Posted in music | pictures | tour dates on May 4, 2011

words by Bill Pearis, photos by Tim Griffin

DOWNLOAD: The Black Ryder - Gone Without Feeling (MP3)

the girls of Black Ryder @ Austin Psych Fest
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Australian duo (and band) The Black Ryder are in town this week, after having played Austin Psych Fest over the weekend (pictures in this post). They played Glasslands last night (5/3) with the Big Sleep, and will play the downstairs room at Santos tonight (5/4) with Heaven and My Best Fiend. Before Psych Fest they went on a short tour with Spectrum.

Made up of former Morning After Girls members Scott Von Ryper and Miss Aimee Nash, The Black Ryder released their debut Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride in late 2009 which got released in America last year on Mexican Summer. Members of Black Rebel Motorcyle Club, Swervedriver and Brian Jonestown Massacre guested on the album which should give you a good idea of what they sound like. To give you an even better idea, download "Gone Without Feeling" at the top of this post.

The openers at Santos tonight are pretty good. My Best Fiend are not that far from Spiritualized angelic comedown vibe -- download their Jesus Christ EP for free here. The three guys in Heaven have played with Adam Franklin, Dean & Britta, the Comas, The Big Sleep and others and lay down a dreamy/heavy sound of their own. It's a well-curated night of bliss-out music at high volume, and stick around for the afterparty with Calle's Aurellio Valle DJIng (and others).

NYC show flyer, a video and more pictures from Psych Fest, below...

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The Black Ryder also appear at San Francisco Popfest on May 25th

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Comments (30)

i really feel like bv is cheating on us with the whore that is austin.

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2011 4:48 PM

...or former NYC resident Tim Griffin moved to Austin... ever think of that bozo?

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2011 4:55 PM

Regardless all the Austin coverage is pointless. It's one thing to cover events like SXSW but I'd be willing to bet the majority of people reading this blog give a shit about this.

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2011 4:58 PM

Austin has 3 major points that make it a fantastic town:
1. Good live music scene.
2. Texas woman = HOT
3. Hummus stands at nearly every corner.

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2011 4:58 PM

About 3\4 of the bands listed for this "Psych" fest are not that at all and are just basically slow hipster rock like Crystal Stilts.

Do any of these bands know who any of the original 70's Psych groups were?

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2011 5:09 PM

Aw, yeayah ... that's what I'm tawkin' about! Slammin' shorties with guitars!

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2011 5:20 PM

original...70's...psych?

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2011 6:11 PM

Is the one chick's necklace the sign of the Deathly Hallows?

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2011 6:32 PM

Late 60's and 70's psych which none of these bands are except for 13th floor Elevators.

Then theres The Incredible String Band and Tangerine Dream, and Can fall under prog psych in the 70's.

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2011 9:02 PM

let me guess they sound like jesus and the mary chain

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2011 9:29 PM

so, only bands from the 60's and 70's are allowed to play psych music?

Posted by atx | May 4, 2011 11:41 PM

I saw that photog at the festival. He looked like a fish out of water in that scene. Photos are boring, the band shots look like they are dead however they were having a great time. Funny none of his shots capture that.

Posted by Anonymous | May 5, 2011 8:12 AM

First...no "I'd hit it"? You people suck.

Second, you should have sent a photog to the show at Glasslands. I don't live in Austin.

Posted by Anonymous | May 5, 2011 8:39 AM

My best fiend...not "my best friend"

Posted by Anonymous | May 5, 2011 9:33 AM

I live in Austin and read this blog daily. i know many others here who do as well. really, if you're not interested in the austin coverage, just skip it over. all you have to do is press the down arrow or even the "page down" button.

Posted by Anonymous | May 5, 2011 10:27 AM

Dear Austin Vegan,

I was wondering if you had ever thought of doing a blog based in Brooklyn. It'd be smashing! All kinds of snarky commentary, men making crude comments towards gaighs and women. Think about it.

Yrs,

New Yorker

Posted by Anonymous | May 5, 2011 10:55 AM

what's that? you're looking for the definition of contrived? well then, take a look on up there at the band listed here. bingo, bitches!

Posted by Anonymous | May 5, 2011 10:57 AM

The correct name of the band is "My Best Fiend". "Pretty good" is blasé and an insult to the band's music.

Posted by Anonymous | May 5, 2011 11:00 AM

ah, the Black Angels...cool vibe music, but do you ever wonder if the drummer wants to blow his brains out due to boredom? i would have to be reeeaaally stoned or drunk to enjoy playing that pattern. but it definitely holds the song together, so what do i know.

to each their own, i suppose.
Saucerful Of Secrets FTW.

Posted by the jim | May 5, 2011 11:04 AM

If you saw Crystal Stilts play with Moon Duo or Spectrum you'd know that they can get pretty psychy.

Posted by Anonymous | May 5, 2011 11:12 AM

Hey New Yorker,
Get Bent!

Austin Vegan

Posted by Anonymous | May 5, 2011 11:24 AM

What a bunch of whiny little bitches.

"Brooklyn" Vegan is a national brand. I like that the coverage extends everywhere. If the exact same festival was held in BKLYN, you'd be pissing your pants if you'd ever stop talking about hummmus. What's next: complaining that some kid in Tennessee likes the Yankees?

Posted by Anonymous | May 5, 2011 11:35 AM

>so, only bands from the 60's and 70's are allowed to play psych music?

listen to me! i've told you how many times now?!?!?!?!?!

'60s and '70s. not 60's and 70's. bitch.

Posted by Anonymous | May 5, 2011 11:39 AM

{{{ If you saw Crystal Stilts play with Moon Duo or Spectrum you'd know that they can get pretty psychy. }}}

Hahaha. And ...... if I saw them play with Spacemen 3 or Acid Mothers Temple & the Melting Paraiso U.F.O., then I would reaffirm my theory that they're a bunch of pussy Billyburg hipster fakes who want to look like '60s (not 60's) Lou Reed & Co.

Posted by Anonymous | May 5, 2011 11:41 AM

that is indeed the symbol of the deathly hallows

also, the guitarist is hotter than the bassist. too get back to what's important.

Posted by Anonymous | May 5, 2011 5:15 PM

She used to play with Marnie Stern and looked totally different - apparently black is on the payroll.

Posted by Anonymous | May 5, 2011 9:03 PM

The Brooklyn -vs- Austin debate is a tough one! I suppose the tipping point would be who has the better hummus.

Posted by Anonymous | May 5, 2011 9:45 PM

Posted by Anonymous | May 5, 2011 11:55 PM

Wow. There's a lot of idiotic comments here.

-some guy from Austin

Posted by Ed Bluestein | May 6, 2011 3:47 PM

Musick needs no genre to be put to it. I went to Austin Psych Fest and it was a great time. Dont be so upset, because not everything can be perfect in your eyes.

Posted by not important | May 15, 2011 11:45 AM

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