“One of the highlights of the entire day yesterday had to be The Black Ryder’s performance. Holy shit. I had been waiting to see this band for years, and everything finally came together as I stood in the very front of the Levitation tent.” -NOISEY (@ Levitation / Austin Psych Festival)
The Black Ryder have earned themselves a reputation as a formidable live band & have gone from strength to strength since their internationally acclaimed album, The Door Behind The Door, was released earlier this year. Following their release the band played a run of shows in the USA + UK, including sold out shows in New York & London, recently finished up a highly successful North American tour with The Jesus & Mary Chain, & were noted by media and fans as a highlight of the Austin Psych Festival.
Today The Black Ryder announces a run of West Coast headline dates (w/ tickets on sale this FridayAM) as well as more shows with The Jesus & Mary Chain in August & September. With fans & press voicing high praise from recent shows the opportunity to see them perform live should not be missed:
8/14 – Marquee Theatre, Tempe, AZ *
8/16 – Brooklyn Bowl – Las Vegas, NV *
8/18 – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR
8/19 – Barboza – Seattle, WA
8/21 – The Independent – San Francisco, CA
8/28 – The Roxy – Los Angeles, CA
9/22 – Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA *
9/24 – Terminal 5 – New York, NY *
9/27 – 9:30 Club – Washington DC *
9/29 – House of Blues – Boston, MA *
9/30 – College Street Music Hall – New Haven, CT *
* = w/ The Jesus & Mary Chain
THE GUARDIAN: The Door Behind the Door, is beautifully slow burning, its grinding guitars and heavy layers of dark, feted romance akin to Spiritualized and the Jesus and Mary Chain.
PITCHFORK: The moaning feedback drone in “Seventh Moon” has the gorgeousness of a Neil Halstead lead, “Let Me Be Your Light” has a candy-kissed psychedelic swirl, strings and all, that serves as the perfect backdrop for Nash’s whispery vocals, and “Until the Calm of Dawn” brings to mind the acid-fried Disneyfications of prime Mercury Rev, with a twinkly music box set against a sweeping orchestral arrangement.
NOISEY: The Black Ryder tends to swirl together breathy post-rock crescendos, plaintive shoegaze melodies, and psychedelic sprawl to create a greater, sprawling whole. The LA-based Australian duo does so to great effect on its latest record, The Door Behind the Door.
UNCUT MAGAZINE: 8/10 – Nu-shoegazers trip the dark fantastic. Offering black-on-black swirls of hypnotic psych gloom.
STEREOGUM: Ethereal drone, ceremonial percussion & dead-eyed harmonies carry on together until they build up to something sublime. There’s never really a climax because the whole thing feels like one overwhelming wave of gorgeous noise.
LOUDER THAN WAR: They sound like the greatest band that Creation never released in their golden period and their blissful tripped out indie perfection is quite magical.
photo by Kristin Cofer
2. seventh moon
3. the going up was worth the coming down
4. let me be your light
6. throwing stones
7. all that we are
8. until the calm of dawn
9. (le dernier sommeil) the final sleep