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Canyon Ryde

Canyon Ryde

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  • Fri 2 Jun ’17, 8:30pm


The Common Room, 227 Heretaunga St East, Hastings



To all music lovers... come see some original 4 piece psych country rock! Drift off on some original sun-kissed retro vibes close to Neil Young, Byrds, '70s Beach Boys. Lots of new song to air for the second LP.

Some reviews of the first LP: 4 Stars Maverick Magazine: ‘Canyon Ryde is the vehicle for singer-songwriter Phil Lively-Masters and his superb songs that are evocative of America’s West Coast countryish pop-rock of the late 1960s and early 1970s… It is a gorgeous listening experience, especially on the captivating ‘Marine Drive’.

8/10 Americana UK: ‘’Subtle and dreamy country boasting a host of Americana luminaries... ‘Free to Be’ is a great country record that is subtle in its approach, gentle in its intentions and presented in a fine packaging that shows that Canyon Ryde is more than a band, more than an album, it’s an experience that they want you to join them in’

Sony/Universal Music Historian/Author Richard Havers: ‘Big Names in The Making’… the opening act on the main stage - named Sweet Home Alabama, was the intriguingly named Canyon Ryde, featuring the exquisite songs of Phil Lively-Masters. Imagine you’ve been stranded on a California hill farm circa 1969 and you get the vibe. Their music is just so damned catchy!’

Spiral Earth - ‘Free To Be’ shortlisted for Americana Release of The Year: ‘A scenic journey taking in all the romance of the beaches, sunsets, and as many carefree moments as can be shoe-horned into one album… 'Restless Blues' morphs into a fuzz-fest of guitars, with Louris sailing close to a Clarence White wig out. 'Shining Warmth Of The Sun' is a DNA tangle of The Byrds and The Jayhawks.

'Till We Find' and 'New Beginning' are modern Americana chipped from a classic mould with vocals to melt the blackest heart. As the album progresses, and the shadows lengthen, the tracks relax into elongated meditations with 'Beyond Lies The Open Sea' stretching to over eight minutes of psychedelic Hammond organ and riffs. Following up is 'Seven Summers' layering on sheets of glorious melancholy for a memorable coda. A musical companion to remind you why we slog through the hard times’.

Mojo Magazine: ‘The sticker on the front cover of Canyon Ryde's debut states that their music is "sun-kissed Americana circa 1968 to 1972". These claims have been fully supported by an excellent and very mature sounding debut in ‘Free to Be’. Even the cover art suggests something from that period… Another fine example of a talented ‘under the radar’ British outfit producing American inspired music as good as, if not better, than a lot of Americans on the same trip. Highly Recommended!’

Uncut Magazine - Americana Album of The Month: ‘A prime platter for those of you who prefer your sounds smoked in the glow of porch reclining country blues idly watching the falling arc of drifting clouds whispering gently over the horizon amid sun glazed lulls, perfect for those attuned to the soft driftwood sounds of Buffalo Springfield and Gram Parsons; as to the track ‘Free to be’, itself utterly blissful replete with steel guitar opines, hushed harmonicas and lush in feel good carefree vibes’.

Amazon.com - I had the good fortune to see this band support The Jayhawks last year and have kept an eye on them ever since. This is such a mature debut and crammed full of great tunes. Go get yourself a copy!

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