INTERVIEW: ILL NINO’S AUSTRALIAN REVOLUTION

Ill Niño will be in Adelaide on Thursday August 3, to play their debut album Revolution Revolución in full, with support from Terror Universal.

Despite not recording on Revolution Revolución, Guitarist Ahrue Luster says he is still excited about the records impact and the success of the tour.

“It was a record that withstood the test of time, people still love it and it gets a lot of play… we just had our most successful European tour in about a decade,” Ahrue says.

Ahrue joined the band after leaving Machine Head in 2002, recording on every Ill Niño album starting from Confession.

He was familiar with the band before joining, having scouted them for support slots for Machine Head, during the Road Rage tour in the United States.

“Every year Machine Head does a big European tour and likes to bring an up and coming band as the main support,” Ahrue says.

“As we were deciding what band to bring, I suggested Ill Niño, everyone thought it was a great idea and we took them to Europe.”

Because of the close relationship from touring together, it was a no-brainer for Ill Niño drummer Dave Chavarri to give Ahrue a call-up after he left Machine Head.

Marc Rizzo was the guitarist proceeding Ahrue, well-known for his distinctive sytle, which expanded with his solo work and for Soulfly.

“I was always a fan of a metal with a groove to it, but I’ve also been interested in flamenco guitar and music from South America,” Ahrue says.

“It was a challenge to learn a new style of guitar and took hours of practice to learn parts Marc Rizzo had written.”

“I felt like the parts he played, I had to play good, but I was also an established musician so everything I added to the band was unique.”

Last time Ill Niño was in Australia, it was to play the Soundwave festival in 2014; they were later signed-on to play in 2016 before it got cancelled.

They enjoyed Soundwave and were disappointed it’s gone for good, but they are excited they can return to Australia regardless.

“We’re really looking forward to coming down there and playing the first record for everybody,” Ahrue says.

“We’re usually an approachable band, we spend a lot of time hanging out with our fans and we’re looking forward to it.”

Ill Niño are playing at Fowlers Live on Thursday August 3, with tickets available here.

By Nutman

Photo supplied.

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