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RNC at a Glance
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Genre: Heavy Metal/Hard Rock

Members: Mick Taylor - Vocals

                 Chris Summers - Guitar

                 Josh Finch - Guitar

                 Don Bruton - Bass

                 Paul Kidd – Drums

Bio: Rear Naked Choke was formed in 2009 in Abilene Texas. Through their own brand of Heavy Rock n Roll and high energy live performances they began gaining notice in the local music scene. That attention has gotten them the opportunities to play with National and Regional bands such as Nothing More, Bobaflex, Saliva, Tantric, Trapt, Flaw, The Devil You Know, Texas Hippy Coalition, As Above/So Below, Messer and more.

RNC recently released their new EP American Screams. It was recorded at Fire Ant Recording Studios. The album was Engineered by Collin Bryson and Produced by Collin and Rear Naked Choke. The lead single "American Scream" is doing well in streaming and is containing to gain new Radio Stations and Streaming Playlists daily. 


Their full length Self-Titled album was recorded and produced by CJ Pierce of Drowning Pool.  It continues to get thousands of stream a week on Spotify, Pandora and more even several years after it's release.

While RNC has their own style and sound and don't attempt to emulate or fit into a mold, fans of music in the vein of Metallica, Godsmack, Pantera, Killswitch Engage, Five Finger Death Punch, Down etc... will enjoy the music of Rear Naked Choke.

Influences: Pantera, Godsmack, Clutch, Metallica, Trivium, Mastodon and many many more.

Touring: Currently RNC is doing short tour runs supporting their American Screams EP. They have played all over the Southwest Region of Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arkansas as well as further out including Colorado, Nebraska and are always looking for new places to spread the RNC sound.

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If you’re at all a fan of metal music you’ll definitely want to check out this album. R.N.C. is absolutely phenomenal at writing catchy metal guitar riffs, which in my mind is one their strong suits. The ability to create so many different atmospheres through their tracks is another equally important skill of theirs, and it’s all that variance that kept me interested throughout the entire album. I’m excited to see what else Rear Naked Choke creates in the future!"

— Underair Media

Listed as one of the top 5 West Texas Underground Rock/Metal band you need to know!! - You cannot get more hardcore than having a band named after a mix martial arts submission move. And, as there are diverse fighting styles in the MMA, Rear Naked Choke defines their style as not only assorted, but they brand their flair as high-energy, and not attempting to emulate or fit in a mold. The band has been around since 2009 and in that time have garnered a solid following of fans due to their hard rocking and entertaining ways. Mick Taylor is one bad-ass vocalist and the band as a whole is an army of rock warriors that must be heard.

-Benny Henderson Jr. ~ Pure Grain Audio

Rear Naked Choke is, easily, one of the best Texas bands I've seen/heard in years. They do it all, from edgy and aggressive attack to powerful and melodic. These guys are seasoned veterans that put on one hell of a rock show. You can hear so many influences in their music but know that their writing is all their own. The amazing 2 guitar attack blended with a groovy and solid rhythm section that will keep your head bouncing all topped off with the most energetic front-men you'll ever see. Bad ass band!


-Frank Pain, Program Manager and On-air Personality ~ KEYJ Rock 108

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