The Rides

Pierced Arrow

Provogue Records/Mascot Label Group

From the opening Stonesy burst of Kick Out Of It, it is clear that this outfit is back in town, guns blazing and creative. It is a dream lineup – Barry Goldberg on keys, adept Jackson Browne and CSN bassist Kevin McCormick with Double Trouble/ KWS drum baron Chris Layton..topped off with Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Steve Stills on the guitars.

Having spoken to Stills at length when the group formed it is evident he has the highest respect for the whole band as pals and professionals. The sound is sparky as opposed to smooth.

Riva Diva is hardnosed number. Virtual World has a fresh harmonic sound and single status. By My Side leads with a tender acoustic touch before the firepower arrives. Mr Policeman finds Stills tongue in cheek. I’ve Got To Use My Imagination was co-written by Barry and more of this elsewhere. The nod here is to Bobby Bland.

Game On has gritty harp in the mix which produces a raw roadhouse brew. I Need Your Lovin’ takes a rockabilly route, with guitar tones to suit and that joyous Goldberg 88s sound. There Was A Place shows a soul leaning and a reflective Stills.

My Babe celebrates females and not all blues sings do.

No pun intended, readers but this crew really are driven…

The Rides

Pete Sargeant

The Rides new studio album ‘Pierced Arrow’ is out now on Provogue Records/Mascot Label Group. For more information visit their official website here: