The Black Ryder


The Black Ryder is songwriting duo Aimee Nash and Scott Von Ryper, who originate from Sydney, Australia.

The Black Ryder
OriginSydney, Australia
GenresPsychedelic rock, dream pop, space rock, art rock, alternative rock, experimental rock, shoegazing
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, keyboards, percussion
Years active2007-present
LabelsThe Anti-Machine Machine / EMIMusic Australia
Associated actsThe Jesus & Mary Chain, The Morning After Girls, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Brian Jonestown Massacre
WebsiteOfficial site
MembersAimee Nash
Scott Von Ryper

Their debut album Buy The Ticket, Take The Ride was released through their own label The Anti-Machine Machine / EMI Music Australia on 6 November 2009,[1] and Mexican Summer[2] Records in America on 21 September 2010.

They released their second album The Door Behind The Door on 24 February 2015 internationally through The Anti-Machine Machine and The Orchard.[3]


The Black Ryder formed in 2007 by founding members Aimee Nash and Scott Von Ryper after their exit from The Morning After Girls.

Whilst the duo play the majority of instruments on their recordings they also feature guest players on recordings and in their live shows. Contributors and guests have included members from The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Cat Power, The Church, and Swervedriver.

The band have released two albums to date:

Buy the Ticket, Take the RideEdit

Released in 2009, their self-produced debut was included in Rolling Stone (Australia) Best Albums of 2010[4][5] and earned them a nomination as Best New Artist.[6] The album featured many guest players, including Ricky Maymi from The Brian Jonestown Massacre, and Peter Hayes and Leah Shapiro from Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.[7]

The Door Behind the DoorEdit

Released in 2015 the album was again self-produced and drew international critical acclaim, notably from Rolling Stone,[8] Stereogum,[9] Interview Magazine,[10] Entertainment Weekly[11] and Noisey.[12]


The Black Ryder have played/toured with The Jesus & Mary Chain, The Cult, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Primal Scream, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Black Angels, The Charlatans, Pete Kember (Spectrum), Broken Social Scene, The Raveonettes and Tamaryn.

In 2009, The Black Ryder made their live debut opening for Black Rebel Motorcycle Club on their Australian tour followed by subsequent Australian tours with Brian Jonestown Massacre,[13] The Charlatans, and The Raveonettes.

In May 2010 the band supported The Cult on their Love Live Australian tour and continued touring in the US with The Cult after relocating to Los Angeles in September 2010.

In 2011 The Black Ryder performed at Noise Pop Festival, 2011 Clean Air Clear Stars Festival (Pappy & Harriet's); as well as shows with Broken Social Scene, Pete Kember (Spectrum) and Tamaryn.

In 2012, the band were invited to perform at SXSW (Austin, Texas). In 2013, the band played at Austin Psych Fest. They also joined Primal Scream,[14] and The Black Angels on their west coast shows.

In September 2014, The Black Ryder were invited to play at George Fest: A night to Celebrate the Music of George Harrison where they performed their version of George Harrison's Isn't It A Pity. Recorded and filmed at The Fonda Theater in Los Angeles, the concert and DVD also featured artists such as Brian Wilson, Norah Jones, Brandon Flowers, Conan O Brien, Ben Harper, Dhani Harrison, Ian Astbury, Perry Farrell and many more.

In 2015 the band played their own headline shows in the US and UK in support of their second album release The Door Behind The Door and joined The Jesus & Mary Chain on their 30th Anniversary tour of Psycho Candy in America.[15][16]

They also performed at 'Levitation' (Austin Psych Fest) where they were noted by Noisey as being one of the festival highlights.[17]


Guest artists and players have included:

Several of The Black Ryder's musical works include scores for Australian Jewelry designers MANIAMANIA. The films for 'The Third Mind' collection (featuring Abbey Lee Kershaw) were launched on the New York Times website, as well as other high fashion + lifestyle sites.[18][19][20][21]

Personal lifeEdit

Nash married Ian Astbury, the singer of The Cult, in a Las Vegas ceremony in May 2012.[22]

Nash and Von Ryper are currently based in Los Angeles.



  • Buy The Ticket, Take The Ride - 6 November 2009 (The Anti-Machine Machine / EMI Music Australia / Mexican Summer)
  • The Door Behind the Door - 24 February 2015 (The Anti-Machine Machine)

Film and televisionEdit

Sweet Come Down was featured in 2014 major motion picture Son of a Gun starring Ewan McGregor.[23]

All That We See was featured in the end of Episode 7 / Season 7 of House M.D. "A Pox on Our House" in 2010.

Nash appeared as guest vocals on the Black Rebel Motorcycle Club track Done All Wrong which was featured in the Twilight Saga: New Moon soundtrack in 2009.

Grass - HBO show Damages (an Emmy and Golden Globe-award-winning show) in 2009.


  • "Sweet Come Down" - Taken from the album Buy The Ticket, Take The Ride; Directed by Michael Spiccia[24]
  • "Let Me Be Your Light" - Taken from the album The Door Behind the Door; Directed by Juan Azulay

Compilation albumsEdit

  • George Fest: A night to Celebrate the Music of George Harrison (BMG Recorded Music/Hot Records) Release Date: 26 February 2015[25]
  • Son of a Gun - Motion Picture Soundtrack Release date 2015[26]
  • Live from Nowhere near you - Vol 2 Release date 2011[27]
  • Coastal Chill (EMI Records) Release date 2010[28]
  • Let It Go and Rise - Burn Your Fingers on the Sun (Darkland Recordings / Off the Hip – Australia) Release Date: 1 January 2008[29]
  • Let It Go - Dead Bees Record Sampler # 6 (Dead Bees records - France) Release Date: 1 May 2007[30]
  • Let It Go - Turn on Your Mind (Psilocybin Sounds – UK) Release Date: 1 March 2007[31]


  1. ^ "The Black Ryder to release debut album on own label, 'The Anti-Machine Machine' via EMI Music". Music Feeds. Retrieved 4 March 2015.
  2. ^ "Mexican Summer 'Buy The Ticket, Take The Ride'". Mexican Summer. Retrieved 21 September 2010.
  3. ^ "The Black Ryder announce release Door Behind The Door". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 5 February 2015.
  4. ^ [1] Archived 1 February 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "MTV Black Ryder bio page". MTV. Retrieved 28 April 2016.
  6. ^ "Soulshine Rolling Stone nomination 'Best New Artist'". Soulshine. Retrieved 13 April 2010.
  7. ^ "Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride Credits". AllMusic.
  8. ^ "Kid Rock Puckers Up, Led Zep Gets 'Physical' & More. Plus, new albums from Gang of Four and Black Ryder". Retrieved 25 February 2015.
  9. ^ "The Black Ryder – "Santaria" (Stereogum Premiere)". Retrieved 1 October 2014.
  10. ^ "Interview Magazine premieres 'Black Ryder Let Me Be Your Light' film". Retrieved 10 March 2015.
  11. ^ "The Black Ryder's 'Let Me Be Your Light' is gothy shoegaze perfection". Retrieved 5 February 2015.
  12. ^ "Noisey exclusive premiere of Seventh Moon". Retrieved 15 January 2015.
  13. ^ Easton, Max (1 November 2009). "The Black Ryder – Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride | Soulshine | Australian Independent Music". Soulshine. Retrieved 4 March 2015.
  14. ^ [2] Archived 3 December 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ "Brooklyn Vegan ~ JAMC & The Black Ryder". 11 May 2015.
  16. ^ "Louder Than War ~ The Black Ryder to support The Jesus & Mary Chain on USA tour". 11 May 2015.
  17. ^ "Noisey ~ The Black Ryder one of the highlights of Levitation". 28 September 2015.
  18. ^ Zalopany, Chelsea (6 September 2011). "Now Playing | ManiaMania's 'The Third Mind'". Archived from the original on 8 August 2012. Retrieved 20 November 2020.
  19. ^ "Dust". Retrieved 4 March 2015.
  20. ^ "The Third Mind". Retrieved 4 March 2015.
  21. ^ "Press | Shop Designer Crystal Jewellery Online | ManiaMania". Retrieved 4 March 2015.
  22. ^ Laudadio, Marisa; Dodd, Johnny (29 May 2012). "The Cult's Ian Astbury Weds in Las Vegas". People. Retrieved 3 June 2012.
  23. ^ "Son of a Gun (2014) - IMDb". Retrieved 20 November 2020.
  24. ^ "Michael Spiccia". Retrieved 20 November 2020.
  25. ^ [3][dead link]
  26. ^ "Son of a Gun (2015) Soundtrack". Retrieved 20 November 2020.
  27. ^ "Live From Nowhere Near You, Vol. 2: Pacific Northwest - Various Artists | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 20 November 2020.
  28. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 22 August 2019. Retrieved 17 January 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  29. ^ "IIS7". Retrieved 4 March 2015.
  30. ^ "Dead Bees Records - The Temporary Thing - Call Me Loretta - The Nova Express - Eyelash Pulse - A Poplar - Director's Cut - De Neuve". Retrieved 4 March 2015.
  31. ^ [4] Archived 14 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine

External linksEdit

  • Official website