The Black Market Rhythm Co
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The Black Market Rhythm Co

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"Black Market Rhythm Co. at The Living Room"

The Black Market Rhythm Co. kick the dance floor into gear with an engaging set of songs featuring acoustic, electric and slide guitar backed by a brilliant rhythmic din. - Rave Magazine

"Black Market Rhythm Co. at The Zoo"

The Black Market Rhythm Co. took to the stage, and turned on a charming set ... Their relaxed stage presence was refreshing as each track was eased in with an intro. Opening with Triple J rotation track Ain’t For Sale, The Black Market Rhythm Co.’s rocky set continued smoothly through a few genre changes. I heard hints of everything from Hootie & The Blowfish to the Fun Lovin’ Criminals in their sound, with many stops in between, however it was a bluesy vibe the left the strongest impression - Rave Magazine

"Ain't For Sale EP Review"

"A sound akin to The Rolling Stones going round for round with The Cat Empire." - Time Off


Debut Album out in November!!

Ain't For Sale EP, released 2006 — Two singles featured regularly on Triple J, Sea FM and community Radio

Self Titled EP, released 2005 — Featured on Triple J and Community Radio

Boys Who Like Girls EP — Featured on Triple J and Community Radio



The Black Market Rhythm Co. Bio

Making it into last years official voting list for the Triple J Hottest 100 marked a turning point for this group of four Gold Coast roots-rockers. They’d just debuted at the Woodford Folk Festival and Richard Kingsmill had unearthed them on his new music program, 2006. “Pretty good isn’t it,” he’d announced over the airwaves, echoing the thoughts of a few hundred fans in Southeast Queensland who’d already bought the independent CD.

Their third EP in as many years had received some strong airplay on The Jays, and a healthy lashing of spin on community radio stations around the country, and while the band had won a $10,000 grant to tour Western Australia, shared stages with The Beautiful Girls, Augie March, Xavier Rudd, The Whitlams, The Herd and many more, 2007 was shaping up to be the most important time in their career.

Thus far the year has seen BMRC complete successful east coast tour with fatastic turnouts interstate, Christopher has toured solo supporting The Beautiful Girls and the band have been slaving away in the studio recording their debut album set for release in November. The boys have also secured appearances at the Valley Fiesta and Queenscliff Music festival in the coming months, and will be hitting the road for another tour to melbourne in spring so it's busy times ahead.

“We came together in 2005 as a group of guys who passionately believed we had the ability to make fun, interesting music that people really went out of their way to listen to,” said BMRC frontman Christopher Ernst.

Ask them about their influences and you’ll get answers in years, rather than bands: 1964, 1969, 1979: The British invasion, the summer of love; punk rockers finding reggae. The Black Market Rhythm Co. sound all at once like Ben Harper playing guitar for the Beatles and Keith Richards jamming with The Clash – blues pop harmony, meets grungy ghetto grooves.

While their musical roots run much deeper than their birth certificates, ask each member where the songs come from and it’s a lot more personal. Loss looms large over Christopher’s perspective – his father passed away ten years ago while he was still in high school; trumpet player Jake only just graduated high school. All have loved, and lost before, and for each of them, music is more than a performing thing, or a recording thing; it’s everything.


"I can't get enough of these guys, I'm absolutely hooked. I get goosebumps every time..." Sarah Howells, Triple J

"The Black Market Rhythm Co. are fine musicians with a swinging rhythmic pulse who execute their music flawlessly ... Frontman Christopher Ernst has an extremely strong expressive voice ... Their style is refreshing." Rave Magazine

"I have been listening to your EP all day! I love it! Totally rocking!" Renee Peterson, SEA FM and

"A sound akin to The Rolling Stones going round for round with The Cat Empire." Time Off Magazine

"Some of the best new music in Australia ... I suggest you give it due consideration." Ear

"Beautiful..." Kirileigh Lynch, Triple J

"A charming set opening with Triple J rotation track Ain’t For Sale ... The Black Market Rhythm Co were rocking." — Rave Magazine