The Black Ryder
With auspicious sensual textured layers of melody and guitars, The Black Ryder (Scott Von Ryper and chanteuse Miss Aimee Nash) weave a densely rich tapestry of love, sex and death, mountains, oceans and astral travel. They indicate the way to the heart of life the centre of our humanity in ritual space, in crafted chords, in veiled waves of sonic tone and drone. Rich dangerous opiated swirling attacks on the third eye lysergic and lupine in equal measure. Once drawn in by this perfume its essence stays.
“The Black Ryder was born out of a time of confusion & creation. Both Scott (Von Ryper) and I had spent the preceding three years as part of another musical venture, where a considerable amount of time was spent abroad. As it sometimes happens with these types of musical endeavours, we reached the end of our road with that particular entity, and as one door closed another one opened. From that moment, we put our energy and focus into writing and recording our own music. We weren’t quite sure where we were going or what we were doing, yet we chose to embrace the moment & threw ourselves into our own creative happenings.We started constructing a studio environment that would give us the ability to record our own music in our own time, with Scott at the helm of the engineering side of it all.
We posted up some songs on the internet & soon after we were approached by a few labels to include some tracks on compilations that have since been released in various parts of the world. Not long after that, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club gave us the opportunity to open for them on their Australian tour. At this point we didn’t actually have a band as Scott and I had played the majority of the instruments on the record at the time, so we approached some friends who played in other bands that we liked to become part of the live component to our music. None of us were really thinking beyond that one tour but we of course wanted it to be the best it could be. To our delight they accepted. We didn’t start this project with a permanent line up in mind (as said, we didn’t start it with a line up at all). Since its beginnings the line up has changed & will ultimately change again as change is inevitable, but from the start we’ve had a great time playing with our talented friends, our musical peers and with people we love. Mr. Ricky Maymi (Brian Jonestown Massacre), a good friend and someone who has contributed a great deal to our recordings, was staying with us at the time of the B.R.M.C shows and during the initial stages of our recordings, so it was perfectly fitting he was here & playing with us on our first run of shows. We also approached friends Kate Wilson (The Laurels), Jules Ferrari (formerly of The Dolly Rocker Movement & now Los Sundowners) & Archi Read, who all joined us for the B.R.M.C. shows & have played with us since. Luke O’Farrell (The Laurels) joined us in a live sense after those first shows & also appears on some of our recordings, as do Jules & Archi.
In our recorded works, we have also had the great pleasure of working with Peter Hayes & Leah Shapiro of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, & Graham Bonnar (ex-Swervedriver). We made our live debut on the B.R.M.C Australian tour (January 2008) and have since been beyond fortunate to also open for The Raveonettes, The Brian Jonestown Massacre & The Charlatans. At the time of booking these shows we did not (and in fact still don’t) have a booking agent, so the invitation to play came through the bands directly, which was an incredibly encouraging show of support. We have recorded, mixed & produced our debut album ourselves, & have just recently signed a deal for its release on our newly created record label ‘The Anti-Machine Machine’, which will be released by EMI Music Australia. This is a unique deal & a first of its kind for EMI Music Australia & our management company Original Matters. The title of the album is derived from a Hunter S. Thompson book (Generation of Swine). Being an avid Hunter fan I have enjoyed many of his books, although this one quote in particular stood out to me several years ago, it made sense to me then & even more so now. I underlined that quote & at the time of posting our first few songs on the internet I posted that quote alongside it… ‘Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride’. In every possible way this ride has been a rollercoaster of highs & lows, but we’re still riding it & even at this time of the impending release of our debut album where it feels like we’re nearing the end of one aspect of the ‘ride’, we are in fact only at the very beginning.” – Aimee Nash