Rhett May’s ‘Creatures Of The Night’ Album Challenges The Current Landscape Of The Rock Music Genre
Heavily influenced by seminal rock groups such as the Beatles, the music of singer/songwriter Rhett May is a labor of love. He has brought his unique blend of Eastern and Western music to the mainstream rock genre and conveying a message of peace and cultural equality. One of the many projects May has in the works, including a book of his over 200 written poems and another full-length LP to be released later, Creatures of the Night is a collection of 13 diverse tracks that feature May’s proficiency on vocals, sitar, and guitar. LISTEN HERE!
Victoria, Australia, August 29th, 2016 –
Much the the style of Rhett May’s music can be attributed to his upbringing. Born in Calcutta in 1950, May became part of a diverse music scene consisting primarily of Carnatic and Hindustani music that heavily feature the sitar and tabla. In addition to the native music styles of the country, the proliferation of Western music across the globe began to take hold and May was exposed to the music of rock legends such as Jimi Hendrix, Cream, The Monkees, and The Beatles.
At age 15, May formed his fist band, The Wooly Bullys, who won Battle of the Bands in 1966. After performing at notable venues of the time such as the Park Hotel, Trincas, and Mocambo’s the Bullys evolved into the Flint Stones, who became one of the most successful pop groups in India. They were featured in a number of music publications, and known for their hit single “Be Mine”, which attracted the attention of legendary Beatles guitarist George Harrison and Apple Records.
During this time, Rhett continued his musical evolution and experienced a great deal of success, which included performing for the Queen of Buhtan.
In 1969, May left his native Calcutta and headed for Australia, where he won the Perth Talent Quest as a solo artist in 1971. He then formed what would eventually become May’s most notable music outfit, Lucifer, which experienced success throughout the 1970s opening for a number of legendary artists including Queen and Ray Charles.
Fast forward to 2015 where his album ‘Fast Cars and Sitars’ broke the mould of radio rock with sounds reminiscent of The Beatles with a string of hit singles including “Rich Bitch”, “Drifting and Dreaming”, and the Grammy nominated “The Violence of Ice”.
Now, a year after ‘Fast Cars and Sitars’, May is releasing his 13-track masterpiece in the making ‘Creatures of the Night’, which he describes as an album that will showcase his breadth of songwriting abilities and set the stage for future albums.
Songs like ‘Kiss your Mama with that Mouth’, ‘Space Between Breaths’, ‘Creatures of the Night’, are absolute killers that will have you panting for more !!
The raunchy ‘Lexxi McCoy’, Sandy Sweet as Candy’ and ‘Bella My Baby’ will have you grabbing for your air guitar and banging your head and wishing for the “when the van is rocking don’t come knocking’ days of rock and roll.
A surprise or two such as the Indian influenced ‘Elixir of the Gods’ with a huge sounding layer on instrumentation and a soaring vocal that can easily take you higher when meditating…and a beautiful rendition of the heart wrenchingly poignant ‘Symphony of Sorrow’…shows that May can sing as he writes…beautifully !!
The first single off the album ‘Latex Lady’ takes you on a fast and sensual trip down the discipline lane…while ‘Back Seat of my Chevy’ is a real in your face ‘ball-tearer’.
‘Creatures of the Night’ closes with the jazz influenced ‘When we make Love’….bringing you down to earth and wallowing in an aftermath of WOW…what have I just heard ??
‘Creatures of the Night’ will be available through Musik and Film Records via the Orchard/Sony label.
Just the beginning of a busy future for May, which will include recording another LP with his childhood buddy James ‘Jimbo’ Payne…15 songs that are already written, and hopefully a book containing May’s more than 200 works of poetry.
For more information on Rhett May, check out his website at www.rhettmay.com or find him on Spotify.
Also check out his YouTube video for his track “Latex Lady”, which will appear on the ‘Creatures of the Night’ album.
P.O. Box 285
Fenton, MI 48430
“Rhett May’s “Creatures of the Night” is a perfect blend of pop and psychedelic performed with passion. Showcasing his immense talent, the guitar work is absolutely amazing as he goes from the gentle to the blistering, oftentimes within the same song. Nicely tying everything together his is affectionate lyricism heavily focused on love, lust, and the confusion that comes with relationships. “Creatures of the Night” runs the gamut from the jazzy sound of “When We Make Love” to the bombastic beautiful distortion of “Sandy Sweet as Candy”. By far the highlight of the album is the playful glam rock of “Latex Lady”. With a driving rhythm the song simply dominates, and the lyrics reveal a character study of a particularly special someone. Opting for a classic rock sound is the affectionate work of “Back Seat Of My Chevy”. Ambitious in its scope is the gargantuan sound of “ElixIr Of the Gods”..a mystical almost otherworldly feel. IMPRESSIVE LISTEN…A MUST !!” — Skope Magazine, Aug 12, 2016
Click on the music reviews and blog features below:
- Latest album review by Skope Magazine
- ‘The Violence of Ice’ single has received another Music Award for Best Rock Ballad…Check it out HERE
- ‘The Violence of Ice’ has also debuted at #169 on the Friday Morning Quarterback Top 200 Music Chart
(FMQB Top 200)
- Herald sun article – Rocker pens song warning of ice abuse danger
- Interview with Jamsphere.com
- Soundlooks.com interview with Rhett May
- Videomusicstars.com interview with Rhett May – From India to Australia
- Newwaveofbritishheavymetal.com interview with Rhett May
- Progmusic.com interview about The Violence Of Ice release
- Ratethetracks.com The Violence of Ice interview with Rhett May
- Muzikman.net interview with Aussie rocker Rhett May
- Rocknreelreviews.com interviews Aussie rocker Rhett May about his new single
- Indiemusicmag.com interviews Rhett May about his new single “The Violence of Ice”
- Top40-charts.com feature on Aussie rocker Rhett May
- Brithitsmusicblog.com features Rhett May
- Snackatrackmusicblog.com Melbourne based singer/songwriter Rhett may talks about his music
- Sweetbeatsmusicblog.com talks with Rhett May about his stunning new single
- Headinthesoundclouds.com Australian rocker releases his latest single
- Lookandlistenmusic.com Aussie based rocker shares his music
- Decadepr.com Rhett talks about his newest guitar led single
- Indiebiscuits.com From the heat of Australia comes “The Violence of Ice”
- Thelightningnation.com features Aussie singer/songwriter Rhett May
- Poplovingtarts.com features life and music by Rhett May
- Glitterorlitter.com Rhett May’s latest single “The Violence of Ice”
- Songwritingspotlight.com Latest release blog feature
- Somebodytoldmemusic.com The Violence of Ice blog feature
Press release: From the heat of Australia comes ‘The Violence of Ice’, the new single from Rhett May. Melbourne songwriter opens string of new tracks with guitar led rock song on 2nd October
Primarily influenced by the classic songwriting of John Lennon, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, Rhett May is a rock writer who has moulded his own sound over several decades in the industry. His self-produced rock is simple, raw and homemade – without over-the-top production but with plenty to say about May’s take on the modern world.
Having spent a large part of his childhood in Calcutta, India, his guitar led songs are infused with the sounds of the Indian streets, giving his music a different flavour to the majority of current, cookie cutter rock music. By blending classic sensibilities with a twist of Indian culture, he has created a string of upcoming singles, the first of which will be ‘The Violence of Ice’ – out October 2nd.
With a musical career which spans back to the seventies when his band Lucifer supported legendary rock band Queen, Rhett May is a voice of experience in a rock world which has become increasingly shallow. He’s toured the world, seen the music industry from the inside, and watched the dark side of the business consume those around him.
Throughout those experiences, Rhett May continually turned away the excesses of the industry, choosing instead to write his own story as opposed to those who fell into the clutches of addiction. His is a positive message, song writing influenced by a wide and varied backstory which took him from an orphanage at seven years old, to the streets of Calcutta in India, to settling in Melbourne, Australia as part of Lucifer.
It’s a lifetime of stories that shape Rhett May’s song writing, not to mention his work ethic – both musically and personally – which sees him answering every piece of fan mail individually.
And come the release of ‘The Violence of Ice’ on October 2nd, we suspect he’ll be answering plenty more.
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01223 844 440