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"Album Review - Mess and Noise"


I first saw Ryder play around two or three years ago, in duo format, supporting Mia Dyson and Jaimi Faulkner at Melbourne’s Corner Hotel. I remember seeing only their last two songs, but I also remember being suitably impressed. So you can imagine the interest level was quite high when, all these years later, their debut LP landed on my desk.

“Urban roots” is how Ryder bill themselves, but as we all know, “roots” is the most overused term in Australian music today, so that could mean anything. What it means in this case is a rather beguiling mix of blues-based folk-infused pop music, culminating in a record which on first listen, seems to tentatively stand up nicely on its own.

Fronted by the full, rich voice of Jade Myconos, Ryder are ostensibly a four-piece, albeit in this case with some added instrumentalists to fill out the record. Opener, ‘Alibi’, which is the single doing the rounds at the moment, lays bare the group's blues influence; a head-nodding groove courtesy of some dirty acoustic slide, but it's possessed of some serious pop sensibility as well. After this track though, the mood changes quite dramatically, leaning further towards the pop side of things. Things do dip and weave though, but the band still holds together as a cohesive unit.

Overall, Get Up has a fairly dark feel to it. Time will tell though whether this sort of melancholic, yet melodic music will strike a chord with the masses.

by Sam Fell
- Mess and Noise


"Album Review - The Dwarf"

I’m happy. I bought some strawberries, a bottle of Peach Iced Tea and sat down at my desk to listen to Ryder. The day having been a synthesis of screeching children (both those of literal childhood age and those who simply act it, climbing the stairs up to Retrostar like flaneletted wildebeest) and low energy vessels, this assemblance of delights was just what I needed to wash the stench of school holidays and deadlines from my hair.

Ryder are a folk-rootsy-pop four-piece that bring to mind a kind of open-air congeniality that welcomes all. From the country-esque sharp guitar sounds of opener Alibi to swoony rock-guitar and balladeering of closer Before You Know It. The band is made of four musicians who truly get each other; who work and mesh together like butter and bread.

The nucleus of the band, however, is singer Jade Myconos’ amazing vocals. She erupts with heartfelt vox that make the listener go all-a-quiver, present company included. I’m a sucker for a decent vocalist; such is my fixation with the likes of Dinah and Eartha and, with a harmonious, swaying band behind her, Jade is an idol.

But, back to the tunes before one gets too apple polishing. There’s the dark, desperate This Day. There’s the incredibly pleasant, Jewel-esque (that’s a compliment- I love Jewel) Little Games. There’s the gospel-touched, arms-waving-in-the-air Saviour (no, it’s not about who you think it may be about). There’s the dark-ish country (complete with stompbox, head-nodding beat and Western guitar sound, so much so I’m tempted to jump-a on ma horse and rahde offa inta the sunset, y’all) of You May Be Right. Shall I just say, there are ten tracks, the quality of which are astounding for local talent having only been on the scene a few years? I shall.

Having recently trawled MySpace, as I so often do, for local bands whom I can shower with fandom and repute, I was suitably disappointed at the lack of awe the music was inspiring. But I coil my mind back to the day I stumbled upon Ryder in one of said trawls, and I realize it pays to keep truckin’. Don’t settle. Ryder remain one of Melbourne’s, and my, most prized possessions. - The Dwarf


Discography

2005 - Ryder - E.P.
2008 - Get, Up, Come On, Move On, I Feel Alone - Album

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When Jade Myconos sings, it’s a unique sound, both alluring and powerful, the songs beg for your attention, equally matched by the sound of the boys in her band. This is the sound of Ryder.

Based in Melbourne but originally from North-East Victoria, their brand of ‘Urban Roots’ encompassing blues, country, folk and pop, has been impressing audiences at pubs and festivals across Victoria for the past two years.

'Jade is one of those secrets you want to let all your friends in on - she has always inspired me to sing with soul, as she does so effortlessly.’ – Ella Hooper - The Verses/Killing Heidi.

Slipping into the scene slowly in 2005 with a self titled duo EP, featuring Jade and the inspiring Greg Whitehead (Matt Joe Gow Band) on acoustic guitar, bottle neck slide, lap steel and vocals, Ryder immediately received regular airplay on Triple J’s ‘Roots n All’ and community radio Australia wide.

‘Ryder, music from the soul that melts your heart’ - Dallas Frasca

Soon after the EPs release, the Ryder sound was rounded out with the addition of double and electric bassist, Trent McKenzie (The Bentleys, Fourth Floor Collapse, Cat Walker & the Male Models) and the stick and brushwork of Mark Aird on drums.

‘An excellent, excellent album’ - John Carver - Across the Tracks - PBS FM

Ryder have performed and toured regularly across Melbourne and regional Victoria, at such venues as the Corner Hotel, the Espy, Cornish Arms and Federation Square, and festivals such as Folk, Rhythm and Life, Apollo Bay Music Festival, Yackandandah Folk Festival, Mt Beauty Music Festival and Wangaratta Drought Relief.

Past supports include: Bomba, Zoophyte, The Vasco Era, 67 Special, Dallas Frasca, Killing Heidi, The Verses, Matt Joe Gow, Mia Dyson, Rambunctious, Jordie Lane, Liz Stringer, Downhills Home, Those Bloody McKennas & The Jaimi Faulkner Band.