Formed in 2016, Ryder is a hard rock band hailing from Queens, New York. Signed in 2021 by UK recording label, Bad Monkey, the band uses their varied talents to throw down in a classic style for a modern crowd. Lead singer & guitarist, James Ryder, reminds us what determination, passion and the spirit of rock means. Tim Freyr’s memorable and resounding bass sounds resonates with audiences; Billy Smith fuses precision with rebellion on drums and guitarist Andrew Block rounds out the band by weaving musical threads that unite Ryder into a single force of pure rock.

Ryder plays at their best to live audiences with their authentically heavy sound. Their first EP, For What It’s Worth, is a live compilation of original songs. Ryder has played at some of the most iconic venues in the United States like LA’s Whiskey A-Go-Go, NY’s Gramercy Theater, NJ’s Wellmont Theater, the 2018 & 2019 Rocklahoma Festival et al. and knows how to leave a lasting impression on these audiences. With mass appeal and music that leaves you wanting more, Ryder is set to bring back those nostalgic memories of rock concerts of the past with a mix of modern day rock vibes that take their live concerts to the next level.

Ryder’s first studio album, Killer Karma, came to life with producer, Anthony Esposito (Lynch Mob/Ace Frehley/Jake E Lee’s Red Dragon Cartel) at Obscenic Arts Studio in Dillsburg, PA. Released in August 2020, it has already caught the attention of fans across the world with it’s classic yet contemporary sound. Killer Karma fills in the gap of what’s been so sorely missing in the hard rock scene lately. Ryder’s style pays respect to bands prior like Thin Lizzy, Aerosmith, Black Sabbath while incorporating their own modern spin on hard rock that impresses audiences from the East to West Coast.

This is the rock you’ve been missing finally come to life in a unique band of passionate and talented musicians. Stay tuned to this page for all of Ryder’s adventures and upcoming shows.