RYDER is a hard rock band hailing from Queens, New York. Formed in 2016, the band features different talents united in their passion to throw down in the classic style for a modern crowd. Lead singer and guitarist ‘James Ryder’ embodies the pounding spirit of true rock; ‘Tim Freyr’s’ resounding bass compels its own attention from audiences; ‘Billy Smith’ fuses precision with rebellion on drums, and guitarist ‘Andrew Bloch’ weaves the musical threads that unite the band into a single force.
Ryder is authentically heavy but always wailing for their audience rather than at it. Their first EP ‘IV’ which was produced by former Lynch Mob bass player Anthony Esposito, was released in 2017 and caught fans’ attention with it’s classic yet contemporary sound. Their new EP, For ‘What It’s Worth,’ is a live compilation of new songs. A daring choice showing the band in their best aspect. Playing to a live audience in venues that know good heavy rock when they hear it (cf. L.A’s Whiskey A-Go-Go, NY’s Gramercy Theater, NJ’s Wellmont Theater et al.). FWIW is the answer to what is needed in hard rock now. Obvious respect for the inspiration of predecessors from THIN LIZZY, AEROSMITH, BLACK SABBETH, and the others, woven into a sound that is clearly alive with audiences today.
‘Hard Time’ including bonus track ‘Crash and Burn’ (acoustic) Released 31 March 2020
“I’ve got to say this song hits the spot straight from the off. Chunky, foot stomping hard and heavy, no frills rock commercial sound, to me a similar vibe to that of BLACK STONE CHERRY… Maybe it’s James Ryder’s vocal that sends it that way. Laced with some nice guitar parts, a great drum sound and a bass that cuts through those twin guitars, it’s a great track. Looking forward to hearing the rest of the album.” Review 8/10