The Black Ryder

The Door Behind the Door (The Anti-Machine Machine)

The Black Ryder

2013 Psych Fest deluge survivors, the Black Ryder are scarcely the same band that carved out 2009's Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride, goth-tinged garage-rock replaced for the follow-up with ethereal doom. Their debut hinted at this metamorphosis in the dreamlike "Outside," but as Australia-via-L.A. core duo Aimee Nash and Scott Von Ryper swap lead vocals, their psych influences have never been clearer than on The Door Behind the Door, with brief swerves into gospel ("Throwing Stones") and maudlin lullaby ("Until the Calm of Dawn"). While bookend instrumentals – dour cosmic prelude "Babylon" and the mournful strings of "(Le Dernier Sommeil) The Final Sleep" – resonate, the vocals are wan and the production too polished. Maybe live grit will stir them bones. (Sat., 8.30pm, Levitation Tent)


A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

More Music Reviews
Texas Platters
... And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead
X: The Godless Void and Other Stories (Record Review)

Alejandra Ramirez, Feb. 21, 2020

Texas Platters
Daniel Johnston
Chicago 2017 (Record Review)

Raoul Hernandez, Feb. 21, 2020

More by Richard Whittaker
AFF Interview: Taking the <i>Blinders</i> Off
AFF Interview: Blinders
Vincent van Horn takes the scary path to Hollywood

Oct. 23, 2020

Alright, Alright, Alright: <i>Dazed and Confused</i> in Print
Alright, Alright, Alright: Dazed and Confused in Print
AFS celebrates new oral history with virtual signing

Oct. 23, 2020


the Black Ryder

One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

New recipes and food news delivered Mondays

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle