The Black Ryder have been religiously praised as one of the leading acts in the shoegaze/dream-pop revival – touring across the world and playing shows with the likes of The Jesus & Mary Chain, The Brian Jonestown Massacre and Primal Scream.

The Australian, and now LA-based, duo is comprised of Aimée Nash and Scott Von Ryper (Von Ryper is now also a touring member of The Jesus & Mary Chain following the JAMC / Black Ryder ‘PSYCHOCANDY’ USA tour).

In 2009 they released their debut LP ‘Buy The Ticket, Take The Ride’ to widespread acclaim – fast forward eight years and Fuzz Club Records is delighted to be giving the LP a deluxe reissue & also it’s first official UK / European release.

The album was originally released on EMI Music and The Anti-Machine Machine (TBR’s own label) in Australia, Mexican Summer in the USA and Vinyl Junkie in Japan. Eight years later and it’s finally getting the Fuzz Club treatment – renowned for their high-quality pressings, the reissue will see the album pressed to a double-LP with an etched D-side, tip-on gatefold jacket and a printed inner sleeve. The standard edition is 600/ black vinyl and the deluxe is /200 on 180gm ultra-clear.

There aren’t many bands who have managed to truly capture the swirling, kaleidoscopic sounds of the late-80s/early-90s but The Black Ryder are undoubtedly one of them. ‘Buy The Ticket, Take The Ride’ is woozy, droning and totally sublime shoegaze with a dark, psychedelic slant – bringing to mind an ethereal mix of My Bloody Valentine and Mazzy Star.


“The guitarist’s blown-amp sound splits the difference between the Jesus and Mary Chain and Mazzy Star, and the singer is a dusky-voiced chanteuse from a land south of the equator” PITCHFORK

“The band’s debut takes a dark, sultry approach to shoegaze with sprawling layers of droning, blissed-out guitars and ethereal vocals, creating a kaleidoscopic sound. The songs swirl together in a way that’s intended to be listened to as one overwhelming ride. It’s a long and intimate one, at that.” PASTE MAGAZINE

“Ethereal drone, ceremonial percussion, and dead-eyed harmonies carry on together until they build up to something sublime” STEREOGUM

“Their music is spiked with feedback the way a murder cocktail is spiked with arsenic, but it’s the dreamy vocals of singer Aimée Nash that somehow turns the band into something more than a trippy daydream of chords” NYLON MAGAZINE

“They sound like the greatest band that Creation never released in their golden period and their blissful tripped out indie perfection is quite magical.” LOUDER THAN WAR

Photo: Michelle Peerali