May is here and brings with it the inaugural Meltdown Festival, ready to take the east coast by storm! The festival kicks off on Saturday 12 May at Melbourne’s Spotted Mallard, followed by The Bald Faced Stag in Sydney on Saturday 19 May, and wrapping up in Brisbane at the famous Crowbar on Saturday 26 May. The lineup is as face-melting as you’d expect from Dirthouse Agency, the crew behind this fiery fest, and you’ll catch the likes of Gay Paris, Born Lion, Child, Arteries, The Black Swamp, Sumeru, and Never on the national run. There’s also a slew of local acts for each city, so it’s a show not to be missed!

Melbourne’s favourite bastard sons, Smoke Stack Rhino, are gonna shake the floorboards of The Spotted Mallard and I managed to grab a moment with KInga & Jezza to find out their thoughts on the festival.

For anyone who’s never come across Smoke Stack Rhino before, how would you describe yourselves?

A heavy riff modern blues based band.

What is the number one thing you think everyone should know about you?

Our lead singer sits in the right hand lane on freeways on purpose.

How did you come to be a part of the Meltdown Festival 2018 lineup?

We applied and with great luck we got a spot on what is shaping up to be a bloody awesome event! Great to see a new festival starting up.

What are your thoughts on the festival being entirely Australian in its lineup?

I think it’s fantastic and showcases some awesome bands, across multiple cities. Would be quite an undertaking to organise, so full props to Jason for pulling it off.

Are there any bands on the Meltdown lineup that you are particularly looking forward to seeing?

All the bands are worth seeing!

Anyone you’ve not seen or heard before?

There are a few new names in the line up that we haven’t heard of before, so we’re looking forward to seeing what they’re all about. Child are probably the best band in Australia. The Mallard is a great venue.

What’s the most recent thing you have released?

We’re currently in the throes of creating some new songs and are going through pre-production stage at the moment with a release to be announced towards the end of the year. We’re testing out some of the new tracks at the moment and recording at a few different studios to see what we dig.

What does the rest of 2018 hold for you?

A whole bunch of festivals and shows throughout Australia, with hopefully a national tour to follow.