Ryder is a 4 piece hard rock band from Queens, New York that formed in August 2016; James (Vocals/Guitar), Andrew (Guitar), Tim (Bass Guitar), and Billy (Drums). They draw their influences from Thin Lizzy, Guns N Roses, Aerosmith, Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin, and have opened for bands such as LA Guns, Faster Pussycat and Joe Lynn Turner. 'For What It's Worth' was recorded live at Blackthorn 51 in Queens on 11th October 2017 and is out now. It's the first release to feature Billy Smith on Drums and Tim Freyr on Bass.
'Do Or Die' is the first track and it's a crunchy number with funky guitars that gets the head nodding along in time. This is a good classic rock n roll anthem and the guitars and drum beat really stand out. You can hear the audience and it has that real "live" feel where you can almost reach out and touch the energy. The hooks and riffs are electric.
'Slave to Love' starts with a bit of audience participation - for me, this would be better if you could hear the audience more. That said, this is my favourite track on the EP; a hard and heavy guitar which is the star of the show, powerful drums and a strong, tuneful vocal delivering an 80s hard rock inspired song, which is unhurried so that I can savour and luxuriate in every second. The hooks and riffs are irresistible, the instrumentals have a taste of Terminator 2 to them, and the song goes out with a bang. Mouthwatering.
'When It All Comes Down' features an intro to each of the band members, alongside a lonely drum beat in the first minute, before a rumbling bass kicks in, and that lovely warmed-up deep, dark vocal. The guitar solo is wonderful, and the drums close this hard and heavy track.
'L.O.A. Club' is another stand-out track for me, a bluesy/southern rock inspired beauty which is very 'black velvet'; I've got my leather trousers and tight vest top and I'm ready to roll. The whole production is almost sexual, whiskey-guzzling and hip-wiggling music at its finest. The guitars are simply lush and is that a double bass in the last 30 seconds…
The vocal is still bluesy-sounding for the final track, 'Is Rock N Roll Dead?', a quintessential anthem which no doubt gets the crowd whipped up into a frenzy. This is one of the most original tracks on the EP perhaps not the most inventive lyrically, but who needs deep and meaningful all the time? Sometimes hard and dirty is what we need. Love it.
The EP has great sound, you can hear all the instruments and the vocal clearly, and is clearly mixed and produced well. This is no-nonsense old school rock n roll; heavy, melodic, and relentlessly catchy. Being recorded from a live show, there is some bad language as would be expected, so watch the kids. Certainly worth the cash!
Do or Die
Slave to Love
When It All Comes Down
Is Rock N Roll Dead?
James Ryder (Vocals/Guitar)
Andrew Bloch (Guitar)
Tim Freyr (Bass Guitar)
Billy Smith (Drums)