There are two bands with the similar name: 1. Freerider - A rock band from Northern Ireland 2. Freerider - A rock band from the USA 1. Regarding "Freerider" from N. Ireland: Freerider should not be listened too while operating heavy machinery.. Having developed a strong fan base through their hardworking, aggressive performances Freerider have forced their way into the Northern Irish Music scene. They play attractive rock songs about the types of life living which can dangerously distract the listener. Song writing duo Niall Donnelly and Matt McGlynn like to regard themselves as poets but are generally regarded as bums. they strain influences from Thin lizzy to the foo fighters and from led zepplin to BRMC AND QOTSA.. Regularly told that he has a voice like Lynyrd Skynyrd front man, Ronnie Van Zant; Niall feels uncomfortable in the company of compliments, insults budding fans and avoids plane journeys. His interests include music. Lead guitarist Matt McGlynn is bafflingly versatile on his instrument, but has few other redeeming features. He enjoys, late nights and stealing other people’s jokes he always pays for his own pints. Bass player Liam Donnelly is the band's hard man, and spends much of his time during gigs pointing out potential trouble makers to the security staff, his interests include fighting other bass players and trips to the toilet. Freerider’s drummer Howard Salisbury sees himself as a sticks-smith, but is the only person who knows what that really means, he prefers his own company and enjoys showering and pointing out other people’s faults. Individually, the reclusive four are barely worth knowing, but as a band they unite to forge a gargantuan original sound with thumping bass lines, shrilling choruses, roaring guitars and stomping drums, a perfect accompaniment to hard drinking, breaking up with your girlfriend and unprovoked antisocial behavior. Freerider hope to see you at a gig soon. 2. Freerider (USA): FREERIDER sounds like "hippie-shredder groove-rock": Chris Cornell meets King's X. U2 meets Alice in Chains. Steve Vai meets Pearl Jam. "The Freerider members (Steve Coyne on Guitars and Vocals, Todd Erickson on Bass and Lead Vocals and Jeremy Waybright on Drums and Vocals) are exemplary practitioners of hard rock/Metallica-esque metal music and give a lesson in how this sort of thing should be done. The three players are tight as a drum." "These are thought-provoking songs, honest and even heart-stopping lyrics which soar on the wings of Eddie Vedder/Chris Cornell-ish vocals over a thick bed of guitar-drenched, 3-piece groove metal.” - Marty McCool, critic/author/journalist, Ireland (continued from FREERIDER's bio) FREERIDER is a power trio with thick, melodic guitars, introspective, honest lyrics and songwriting that reflects a lifetime of listening to, developing and creating music. From The Beatles to Metallica to U2 and every great band in between, listeners feel FREERIDER's influences. The Police, Van Halen, AC/DC, King's X, Pearl Jam, Tool, Audioslave, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, The Who, Led Zeppelin and Rush, you know, the usual rock 'n roll suspects, have all had a hand in stirring the musical stew that is FREERIDER. FREERIDER formed in Boston as “Mere Mortals” by bassist/vocalist, Todd. Current members have been together since 1993 forging a 15 year history as band members, friends & songwriting partners. FREERIDER wrote, recorded and mixed their debut CD entirely at drummer Waybright’s home studio "The Time Vacuum". The band released demos and performed extensively around Greater Boston. FREERIDER performed at Boston’s prestigious Hatch Shell on the Esplanade as part of the NARAS Grammy Festival (as Mere Mortals). Inspired by the character in their pop-metal anthem “No Ride Denied”, the trio morphed in to “FREERIDER” in 1999 when two other Mere Mortals emerged with CD’s, web sites, etc. “No Ride Denied” became the obvious title track and FREERIDER finally released their debut regionally on the bands’ own Enduro Music Productions label in 2000. FREERIDER played several noteworthy New England dates to support its release. FREERIDER performed the 2001 New England dates of the Ernie Ball Moto Music Madness Tour . FREERIDER has extensive individual and collective performing, recording and collaborative songwriting experience: * Guitarist Steve Coyne holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Professional Music from Berklee College of Music. * Drummer Jeremy Waybright completed Percussion and Recording Technology Programs at Musicians Institute, Hollywood, CA. * Bassist/vocalist/lyricist Todd Erickson holds a PhB (Phat Bass) from FREERIDER UNIVERSITY, the band's own "school of rock", www.myspace.com/freerideru Erickson also received a Boston Music Award for "Best Rock Song" with his former pop/punk/metal trio, "SHAKE THE FAITH". FREERIDER is currently exploring opportunities for the CD and the songs with publishers, producers and licensing agents. CD Baby is handling distribution of the current release of "No Ride Denied". After 15+ years hitch-hiking the back roads of life, FREERIDER gratefully embraces the experiences that have brought them to this juncture. Inspired by current bands like Foo Fighters, Alter Bridge, Shinedown, Bullet For My Valentine, Deftones, Breaking Benjamin, Operator, Hoobastank, 10 Years and Stone Sour, FREERIDER embraces opportunity. FREERIDER is standing on the shoulder of the super highway to the future, bravely holding a sign that pleads, “No Ride Denied”. Thank you for the ride. Buy/download at http://cdbaby.com/freerider Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.