’ve been in bands since I was very young. So, this is simply an extension of what I’ve always done. The real change for me here is going from drummer to singer, guitarist, and songwriter. Those are all new endeavors for me.

What can fans expect from Garage Roque? 

Jeff: Loud guitars, beefy drums, a little bit of screaming, honesty, and a video sometime in May.

Will you tour as Kinky Rhino?

Jeff: Yes, already touring. I got the rest of the BMG touring band to learn the songs and we book dive bars as often as we can. We play late night shows after we’ve finished the theater performances. It’s tough getting the shows booked because a lot of clubs think we won’t have time, or think we won’t show up at all, but we get really excited about these gigs and there is no way we would miss out on a chance to play live.

Does the band enjoying making videos? What inspires them?

Jeff: We have made a couple so far. We just released an animated lyric video for our song “Nom Nom Nom” and that was the brainchild of our friend, Steven Wendt, who wanted to put some trippy visuals to the song. We have a video for “Garage Roque” coming soon and that one is a compilation of footage I’ve taken as we travel.

Can you tell me how the band collaborates on the songwriting and writing arrangements? 

Jeff: As of now there has been no collaboration. I wrote the songs and recorded them myself. It doesn’t bother the other guys, this is something fun for them to do while we are on the road with BMG but it’s my project and they understand that when our current tour is done I will be looking for a full-time band. That being said, I would love nothing more than to keep the current line up together and start writing with them, but they have lives they need to get back to…

 

 

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