Oh, Rhien

Oh, Rhien

 Lake Charles, Louisiana, USA
BandAlternativeRock

Creating a sound that seamlessly blends genres and touches the soul is no small task, but the members of Oh, Rhien make it look easy. The Lake Charles, LA sextet fuses progressive rock, metal, and post-rock into a harmonious mix sure to quicken the pulse of its listeners.

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Biography

Creating a sound that seamlessly blends genres and touches the soul is no small task, but the members of Oh, Rhien make it look easy. The Lake Charles, LA sextet fuses progressive rock, metal, and post-rock into an harmonious mix sure to quicken the pulse of its listeners.

Oh, Rhien  spent the better part of 2014 working on their debut EP Nightmares. Appropriately named, the EP was delayed numerous times due to technical difficulties, scheduling conflicts, and other unforeseen circumstances. Despite numerous setbacks, the finished product reflects the band’s perseverance and tenacity in the face of adversity. Produced by Matthew Malpass, Matthew Goldman, and Matthew Lang, the album hits hard and leaves you wanting more. With tracks like “Temptress” and “Picking Up The Pieces” featuring Jonny Craig of Slaves, who could blame you?

Like a phoenix, Oh, Rhien rose from the ashes of a prior project. Bassist Zac Lyons and drummer Joe Perry formed instrumental, post-rock mainstay Signals to Vega with guitarists Ricky Fontenot and NJ Benoit joining soon thereafter. With the help of Cult of Luna drummer Magnus Lindberg at the mixing board, the band released its first EP Into The Arms of Infinity, which they promoted in and around the Lake Charles area. After several years playing the local circuit, dissatisfied with the progress made, the band decided to add vocals. Enter Brett Howell and Taylor Briggs. Joining in 2012 to form the current lineup, Howell and Briggs round out the band’s signature sound with contrasting yet complementary vocal stylings.

No stranger to the stage, Brett Howell brings with him a powerful and precise voice, as well as a wealth of prior music industry experience. His band Aniston signed to Universal/Bungalo Records in late 2007 under the tutelage of J-Kwon manager Gordy Pannell. Matthew Malpass of Marigold and Monsters Studio (known for his work with Ying Yang Twins, Lydia, Copeland, Rookie of the Year, Dance Gavin Dance) produced and mixed the band’s EP Between You And Me. The band toured nationally, sharing the stage with such acts as Gym Class Heroes (Fueled By Ramen), Divided By Friday (Hopeless Records) (with whom they brought out on some of their first tours), Farewell (Epitaph Records), Anarbor (Hopeless), and pop singer JoJo to name a few. After Aniston disbanded, Brett, never able to stay away from music for too long, found himself playing bass on tours for Solid State Record’s MyChildren MyBride. Later, he and his brother Blake Howell would Join SJC Custom Drum owner Mike Ciprari and Matthew Lang in Boston, MA, to form Thrash Unreal, which gained nation-wide exposure from a feature on MTV’s The Hills. Soon after relocating to his hometown of Lake Charles, Brett discovered Taylor Biggs, a local folk artist known for her sensual, delicate delivery. Taylor would part ways with the band by 2014’s end to pursue a career outside of music. Soon after the New Year, Victtoria Reale filled the vacancy, and they haven’t missed a beat.

Moving forward, Oh, Rhien’s only desire is to create unforgettable music and perform before an ever-growing audience. With combined experience ranging from local to national stages, the band is taking its first years seriously, investing time and effort into booking high impact shows and press opportunities. Since Chase Bonin’s and Aaron Myer’s arrivals at guitar, the band has already been featured on radio stations across the country with singles “Shut Up Before You Get Made Out With”and “You Wear Your Colors Well.” 2014 was an important year for the band. Sharing the stage with the likes of P.O.D., Trapt, Brand New, and Nothing More, performing at the X Games in Austin , and releasing their debut EP were only the beginning. Look out for plenty more from Oh, Rhien in 2015.

Discography

2014 - NIGHTMARES EP

2013 - SINGLE - YOU WEAR YOUR COLORS WELL

2013 - SINGLE - SHUT UP BEFORE YOU GET MADE OUT WITH

2013 - SINGLE - WHEN I WAS AN ARSONIST