Black Ryder

Australian-born and LA-based outfit The Black Ryder is coming to San Francisco to release its sophomore LP, The Door Behind the Door, at this year’s Noise Pop festival. The band rose to attention for the gothic and surprisingly sparse shoegaze compositions of its debut album Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride, and with this forthcoming offering, the duo proves that slow burning flames last the longest.

From the dual vocals of “Santaria” to the ethereal “Seventh Moon,” the sprawling tapestries of each track rush for no one, and during their most powerful moments, they are lifted by proclamations of survival. The latest single “Let Me Be Your Light” plays as if its linear song structure is bent around to form a circle, so that you feel it hit you all at once. Aimee Nash spouts Mazzy Star-esque vocals over layers of Slowdive guitar swells, urging, “Don’t let them take you down.” She repeats, “Clouds formulate, then I heard your call. We can destroy and conquer all.”

After playing a pair of release shows, one at the Rickshaw Stop on February 24 and one at The Echo in LA the following night, The Black Ryder will head to Europe and then take its place among modern pysch royalty on a North American run with The Jesus and Mary Chain. See a full list of tour dates below.

The Black Ryder Tour Dates:

02/24 – San Francisco, CA – Noise Pop @ Rickshaw Stop
02/25 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo
03/10 – New York – Mercury Lounge
03/13 – Glasgow, UK – Stereo
03/14 – Manchester, UK – Antwerp Mansion / Cosmosis Festival
03/15 – Bristol, UK – The Fleece
03/16 – London, UK – Birthdays
05/03 – Detroit, MI – St Andrew’s Hall $
05/05 – Chicago, IL – Riviera $
05/07 – Dallas, TX – The Bomb Factory $
05/09 – Austin, TX – Levitation / Austin Psych Fest $
05/11 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre $
05/13 – Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre $
05/14 – Seattle, WA – Showbox $

$ = w/ The Jesus and Mary Chain

The Black Ryder, Vinyl Williams, King Woman, Creepers
Rickshaw Stop
February 24, 2015
7:30pm, $13-15 (all ages)