About Us

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Above: Rhino Shrine live at the Kitty Cat Klub in Dinkytown, Minneapolis ©2019 Michael Perovich

Rhino Shrine was formed in 2017 when the high school project The Crak Pots decided to do some lineup and style changes. Lifelong friends Gavin Jarl (Lead Vocals, Guitar), Bud Hjelmberg (Lead Guitar), and Adam Trelstad (Keys, Trumpet) were joined by Ben Ranney (Bass) and Martin Corral (Drums) and with the release of their first single Tangerine Dream, they began crafting a sound both unique to themselves and right at home in the Minneapolis scene.

After the release of two more singles and a live radio album recorded on KVSC's Monday Night Live show, Martin left the group in 2019 to pursue other creative projects, and the band brought in new member Sam "Arphu" Foster. With shows resuming just three

months later and a studio EP released within a year, Sam found himself right at home with Rhino Shrine, bringing in exciting new energy to the group (though he still frequently tries to launch #BringBackMartin campaigns on social media).

When Covid put a stop to shows in 2020, Rhino Shrine took to writing. Having previously developed their songs on stage as much as in practice, this gave the opportunity to focus on the finer elements of their songs and build up a backlog of new tracks that can start to be heard on new releases Form Over Function and Bad Plastic.

Rhino Shrine will be back in the studio in the Spring of 2023, and will have yet another new EP available soon! To hear these newest songs before then, catch a show live at your nearest bar/basement venue!


©2019 Shrine Photography

From Left to Right:

Arphu - Drums
Bud Hjelmberg - Lead Guitar
Adam Trelstad - Keys and Trumpet
Ben Ranney - Bass
Gavin Jarl - Lead Vocals and Guitar

Read the second Rhino Shrine Review done by Melodic Noise, and see what the band has to say about bringing Sam on board, old house venues, and the recording process.

Want to know what makes Rhino Shrine Rhino Shrine? Click the album cover to read the first review of our April 2019 album along with a band interview detailing our favorite venues, our dream tour mates, and more!

RadioK BaseMNt Music

In March 2018 we went down to the U of M's Radio K studios and did an interview while playing some music! Click the picture below to discover where we came from, how we write our music, and why it is we love trail mix so much!