The Ryde

The Ryde

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We are a loud rock band that always leaves crowds amazed and wanting to come back for more. Our high energy performances have turned the heads of industry heavyweights which got us playing festivals and opening for major acts.

Biography

The Ryde is a four piece hard rock band based in Toronto, Canada. The first incarnation of the band formed in 1998 around high school musicians in the northern hinterland of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada.

After the obligatory member changes of most school-age bands, a solid line-up emerged and the band began playing various small club gigs and recording rudimentary but energetic basement demos. Those early shows and recordings, and a growing fan base in their home town, bolstered their confidence and prompted a move to Canada's biggest metropolis, Toronto.

Once in "the Big Smoke", the band recorded their debut self titled EP. The disk landed them steadily improving club shows in their new home, opening slots for touring acts, and a prestigious festival show in Thunder Bay, opening for Vince Neil of Motley Crue. Shortly after this concert, the band parted ways with their lead guitarist, cementing their current line-up of Tim Shaw (vocals, rhythm guitar), Boris Novak (bass), Jeff Johnson (drums) and Andrew Roudny (lead guitar).

After accepting the new guitarist into the fold, the band's sound began to evolve away from their roots as brit-pop aficionados and veered to a more riff-laden guitar rock. The four members began each using their separate but compatible influences to create The Ryde’s signature sound.

Having found his voice singing against U2, The Verve and Incubus records, Shaw accepted his own band's quickened pace with an increased emphasis on syllabic attack and soaring choruses. Novak brought the heavy metal energy of Metallica and Tool. Johnson maintained the intricate drum sound of Incubus and The Red Hot Chili Peppers, and added a straight ahead drive to his repertoire of complex patterns. Roudny rounded out the new sound with intense, highly technical guitar parts and a pop-metal accessibility.

Their driving songs, celebratory live performances and enthusiastic fan base have made them a regular Saturday night headliner at the world famous Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto's most prestigious live music venue for up-and-coming acts.

A rigorous writing schedule has set them up with ample material for their 2008 full length studio album "Take Aim". They have caught the ear of 30 Seconds To Mars engineer Andre Doucette, who engineered and produced the album.

Lyrics

Step to the One

Written By: Tim Shaw

REACHING OUT
SUFFERING
MAKES NO SENCE

COMPLICATED
STRATEGIES
WON'T MAKE FIX

WELL I KNOW
I KNOW ALL SIGNS
POINT THE CLEAR

THE CLEAR ROAD
TRAVERSING
THROUGH LIFE

SO STEP TO THE
ONE YOU LOVE

SHES THE ONLY
THING ABOVE

AS I REACH FOR
YOU
INSTEAD

SO KEEP THAT
LOCKED UP
SAFE I'LL KEEP
FAITH

ITS THE TIMES
CHANGING
WORLD ROTATING
KEEP IN MIND

WELL I KNOW
I KNOW I HAVE
SEEN THE LIKES
OF YOU BEFORE

THE LIFE LIKE
DREAM IN EVERY
ONE

SO YOU STEP
TO THE ONE
YOU LOVE

SHES THE ONLY
THING ABOVE

AS I REACH FOR
YOU

I SEE THROUGH
TO THE OTHER
SIDE

AWARE OF WHATS
BEHIND HIDDEN
DOORS

LIES YES THOSE
LIES THEY GET
DEEPER WITH
TIME

TIME WHERE DOES
IT GO SO FAST

My Freedom

Written By: Tim Shaw

SHOT WITH A GUN
IT WASNT HARD
ENOUGH

FLASH BACK TO
TEN YEARS OLD
TROUBLE WAS
BREWING

INCASE OF HIGHS
THAT CAN'T BE
REACHED

I'LL DROP YOU A
LINE I'LL DROP
YOU A LINE I'LL
DROP YOU OUT
OF MIND.............

FICTION IS TOLD
TO BE MAKE
BELIEVE

STROLE OUT ON
YOUR OWN
MAKE IT IF YOU CAN

WELL I DON'T CARE
I SEE YOU STARE
THERES NO REFLECTION

I'LL DROP YOU A LINE
I'LL DROP YOU A LINE
I'LL DROP YOU OUT

‘CAUSE ITS MY FREEDOM
TO SAY WHAT I HAVE
IS WHAT YOU NEED

‘CAUSE ITS MY FREEDOM
TO SAY WHAT I HAVE
IS WHAT YOU NEED
AND NOW ITS GONE

Discography

"Take Aim" full length album, 2008.
7 song self titled EP, 2006.
5 song EP, 2004.

Set List

Setlists range from half hour to 2.5 hours. Sometimes we'll play one or two covers including tracks by U2, Led Zeppelin, Incubus, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Van Halen and more.