“Wow! Live music at its best. We were treated to an hour of punky bluegrass with everyone on their feet and begging for more. Great musicians with gift of pulling the crowd in from the moment they set foot on stage.”
— Janice Long, BBC Radio 2
“…fast becoming one of my favourite bands of recent years…Rhino (Ryan) the frontman is bursting with energy and he has no problem getting the crowd pumped up and jigging in time…Best band in Birmingham at the moment? You decide.”
— Mazzy Snape
Rhino & The Ranters are infamous for their high octane live sets and have been exciting audiences across the UK since they were formed by Ryan Webb in London in 2009. Their raucous delivery and on-stage charisma have won them a loyal army of fans. Their music has been described as Cow-Punk, Gospel Blues, a mixture of Roots, Rock and Roll and Bluegrass. Difficult to pigeonhole, their sound is simply Ranter Music. There is no-one else like them.
They released their debut album, The Hanging Room in 2010 which includes many favourites of their live set, such as: Dr Ink, Radio Joe, Needlework and the unforgettable, Hallelujah. Songwriter, Ryan blends the dark imagery of death, witchcraft, addiction and madness with humour and wordplay all set to pop-like melodies.
The band are currently working on their second album.
The Ranters are now settled in the industrial gothic beast that is Birmingham and enjoy a large but cult status in the city. The rabble that make up this gang are: Ryan Webb on vocals, guitar, banjo and harmonica, Loz Kingsley on mandolin and backing vocals, drummer Pete Hammond (formerly of the influential post-punk band Au Pairs), bass player Richard March, who was a founding member of 90s legends Pop Will Eat Itself and one half of chart toppers Bentley Rhythm Ace) and local guitar virtuoso, Andrew Pell on lead/rhythm guitars and backing vocals.
Some highlights for the band so far have included sharing bills with bands such as The Wonder Stuff, Roddy Radiation’s Skabilly Rebels, Hans Chew, Tom Hickox, and The Urban Voodoo Machine.