Trends come and go and cycle back around in the music business — there have been revivals of Punk, Psychedelic Rock, Dance music in various forms from Disco to House to today’s EDM, three waves of Ska, even Rockabilly. So when Ride announced their first major tour since the 1990s, I tried to get tickets to their only NYC show at Terminal 5 on June 4. But sold out, $35 face value tix currently reselling at a minimum of $155 means my only other realistic shot of catching Shoegaze’s most commercially successful band will be at Coachella 2015.
With reunion tours by the likes of My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive — and the long-delayed/anticipated release in April 2013 of MBV, a Shoegaze revival could almost be imagined. The genre has come a long way since MBV’s hugely influential and genre-defining classics Isn’t Anything (1988) and Loveless (1991). Of course, while these bands were long-dormant, something weird happened in the 2000s… could it be? “Nu gaze?” Acts like Dangerbird Records’ Silversun Pickups, Maps, Blonde Redhead, and My Vitriol were inspired by all of the above and some of the original source material (Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr., Jesus & Mary Chain, etc.).
More recently, a slew of new bands have been impacting the national scene, including such Orchard-distributed artists as Whirr, Black Hearted Brother, Ringo Deathstarr, plus the likes of Brooklyn’s own effects pedalers A Place To Bury Strangers, Grooms, Nothing…..the list keeps on mushrooming! Now you can add to that group, Sydney-via-LA transplants, The Black Ryder. With their second album The Door Behind The Door out today on The Anti-Machine Machine label, The Black Ryder were recently announced as the opening act on JAMC’s 30th Anniversary “Psychocandy” U.S. tour — a perfect opportunity to expose fans old and nu to future classics “Santaria,” “The Going Up Was Worth The Coming Down” and the first video “Seventh Moon.” The sky could literally be the limit for The Black Ryder with an upcoming appearance at Austin Psych Fest/Levitation. Stick around a few years, this could get mighty interesting and lol, just a little bit strange.