We caught up with Feed The Rhino‘s bassist Oz Craggs to hear more about the new album, who they’d love to support and plans for 2018…
Broken Arrow: For those who may not have heard of you, can you tell us a bit about Feed The Rhino?
Oz: Sure! Feed The Rhino is a heavy rock/ hardcore/ metal band from the UK. We’ve been together since 2009, and about to release our latest album, The Silence in Feb 2018.
“We all are very clear on what we want to achieve, and set high standards for ourselves…”
Broken Arrow: What made you all decide to take the route into music?
Oz: I think each of us have had a different paths. We’ve all been in bands from a young age, and I have worked in music production for the last 15 years. We all are very clear on what we want to achieve, and set high standards for ourselves.
“…we cant wait to show everyone what we’ve been working on!”
Broken Arrow: Your sound is described as hardcore/metal – were these the genres you listened to growing up? What else influenced you?
Oz: I don’t think any of us really listened to a lot of heavy music growing up, which I think has given us a bit more of an individual sound. We all listened to a lot of blues, rock, pop, hip-hop and classic rock growing up, and I think there are elements of these in our sound.. if you look hard enough for them!
Broken Arrow: You’re set to release brand new album ‘The Silence’ in Feb – how does it feel to be kicking off the year with a new record?
Oz: It feels amazing! Its been a while since we’ve released a new album (last was 2014 The Sorrow And The Sound), so we cant wait to show everyone what we’ve been working on!
Broken Arrow: How do you think this release differs to previous releases?
Oz: I think the album shows natural progression from our previous albums, but I feel it retains the core sound of FTR. We try to introduce new sounds and ideas on all our albums, and “The Silence” is no exception, but I think it is still very Feed The Rhino!
Broken Arrow: You’ve been announced for Hellfest Open Air next year. How does it feel to be sharing a stage with some of those major names including Iron Maiden and Judas Priest?
Oz: We are really excited, and honoured to be playing! We have always enjoyed playing festivals as a band, and we cant wait to show France what we are made of!
Broken Arrow: Any one else on your bucket list of bands to support?
Oz: I think Deftones would be a dream for all of us. Or Rage Against The Machine!
Broken Arrow: You’re about to reveal new track Timewave Zero – what’s the track all about?
Oz: That song has a few themes, that continue throughout the album. In one sense its a social commentary on our path as a species, but also has some very personal meanings to us as a band. The name comes from a computer algorithm designed by the late Terrance Mckenna which plotted significant moments in the evolution of our species. Its a pretty wild theory, but really interesting!
“Supporting Bring Me The Horizon and Enter Shikari on tours were also mind blowing for us…”
Broken Arrow: What’s been your most surreal moment as a band so far?
Oz: Ooh, there have been many! Opening the main stage of Reading and Leeds was huge for us. We all used to go to that festival in our younger days, so that was a big one. Supporting Bring Me The Horizon and Enter Shikari on tours were also mind blowing for us.
Broken Arrow: Lastly, what else do you have planned for 2018?
Oz: We are touring in the early part of the year, then plenty of festivals and shows throughout Europe! We also have a few other plans in place, but they are all to be revealed!
Check out the new video for ‘Timewave Zero‘ below: