When a band endures almost 30 years in the music industry, you know they are true musicians. Longevity in this industry is rare. Now, I am not saying Rhino Bucket hasn’t gone through its changes. They have. Throughout their career, the band has had six drummers and a couple different guitar players. The latest line-up is proving to be the proverbial “Well-oiled machine”.
I feel like I hit the trifecta this night. Having the ability to interview a couple of the members of the band, George Dolivo and Brian Forsythe. Also, listening to their new release, The Last Real Rock n’ Roll, and seeing them perform a 17-song set at the Fishhead Cantina in Arbutus, MD.
If you like your rock and roll like you like your whisky and beer, you will love this band. The night was filled with a great mix of songs from all of their albums, with the bulk of the selections coming from their 1992 release Get Used To It and 2006’s And Then It Got Ugly.
After listening to their new release, The Last Real Rock N Roll, out on Acetate Records, I would have loved to have heard more live. “Misery,” “Last Call,” and “Bang My Drum” would have fit in perfectly with the night of great rock.
Playing in a very small venue called The Log Cabin in Hancock, Maryland the night before, I had the chance to sit and talk with them. The Log Cabin, where as George mentioned, “We turned everything up like we usually do.” I knew we would be in for a great night with that attitude.
I asked them about how they got involved with Eddie Spaghetti of Supersuckers fame which was an interesting story to say the least. Apparently, Eddie had been a big fan of KIX back in the day, but was too young to get in to see the band. “I got them in the see our sound check,” said Forsythe. “It turned out to be one of the biggest things to ever happen to him.” Later on, with Rhino Bucket touring with the Supersuckers, the friendship continued to develop.
George mentioned that when Rick Ballard, president of Acetate Records, came to them to discuss who would produce the album, he asked “what about Eddie?” George added, “We had mad respect for his song writing abilities so thankfully, he went for it. He came in with this energy and creativity that really help us get to where we needed to get.”