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Just a Ride February 23, 2022

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Just a Ride is on a mission to revive the spirit of the early 90s alternative rock scene that burst out of Seattle and influenced a generation. Huge fans of Stone Temple Pilots, Soundgarden, and Pearl Jam, the UK-based four-piece draws its influence from that era.

Combining this with their millennial punk rock and nu-metal upbringing the result is a sound that carries the legacy of grunge with a contemporary twist.

Founded by former Violent Delight bandmates Rod Henderson (vocals) and Drew Lowe (guitar) in 2015 as a writing project after some time out of the music industry, the pair added drummer Alex Bailey and bassist Russ Stedman to complete the line-up and bring their sound to the live stage.

Having recently recorded their debut album the band is ready to take the rock world by storm. Scheduled for release February 25th 2022, the album was produced by Dave Draper (The Wildhearts, The Professionals) and mixed by the legendary Chris Sheldon (Foo Fighters, Biffy Clyro).
The lads will be out on the road to promote the record throughout 2022.

Just A Ride have been busy writing and are booked to go back into the studio to continue to develop their sound and feed the growing appetite for their grunge-infused hard rock.

With great support from Spotify and a growing following across their social media accounts the band have been able to reach music fans and collaborate with artists across the globe; an experience that provides a great source of creative inspiration.

The band’s burning ambition is to cement their place at the forefront of the resurgent scene and turn these virtual connections into international live shows.

The stage is set. The time is now. All you need to do is come along for the ride…

Band Members:

Rodney – Vocals – Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Drew – Guitar – Andover, Hampshire
Alex – Drums – Ilkley, Yorkshire

Live dates:

Friday, Feb 25th – The Black Heart, London (album release show)
Saturday, Feb 26th – The Rockhouse, Andover
Friday, March 11th – The Motorsport Lounge, Llandudno
Saturday, March 12th – The Dragonffli, Pontypool
Tuesday, March 22nd – The Chameleon, Nottingham (support for The Timeouts)
Wednesday, March 23rd – Trillians, Newcastle
Monday, March 28th – The New Cross Inn, London (support for The Crooked 45)
Wednesday, March 30th – Bannermans, Edinburgh
Thursday, March 31st – 13th Note, Glasgow


No Way Out is a song about how many young people today are becoming riddled with debt and are unable to make the same start in their lives that previous generations took for granted. As someone (Rod) who was consumed with credit card debt at a low point in my mid-twenties it is a subject that we have real life experience of too! It was a hell of a battle to get out of it and as a student of economics it isn’t too difficult to see that our financial system is pretty much built to do this to people. The song references a few ways in which the financial sector pretty much controls our lives; debt slavery, the way we sell our rights and privacy for services that appear free but really aren’t, the erosion of democracy to suit corporate interests, and the question, “is chasing the fruits of a consumer lifestyle really living”?

When we recorded the song we were deep in the 2020 COVID pandemic so lyrically it lined up well with how a lot of people were thinking at the time, when it was unclear when life would get back to normal. It did feel back then that there was no way out, but hopefully we can all look to brighter days ahead as we appear to be slowly returning to some sort of normalcy.

The song was one of the first we wrote, actually part of the demos that Drew put together before auditioning band members. It follows a really straight forward structure; lead by a repeating main riff that makes up the verse, chorus, and middle 8. Although we very much see ourselves as heavily grunge influenced, “No Way Out” has more of a classic rock vibe, another genre that we are big fans of:  Rod – Vocals

Musical influences for each band member:

Alex – Royal Blood, Foo Fighters, 60s RnB
Drew – Stone Temple Pilots, Alice in Chains, Extreme, Bon Jovi, Kiss
Rod – Stone Temple Pilots, Kiss, Quicksand, Refused, Blink 182, Andrew WK

For fans of: 

Stone Temple Pilots, Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver, Foo Fighters, Nirvana, Massive Wagons

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