Rhyece O’Neill’s songwriting talent has received praise from Tex Perkins (The Cruel Sea/Beasts of Bourbon), Spencer P. Jones (Beasts of Bourbon/Gun Club), Brian Hooper (Beasts of Bourbon/Roland S. Howard), Richard Kingsmill (Triple J Music director) & Steven Walker (The Ghost Triple R Radio)
He has toured and performed with some of the worlds finest including The Beasts of Bourbon, The Ape, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Spencer P. Jones & White Denim. Steeped in the blues, rock & roll and country his influences range from Iggy Pop, W.H. Auden, PJ Harvey, Sylvia Plath, Patti Smith, Henry Miller, Townes Van Zandt, Dostoyevsky, Lightnin’ Hopkins & Dylan.
O’Neill’s trade is the written word. A prolific poet, novelist and songwriter; in the past three years he has written and produced five albums worth of material. That’s at least 60 songs plus a book’s worth of poetry. Recently he completed his second novel Run To The Dust based on his experiences as a union delegate leading an industrial dispute working on a huge construction project in the desert.
O’Neill has performed in venues all over the country and has toured Europe from in 2011 – 13. His other band Greta Mob received widespread critical acclaim for their albums Let The Sunburnt Country Burn & The Gypsy Town featuring Spencer P Jones. A couple of years ago he relocated to Repentance Creek in the hills behind Byron Bay and has set up a recording studio. He is a resident at Brisbane’s Beaded Lady and the Nimbin Pub. He has played just about every pub in the northern rivers in the past twelve months.
Together with his partner and vocalist in the band Kali Jade he launched the Pop Crimes Festival a free community event promoting underground garage punk, blues, outlaw country and psych bands at the Billinudgel Hotel.