The Black Ryder’s debut album Buy The Ticket, Take The Ride was released the first time around in 2009. These two Australians managed to swirl up a whole ocean of psych-shoegaze, rich with all the noisy-melodic flavours that we ‘gaze fans love so dearly. Reissued by Fuzz Club in an edition of 800 double LPs (the D-side is an etching).
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180g vinyl 2LP with etched D-side, gatefold cover and printed inner sleeves. Edition of 800 copies.
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Having just had to listened to two records so awful that I had to turn them off for their own good I'm almost pleased to hear another slab of shoegaze. It's like putting on an old pair of slippers after wearing ill-fitting wellies. So Fuzz Club (who never stop) have issued this enjoyable shoegaze from a band I have heard before seeing as though I reviewed their last record but have absolutely no recollection of. This in fact is a deluxe re-issue of their debut from way back in 2009.
Opener 'To Never Know You' sounds like My Bloody Valentine on an off day which of course is better than most people's on days. It has those discordant mutant guitar chords in all their glory and is overlaid by vocals. On 'Let It Go' the band sludge along slowly unveiling some hitherto unseen psych rock influences and by the time 'Grass' comes along they are in full on Spacemen 3 mode - yet I hear (and you aren't going to like this) hints of Oasis in the swaggering vocals and droning eastern chords.
So the Black Ryder do what every other bugger is doing this year - shoegazy psych rock that utilises all those influences from the '80s and '90s but since this was originally released ages ago I can't accuse them of jumping on a bandwagon. Sometimes when they get a good riff going ('Gone With a Feeling' is especially good) the Black Ryder start to show their appeal. Their music is hypnotic and visceral and will appeal to anyone who likes good repetitive guitar scree and vocals you can't hear properly.
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