Ryders Creed are a 5 piece hard rock band comprising of ex-Black Rose Cadillac members - Ryan Hulme (Vocals), Richard Clark (Bass), Myles Cooper (Guitar), and welcoming to the band Lee Spencer (Guitar) and Lee Gilbert (Drums).
The band played an awesome set to an appreciative crowd at RockWich on 27th August and despite being rather hot from their full-on show found the time to lay in the sunshine and have a chat with DTF.
WHEN BLACK ROSE CADILLAC SPLIT IT MUST HAVE BEEN DIFFICULT TO DUST YOURSELF OFF AND REFOCUS OR WAS IT MORE OF AN OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU?
We had about a week to sort ourselves out. It was dropped on us and we literally had 3 days in the studio and 3 days trying to figure out a name.
Lee was a roadie of us and basically just jumped in. We had gigs booked so we just had to get on with it, be professional and it has just gone from strength to strength. So yes, remain professional and just get on with things and it has been really good.
YOU SEEMED TO HAVE GELLED REALLY WELL TOGETHER ON STAGE AND LOOK TO BE HAVING FUN TOO.
Yes, from the first practice we had it has just felt 100% good. We are all working together and moving forwards in the same direction, yes it feels 100% together and we all have the same goal.
WHERE DID THE NAME COME FROM?
We had a song called Ryder and Myles said about using Ryder as a name, the difficult bit was trying to figure out the rest of it and it was strange as a few of us all at the same time said about ‘Creed’, it just seemed to fit.
WHERE DO THE INFLUENCES COME FROM FOR YOUR MUSIC?
Massively varied, Barry White, Guns & Roses, Slash, Dream Theatre, Prog, metal, House, Pink Floyd, Led Zep, Blues – endless and diverse. Vocally classic rock voices such as Chris Cornell who has been a big idol of mine (Ryan) since I was about 12 years old. Myles Kennedy is another; they both have such ranges and can do things with their voices in so many styles. I’m trying to build my stamina and improve (thanks extended to vocalzones for helping me keep my voice!).
THE MIDLANDS MUSIC SCENE SEEMS PARTICULARLY BUOYANT AT THE MOMENT, A BIT OF A RESURGENCE IN ROCK MUSIC – HAVE YOU NOTICED A DIFFERENCE OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS?
Oh yes big time, so many good bands around at the moment and we have played alongside or heard some great bands out there. The Midlands is a great place for music.
HRH HIGHWAY TO HELL – HOW WAS THE EXPERIENCE?
Really good, we thought we might struggle with all the online stuff as we had only just got together but to get into the top 10 has been unbelievable. It has been an absolute pleasure to have been involved with too. We have got a really strong 20 minute set for the final and a strong sound and identity. It has been a really, really good experience up to now.
(Ryders Creed have subsequently gone on to win the competition! Check out their Facebook page to read more)
YOU HAVE MENTIONED CHRIS CORNELL EARLIER AND YOU WERE VERY OPEN ABOUT THE LOSS OF CHRIS CORNELL ON YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA AND THE LINK TO DEPRESSION. MUSIC IS OFTEN REFERRED TO AS THE GREAT HEALER – DOES IT HELP? HAVE YOU HAD YOUR OWN BATTLES?
It is rife in the music industry, I think we spend a lot of time being looked at on stage – it’s all about how you look, the visuals – you have to give yourself 100% to the performance and look like you are enjoying it, which to be fair, you usually are, but you have to give that appearance even if you are not feeling good or you are just in a bad place, you just have to give 100% and that is what people see. Music is a release but it also can add pressure. Creative people are sensitive and you can be up full of adrenaline and on a high or you can be really low, lots of people don’t have that middle ground. All I can say is honesty and openness is paramount. Many people have had issues and we need to speak out about it. It can be a lonely place to be.
WHEN CAN WE EXPECT TO HEAR NEW MUSIC FROM YOU GUYS?
We have two new tracks in the set now – Rise and Headspace. We are writing our album and hope we will release a 10-track album sometime next year. We are not going to rush the creative process.
We are writing together, one person may come up with a riff and we will work on that as a band. It’s a very even process with everyone having input to our sound. Often we will go home and work with something we came up with earlier and bring it back to get more input from each of us. It has been so refreshing as perhaps if we have worked on a song say Myles has come up with and he comes in with another, he will say – no leave this one lets work on something that I don’t know – Lee has come up with. It’s fair and its productive. No one in the band is stifled, we do things as one.
WHAT’S ON THE HORIZON FOR RYDERS CREED?
We have more gigs, Giff Fest, HRH, and others so we are busy. Next weekend we are in Sheffield, Wales and Stoke!
OK SO TALES FROM THE TOUR BUS – ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE? ANYTHING YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT YOUR BAND MATES THAT YOU ARE NOW AWARE OF? GOOD OR BAD!
Ryan talks a lot! But we are all a bunch of idiots at times, but it is fun too.