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Neon Lights Festival, Singapore

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Clockenflap Festival, Hong Kong

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Zepp Divercity, Tokyo, Japan
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Namba Hatch, Osaka, Japan

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The Republik, Honolulu, USA

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Interview with Mark Taylor of Ride The Network fanzine
Ride - The Network fanzines

Mark Taylor is no stranger to Ride or their fans, he was there at the beginning and ended up spending many years employed by the band. As a sideline he ran 'The Network' Ride fanzine and could be found selling them outside gigs during the bands original incarnation. Now the band are back together Mark can be found again outside Ride gigs selling his relaunched fanzine. In his latest edition, buy it now from ride.network, Mark has interviewed the band recently about the reunion and we thought we'd turn the tables and ask him some questions. So if we could start at the beginning of the Ride story, how did you first discover them and what were your first impressions? I regularly went to the Local Support (Oxford's music paper of the time) Friday promo nights at the Jericho Tavern. Dave Newton (now Ride's manager) was the promoter of the events and wrote/edited the paper. I was in the sixth form at the time and would go with my mate James Cherry and his elder (more musically sophisticated) brother Martin plus some other friends from school and my home village. Every week I would bootleg the show and then give Dave tapes to get an 'in' to the following show. The first local show I attended was coincidentally the Local Support first birthday party (1988) - the bill was The Quiet Men, who I immediately loved because of their Gothy lead singer Jairo, The Clamheads (featuring Mac the local promoter and soundman that replaced Dave at the Tavern once Ride became famous, and who famously broke the 'beak' of one of Birdland) and Shake Appeal a wannabe Stooges, some of whom later became members of Swervedriver - all in all a great bill for a first local gig. Anyway I digress...one week Dave told me not to bother coming to the Friday night as it was going to be just two metal bands that he didn't think I would like. Then on the Friday afternoon (27/1/89) I bumped into Dave outside HMV in Cornmarket, Oxford and he told me that there had been a last minute cancellation and Steve, a mate of his, was playing with his band (Ride) and that they would be right up my street. How right he was...my friends and I turned up early (without realising) got let in and Ride were already on stage starting to play 'I Wanna Be Your Dog', it was immediately exciting and a cut above anything else that I had witnessed locally and perhaps anywhere, so much so that I clapped rapturously at the end before realising with embarrassment that it was only the sound check! I was stood in the middle of a near empty dance floor so this was more than a little embarrassing...(I recently heard that Adam Franklin, who later became a member of Swervedriver, clapped at the bar and made the same mistake as me!). Above image courtesy of markgardener.com The band almost immediately started their set proper - they started with 'All I Can See', I can distinctly remember hearing that for the first time and it is still my favourite track on the Ride EP. In fact I can remember the whole set like it was yesterday and that is rare for me as I have an awful memory! I also remember being struck by each of the band for different reasons - Andy was unusual in that he wore swotty looking glasses but smashed the hell out of his guitar, which seem to be contradictory messaging, I liked that clash...Mark was clearly striking looking and his haircut at the time was really cool, I loved the vocals too, Loz then (as now) was a whirling dervish, and Steve looked deadly serious, almost menacing and spent most of the time with his back to the very small audience. Anyway when asked at the end of the set by Dave what I thought I exclaimed that it was 'fucking mental' - this was a regular response by me at those early shows, that or just 'mental!' and I became known as Mark 'fucking mental' Taylor - hence the inscription on my signed Nowhere. I immediately knew I had to see this band as much as possible, it sounds cliched now but it really was love at first sight/sound! I saw them again at the beginning of that March with the Wild Poppies - a fantastic New Zealand band that had moved to Oxford (they did several early supports for Ride - and coincidentally they have just brought out a retrospective compilation that everyone reading this should buy), Ride were stunning again! Then later in March I was at Live Skull (who became Come) at the Oxford Coop Hall (later The Zodiac, now The O2 Academy) and Andy Bell approached me and asked if I was the guy that did the live tapes and whether I had any Sonic Youth tapes? We exchanged numbers to swap tapes and also so he could tell me when his band were next playing. I was a local student by this time but still living at home, embarrassingly Andy called me one night to tell me about a forthcoming gig and I was already in bed so my Mum had to pass on the message! Anyway Andy kept in touch and gave me some early demo tapes, I think in exchange for bootlegs, although I can't remember which. I also remember going to his parents house around that time and he showed me books with highlighted pages from where he had drawn lyrical inspiration, he also flicked through albums and showed me what had influenced him, at the time this was interesting but a little innocent/naive, now obviously this appears hyper cool to have been gifted with! I also remember both his Mum & Dad, and his sister all being really welcoming and genuine, and this is still the case. You were living in Oxford before Ride took off, what was the music scene like there in the late 1980's? It was pretty good but there no real bands that had 'made it', it was just a case of a few big fish in a little pond. My favourite local bands at the time were those listed above, plus The Anyways, Toad, Arcane Dawn and especially Madamadam (another early Ride support). the scene was small too and very friendly, you'd just go up to complete strangers start chatting and then be mates by the following week...the key venues were The Jericho, The Wheatsheaf, The Coop Hall, and The Dolly (now The Cellar). Did you expect them to be so successful? I kind of thought something more than the typical local band thing was going to happen, they clearly had aspirations and suss way above anyone else locally. Dave was probably the first local manager of a band too and he added a whole new dimension to it. The biggest local Indie band before Ride was Talulah Gosh who became Heavenly (I saw the latter but not the former), but Ride were obviously a level above that even in those early stages. There was something magical that just about everyone immediately picked up on, I don't think Ride's rise was a surprise, what was a surprise was the speed of the rise...it was pretty fast, and being close to it I noticed that even more.... So we've talked about the old days in Oxford, but by Summer/Autumn 1989 the band are heading down the M40 to London playing at The Falcon regularly and then the Soup Dragons tour. What were those shows like? The Falcon shows were in a word 'scary' I don't think that I have ever witnessed such out of control shows before that or since. You really felt like your life was in someone else's hands....but then as a late teen/early twenties fan that is what you wanted. It was edgy and you really didn't know what would happen next. It was vital but risky at the same time. There isn't enough of that nowadays....I also remember queues around the block at the venue. I don't remember the Soupies dates as much but then I think I only attended the Town & Country Club one... What was your reaction when you heard Creation were going to release an EP? ’Welcome home', no surprise...other than it wasn't 4AD (which would have been the more obvious deal/bed fellows). Fanzines were a pretty big thing in those days, I remember Sowing Seeds being fantastic, what made you start a Ride fanzine? It's probably not cool now but I was (and am) a massive U2 fan. Geoff Parkyn got the 'U2 Info' fanzine spot on which is where I stole my A5 format from (plus it fitted in your pocket for a gig). It pains me now but if you put the first three issues of my zine next to his then it is theft, I was as much a magpie as Ride admittedly are to MBV, HOL, Mary Chain - a huge debt! He later did one for Brix Smith/Adultnet - I would love to meet the man...I also stole from punk zines like Mark Perry's 'Sniffin Glue', and 'Zigzag'. In Oxford Chris 'Fish' did 'Far out and Fishy', Silverfish also did their own one. I loved the instant connect with like minded people and the creativity - remember there wasn't just no internet, there was no mobile (other than expensive 'bricks' of course). Other than John Peel, Annie Nightingale and Janice Long, coupled with NME/Sounds/Melody Maker we had NOTHING ('shoe box in middle of road....') in terms of information sources. I don't know why but randomly I decided to use my bootlegging tape recorder to interview Ride at their 'Fun in the parks' show at South Park (coincidentally the only poor show I ever saw them do - the sound sucked, they wore all white and you felt dazzled)...I think I wanted the anonymity of the recorder to ask them questions I wouldn't otherwise ask....I can't remember how that came about...I think I just asked...they sat with me at the top of the park and I asked the first things that came to mind...then I had to find a home for it...I think it came out first in the music pages of the TLE ('The Last Edition') the Ox Poly college paper...then I was producing a contact sheet called 'The Network' to put fellow fans in touch for somewhere to kip, get a ticket, a boot etc...it all came together from those seeds... So then they release the early batch of EPs, what was the mood in the camp like when they both charted in not just the Indie chart but the national pop charts? I wouldn't really say I was 'in the camp' at that point. I wasn't yet working for the band, although the zine had started by then and I was by that time very good friends with Dave Newton, so I was aware of the buzz in the camp. I think 'RIDE EP' was the one that did it, as significantly it became Creation's first top 75 'hit'! That was ground breaking not just for us as fans, the band, or Creation but the Indie scene as a whole I think. The walls began to tumble after that...I remember thinking the plates are definitely shifting... The gigs then were obviously getting bigger all the time too, are there any that really stand out? The Town and Country club show on my 21st birthday (7th March 1991) which is about to be released on DVD for #Nowhere25 was obviously very special, doubly so in that they did two consecutive nights and my then girlfriend had her 22nd on the second night! I loved the T&C then, and now (as the Forum). That was also my ideal level show for the band at that point (now I think that they should be playing arenas and stadia! Their sound is so massive that in my opinion it feels a little uncontainable and out of place on smaller stages these days...). At some point you became employed by the band as Dave's assistant. How did that come about? I did a degree in Environmental Biology at what was then Oxford Polytechnic (now Oxford Brookes) - incidentally while there I scored a coup by persuading the band to do a Rainforest benefit gig for the college Friends of The Earth society (which I co-chaired), then the first EP came out, they rocketed and had to postpone, kudos to them though, they kept their promise and came back and played when their schedule allowed it! - my final dissertation was a freshwater ecology audit of two local rivers, I got a 2:1 for my course and a First for my dissertation so I applied for an apprenticeship with the NRA (National Rivers Authority). I got a place, but about a month before college ended I hadn't heard anything about my enrolment/start date, I called the NRA HR dept and was told that because of an 'admin oversight' they had recruited too many people and that I no longer had a place...I took a knock from that and I really had no plan B. Then I thought I'll take a year out. I thought what do I want to do during that time? 'Work in music' was the answer. I wrote a (most unconventional) speculative job application to Dave (I'd love to see a copy if it's still in the archive!) asking if he needed a management assistant. Dave asked me to come to the New Inn pub on Cowley Road (now The Corridor) which at the time was THE OX4 hang out (now it sucks). I turned up, and if I remember correctly, Dave, Mac (see earlier) and Ronan Munro (who worked in Our Price with Dave and Steve, and now runs Oxford's Nightshift music paper) were sat in a mock panel interview style behind a pub table, this freaked me out a bit but was quite funny. I was told straight away 'of course!'. I'd basically asked the right question at the right time - 'do you need help?', Dave was getting inundated with work then as the band had really started to take off (this was just before Leave Them All Behind if I remember correctly). I then started doing a little bit of admin work for Dave whilst I was still at college, from both Dave's shared house and my student digs around the corner from where he, and the band members, lived at the time (in separate places). Then when college ended I helped Dave move into his new house and we started working from his front room. In one of your early fanzines I remember you reviewed a tape by The Jennifers whom you later ended up managing and signed to Nude records. How was that time? I presume you were still also working for Ride at the time? That came about via Andy Bell. Every tour Andy would be given bags and bags of demo tapes, so many he didn't know what to do with them all...At the time I had a demo section in the zine so he started to give them to me. I remember thinking at the time that Andy was quite considerate towards the bands as he rarely just gave me the bag, he had mentally divided them into three categories bad, medium and good and would tell me what he thought - he was always right with the bad ones so I would bin those, but I often found that his good and medium were the converse for me...if I remember rightly the one from The Jennifers was in Andy's medium pile, although he took the time to explain that he had met the band, they were extremely young and they were from Oxford. At the time I was writing for a previous incarnation of the Oxford music paper - either Gig, or more likely Curfew, and I asked Ronan if I could review the band live, which I did, at that gig I also interviewed the band (in a car in the Jericho Tavern car park) as I thought that Ronan might potentially give them a cover feature (which he did). They just asked me immediately: 'we need someone to manage us, will you do it'? I accepted the offer. Yes I was still working for Dave at the time, he was really helpful and gracious with his time and resources, and amazingly allowed me to juggle them with my Ride job - I remember once he even lent me his 'brick' mobile phone when we played in Southampton, the same night we sat in a cafe and heard 'Just Got Back Today' on Radio 1 - it was really funny as the waitress asked who the band were and then said: 'never heard of you' and then ten minutes later they came on! If I had been less risk adverse (I am not much of a gambler) then perhaps I would have committed 100% to The Jennifers and who knows where that may have led...but I couldn't risk my income from Ride and by then I was loving working with Dave and the band so it didn't really cross my mind. Those times were chaotic. Three of the band were still in school and for some gigs I'd literally turn up to their school in a transit van, they'd jump in the back in their school clothes and then change into their stage clobber! It was like Clark Kent transforming into Superman in a telephone box! I thought The Jennifers were incredible, still do, they were incredibly talented, funny and unique characters. On Nude they were held back by Suede and the press just said that they were too young, and they picked up on Gaz looking like Mark (because of his puppy dog good looks and big fringe), annoyingly (literally) the same journalists eulogised about their youth a couple of years later when Danny and Gaz formed Supergrass...I won't name names but 'fickle' doesn't really cover it... You mention about the fickle press and their treatment of The Jennifers, I can remember chatting to Tara Milton of 5.30 the week Twisterella entered the charts at about 36, as LTAB had been a top 10 he stated that everyone has moved on from Ride and is interested in a new band called Suede and that essentially Ride have had their time. He wasn't being rude, but just stating observations as the industry was so fickle then and audiences had a lot less control, as we mentioned earlier there was no internet then. Do you remember there being a shift and do you think this affected the band? Funny you should mention Tara, he was instrumental in The Jennifers split; as I understand it he told Danny he was the best drummer in the world, and tried to poach him to join the Nubiles (I think) but that didn't work out and then Supergrass formed...No, I don't think that the change in the music at the time affected Ride. I think it was more the internal friction and the musical changes that the band made to their own sound, perhaps being ahead of the Britpop curve...and not fitting with the current grunge sound of the time. I remember the NME had finally agreed to put all four of them on the cover (until that point they had concentrated on Mark and Andy), and of course that week Kurt shot himself, so that didn't happen...it wasn't a happy day in the Ride office THAT day let me tell you...I'm not saying it sealed things but it certainly felt like a significant downer when the band badly needed a lift.... You mentioned earlier about Ride sounding better on large stages, I totally agree. My favourite live recording is from Wembley Arena supporting The Cure which I attended, the gig itself wasn't anything special but the recording sounds exceptional. From the first era by the far the best time I saw them was Reading '92. How did you feel Primavera and Field Day this year compared to the old shows. Primavera was incredible, in fact that point (coupled with the slight sonic claustrophobia of the Oxford warm up), is what made me see the light about the necessary leap to larger stages. I enjoyed Field Day too but not as much as Primavera. You've obviously seen lots of development musically in Oxford over the last 25 years. Any particular highlights? Well aside from the Ride peers I have already mentioned and The Jennifers, I was also involved with a UK grunge band called Squid who I loved, then Dave and I worked together on The Bigger The God (whose lead singer David was once best friends/neighbours with Steve Queralt, and who had been in the reggae band Big Spider Back with Steve and Andy) - they were incredible both on record and live, they were a darker, punkier, more intelligent take on early Pulp, it was a shame we weren't able to get them to another level (although they appeared on both The Big Breakfast and TOTP2). I also loved Dustball (who became Dive Dive, and later some of the members became Frank Turner's backing band), they started off as a spikier sounding Ramones, and then took on poppier apsects of late grunge. I missed the start of Foals locally as I was working in London by that time and got a bit out of touch with the local scene (I have seen them lots of times in London, and a couple of secret Oxford shows since), I love them though, I also got really into the whole Blessing Force scene that sprang out of Foals' art community, but a lot of those bands have come and gone now... I saw a local band recently called Orange Vision supporting Autobahn on their Oxford date and they were good, they have a great front man, also Cassels are one to look out for. So here we are in 2015 and you're about to publish Issue 8 of The Network. You are still going for paper copies with is highly commendable, people still think I'm mad building websites but social media is so disposable. Anyway, with Ride back together do you think you'll keep it going now? The fanzine is really dependent on how active the band is as sales are only really sustainable when they are active, and obviously content is better then too...I hope that they remain active for many years to come, if they do I will continue to support them, part of that is publishing the zine, it's a labour of love.... Any hopes or wishes for the future of RIDE? I hope that the band gets to record another classic album, I sense that that is their wish too but that they are being cautious and protective of their sterling heritage. I am prepared to be patient and I think that most Ride fans are too. If we give them time and continue to nurture them with our love, then I think that anything is possible...fingers firmly crossed...:) Mark (pictured below) hitting the button to launch this website at Brixton Academy, Oct 2015

Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, Canada

Leave Them All Behind Twisterella Unfamiliar Seagull Kaleidoscope Dreams Burn Down Time Machine Black Nite Crash Cool Your Boots OX4 Mouse Trap Vapour Trail Taste Drive Blind In A Different Place Chelsea Girl

Neptune, Seattle, USA
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Leave Them All Behind Twisterella Unfamiliar Seagull Kaleidoscope Dreams Burn Down Time Machine Black Nite Crash Cool Your Boots OX4 Mouse Trap Vapour Trail Taste Drive Blind Nowhere Chelsea Girl

KEXP studio session
KEXP

KEXP presents Ride performing live in the studio. Recorded November 16, 2015. Songs: Kaleidoscope Polar Bear In a Different Place Decay Dreams Burn Down Seagull Host: Cheryl Waters Audio Engineer: Kevin Suggs Cameras: Jim Beckmann, Luke Knecht & Justin Wilmore Editor: Jim Beckmann

Crystal Ballroom, Portland, USA

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The Catalyst, Santa Cruz, USA

Leave Them All Behind Twisterella Chrome Waves Seagull Kaleidoscope Dreams Burn Down Time Machine Black Nite Crash Cool Your Boots OX4 Time of Her Time Vapour Trail Taste Drive Blind Mouse Trap Chelsea Girl

The Wiltern, Los Angeles, USA

Leave Them All Behind Twisterella Polar Bear Seagull Kaleidoscope Time Machine Dreams Burn Down Black Nite Crash In A Different Place Mouse Trap Vapour Trail Taste Drive Blind Nowhere Chelsea Girl

Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix, USA

Leave Them All Behind Twisterella Chrome Waves Seagull Kaleidoscope Dreams Burn Down Time Machine Black Nite Crash Cool Your Boots OX4 Time of Her Time Vapour Trail Taste Drive Blind Mouse Trap Chelsea Girl

Fun Fun Fun Festival, Austin, USA

Leave Them All Behind Like A Daydream Polar Bear Seagull Kaleidoscope Cool Your Boots Dreams Burn Down Black Nite Crash Taste Vapour Trail Drive Blind Unconfirmed setlist from Twitter @RideTheNetwork @RideBand Last 5 songs posted out of order tonight but I think it was: LTAB LAD PB SG K CYB DBD BNC T VT DB— Margaret Fischer (@mshinfischer) November 8, 2015

Saturn, Birmingham, USA
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Nowhere25 LP
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Reissue of debut album to celebrate the 25th anniversary. Released as limited edition (2000 copies) double splatter vinyl also featuring additional tracks from Fall EP and Today Forever EP not featured on original pressing. CD comes with an additional live DVD recorded at the Town & Country Club in March 1991. Tracklisting for CD and LP Seagull Kaleidoscope In A Different Place Polar Bear Dreams Burn Down Decay Paralysed Vapour Trail Taste Here And Now Nowhere Unfamiliar Sennen Beneath Today Tracklisting for Live at the Town & Country Club DVD Polar Bear Unfamiliar Like A Daydream Drive Blind Vapour Trail Beneath In A Different Place Perfect Time Sennen Taste Today Decay Dreams Burn Down Chelsea Girl Nowhere Seagull Promo video Nowhere live at the Town & Country Club 7th March 1991 Dreams Burn Down live at the Town & Country Club 7th March 1991

Institute, Birmingham, UK
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Rock City, Nottingham, UK

Leave Them All Behind Like a Daydream Unfamiliar Twisterella Chrome Waves Time Of Her Time Black Nite Crash Mouse Trap Seagull Kaleidoscope In a Different Place Polar Bear Dreams Burn Down Decay Paralysed Vapour Trail Taste Here and Now Nowhere Drive Blind Chelsea Girl

The Queens Hall, Edinburgh, UK

Leave Them All Behind Like a Daydream Unfamiliar Time Machine Twisterella Today Time Of Her Time Black Nite Crash Mouse Trap Seagull Kaleidoscope In a Different Place Polar Bear Dreams Burn Down Decay Paralysed Vapour Trail Taste Here and Now Nowhere Drive Blind Chelsea Girl Above image courtesy of Dean 'Shoegaze' Bromley.

O2 Academy, Newcastle, UK

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Anson Rooms, Bristol, UK

Leave Them All Behind Like a Daydream Unfamiliar Time Machine Chrome Waves Twisterella OX4 Time Of Her Time Today Mouse Trap Seagull Kaleidoscope In a Different Place Polar Bear Dreams Burn Down Decay Paralysed Vapour Trail Taste Here and Now Nowhere Drive Blind Chelsea Girl

Close but no cigar
Demo cover insert

Back in 1989, Ben Wardle so nearly beat Alan McGee in signing Ride. At the time he was working for East West Records who, as he states with all honesty, had Simply Red, Tanita Tikaram, Enya and Chris Rea on their books. There's no way he could compete with the man who signed The House of Love, Primal Scream, the Jesus & Mary Chain and of course My Bloody Valentine. However, it wasn't that simple..... Ben has updated his blog with his version of events on how close he came to releasing their debut and how he got his name of the credits of the Ride EP. As you'll see from his blog he still treasures that old Demo cassette. You can read the blog post here. Below is the opening track of Demo #3.

O2 Academy, Liverpool, UK

Leave Them All Behind Like a Daydream Unfamiliar Time Machine Chrome Waves Twisterella OX4 Time Of Her Time Today Mouse Trap Seagull Kaleidoscope In a Different Place Polar Bear Dreams Burn Down Decay Paralysed Vapour Trail Taste Here and Now Nowhere Drive Blind Chelsea Girl Above images kindly donated by Dean 'Shoegaze' Bromley.

We’re live…
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After years of talking and months of doing, the Ride Archives went live at 23.57 last night (oops - we were aiming for midnight), Wednesday 14th October 2015... The site was officially 'pushed live' upstairs at the Brixton Academy at the after-party following Ride's triumphant Nowhere25 show, by friend of the site and all round good egg Mark 'Ride - The Network' Taylor - we captured the moment for posterity below. We have a lot more content to roll out over the next weeks and months, so follow us on twitter to keep in touch with updates. In the meantime, If you have any comments, submissions, changes, or if you just want to say 'hi', please get in touch below.  

O2 Academy, Brixton, London, UK

Leave Them All Behind Like a Daydream Unfamiliar Time Machine Twisterella OX4 Time of Her Time Black Nite Crash Today Mouse Trap Seagull Kaleidoscope In a Different Place Polar Bear Dreams Burn Down Decay Paralysed Vapour Trail Taste Here and Now Nowhere Drive Blind Chelsea Girl

The Waterfront, Norwich, UK

Leave Them All Behind Like a Daydream Unfamiliar Time Machine Twisterella OX4 Black Nite Crash Today Mouse Trap Seagull Kaleidoscope In a Different Place Polar Bear Dreams Burn Down Decay Paralysed Vapour Trail Taste Here and Now Nowhere Drive Blind Chelsea Girl

O2 Academy, Leeds, UK

Leave Them All Behind Like a Daydream Unfamiliar Time Machine Twisterella Cool Your Boots Black Nite Crash Today Mouse Trap Seagull Kaleidoscope In a Different Place Polar Bear Dreams Burn Down Decay Paralysed Vapour Trail Taste Here and Now Nowhere Drive Blind Chelsea Girl I Wanna Be Your Dog

Nowhere to be 6music Album of The Day
6Music Album of The Day

On Wednesday 14th October, the same day the band play Brixton and also the eve of the albums 25th anniversary, 6Music will make Nowhere their album of the day. Tune in throughout the day to hear various tracks played from the album. Edit - listen to Ride discuss the Nowhere anniversary on the BBC Radio 6 Steve Lamacq 14/10/15 show here

Vapour Trail Disintegrated 2015
Vapour Trail remixes

To coincide with the 25th anniversary of Nowhere, Ride released a single featuring two new remixes of Vapour Trail by Robert Smith of The Cure. The single was released digitally with a Vapour Mix and a Trail Mix.

Robert Smith remixes Vapour Trail
Vapour Trail remixes

Robert Smith of The Cure has remixed Vapour Trail as part of the Nowhere 25th anniversary celebrations. Today the band sent out the latest edition of the 'Tomorrow Never Knows' newsletter and it states the following: "We've been trying our best to keep tight-lipped about this until today, but we're very happy to have premiered this evening a remix of 'Vapour Trail' by none other than Robert Smith simultaneously on Steve Lamacq's BBC 6music show in the UK, Jason Bentley's Morning Becomes Eclectic show on KCRW in Los Angeles, and online through Pitchfork. Robert has spoken many kind words about us over the years and about 'Vapour Trail' in particular; so you can imagine how thrilled we were when he said yes to remixing the track. We're so pleased with the result that we're rush-releasing it digitally this Friday (9th October) - more news on this later on in the week." You can listen to the track below.

Paradise Club, Boston, USA
Paradise Club Boston
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Ride will play Nowhere in its entirety on UK tour
Ride - Nowhere 25 tour poster

Ride have updated their Facebook page stating they will play the entire Nowhere album as part of their forthcoming UK tour. The posts states: From Andy on the upcoming RIDE UK tour - "I’m so excited about playing 'Nowhere' in full. We are going with the 11 track CD track listing, not just the 8 tracks from the original vinyl, so the set will end with the title track on every gig of the UK tour, which is going to sound epic. I didn’t realise how few times we’d actually played most of the songs. And of course we have never played the album in its original track order before. We have been throwing in versions of some of the songs at our US dates but the majority of the preparation for these shows was done during rehearsals in London in-between our festival shows this summer. I’m especially buzzing about how 'Kaleidoscope' is sounding. It’s going to be amazing playing it for the first time. All in all, it’s a big deal to us, and we haven’t been certain we could pull it off until now. We, as a band, are so proud of the album and we are aware that fans have been campaigning for us to perform it in full on this tour but it’s only now that we are sure we can do the album justice." To coincide with the news, another track from the forthcoming live DVD that accompanies the Nowhere 25 re-release has been uploaded to YouTube. Watch the title track from the album performed live at the Town & Country Club on the 7th March 1991 below.

House of Blues, Cleveland, USA
House of Blues Cleveland

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Outline magazine interview

Loz gave an interview to local magazine Outline prior to Ride's Norwich gig. You can read the online interview here.

St Andrew’s Hall, Detroit, USA

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Mill City Nights, Minneapolis, MN, USA
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Football Focus
Football Focus

On the 28th Sept 2015 the BBC's Football Focus started using OX4 as their theme tune.

Watch the entire Field Day set
Field Day

With the band's UK tour little more than a week away now, Field Day have shared the recording of Ride's full set from the day. This is a fantastic recording of a very memorable gig that just keeps getting better as the sun goes down. You can find the setlist from the day in the archive. Watch the video below.

Pygmalion Music Festival, Champaign, IL, USA
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MidPoint Festival, Cincinnati, USA
Midpoint Festival 2015

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The Riviera Theater, Chicago, USA

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The Stone Pony, Asbury Park, USA
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Andy and Loz talk to Q104.3 about Nowhere turning 25
Q104.3 Interview

Between their two recent Irving Plaza New York shows in September, Andy and Loz popped in for a chat with Q104.3 to discuss the last 25 years.

Irving Plaza, New York, USA (Second night)

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Irving Plaza, New York, USA (First night)
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WFUV Session
WFUV session

RIDE visited Fordham University in New York and discussed their reunion. They also played three songs including Vapour Trail, In a Different Place, and Polar Bear. To listen to the full interview click here.

Theatre of Living Arts, Philadelphia, USA

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College Street Music Hall, New Haven, USA

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9: 30 Club, Washington DC, USA

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Nowhere to be reissued for 25th anniversary
Nowhere

Nowhere will be 25 years old next month! How the time has flown, looking back to 1990 we were all so wide eyed and innocent even if we didn't realise it at the time. To celebrate the occasion Nowhere is to be re-released on double vinyl and a Deluxe CD with a bonus DVD of the March 1991 Town & Country Club show. For the full details, read the email sent out via the official mailing stating the following: We’re very pleased to say that today, on the 25th anniversary of the release of the Fall EP we kick off part one of our US tour at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC. DIIV are supporting and will be with us on the first four shows up to and including the first Irving Plaza, NYC date, with The Besnard Lakes then picking up the baton from the second Irving Plaza show through to the end of the East Coast run at the Paradise Club in Boston on Saturday 3rd October. See full list of shows and ticket links below. We have a couple of new merchandise items for the tours this autumn that we think you might like… Exclusive Tomorrow Never Knows offers Our Nowhere 25th Anniversary releases are shaping up nicely although we have had a slight change of plan since announcing our intentions to you last month. We decided to hold back on the reissue of the single LP version of Nowhere and concentrate on the special anniversary releases. We can confirm that on Friday 6th November we will be releasing both a Nowhere25 CD+DVD and a Nowhere25 double LP. The double LP release will be on heavyweight blue marble vinyl in a gatefold sleeve and will feature all 15 tracks from the expanded version of Nowhere - the original eight tracks from Seagull to Vapour Trail plus the three additional tracks from the Fall EP and the four tracks from Today Forever. This release will be limited to 2000 numbered copies and you can pre-order it now from our online store as well as all other retailers (online and in store). We will be shipping copies from our store at the end of October. Nowhere hasn’t been available on vinyl in the UK since the last copy of the original Creation Records release left the warehouse sometime in 1996. We’ve been itching to make it available once again and this year has provided that opportunity for us. The Town & Country Club show from 7th March 1991 has been mixed by our very own Marky G and the film editing will be completed this weekend in DC by Matt Levin. We have compiled the artwork which includes the lyrics to all 15 tracks on the expanded Nowhere CD plus new sleeve notes written by Andy B compiled using the help of fans via a Twitter Q&A. Many thanks to all of you who participated in both that and the call in the last newsletter for Nowhere-era photos and images for possible use in the booklet. We were inundated! We have just uploaded one of the finished clips from the DVD (Dreams Burn Down, no less) to our YouTube channel. Can you spot your 20-year-old self in the crowd? The CD+DVD will be packaged similarly to the Going Blank Again 20th Anniversary release that we compiled in 2012 – a hardback cardboard case with canvas-style cover and a 36-page booklet. You may remember that back then we put together a special offer for all our newsletter readers who ordered GBA20 in advance. Well we’d like to do something similar this time round for Nowhere25. The first 2000 copies of this 25th Anniversary Edition CD+DVD will be numbered and 50 of these 2000 will be randomly selected to be signed by all four of us. Also, these first 2000 numbered copies are available now for you to pre-order for just £20 each. After the pre-sale has finished (or when these first 2000 have sold), the price will rise to £24. We anticipate that the Nowhere25 CD+DVD will be ready to ship at the end of October.​​ Everyone who pre-orders a copy of Nowhere25 through our store will exclusively get a free MP3 (320kbps) download of all the live tracks on the Town & Country Club ‘91 DVD so that you can enjoy the full sonic hi-fi delights of the show. These will be available to download when the copies of Nowhere25 are ready to ship. Moreover, we will be donating £1 from every sale to War Child’s Syrian Refugee Crisis appeal. You may remember that Andy and Mark played a War Child Passport Back to Bars acoustic show at the 100 Club in London back in February and we pledged then to work with War Child again when we could. We will also be auctioning numbers 0001 to 0010 of the Nowhere25 CD+DVD. If you would like to get your hands on one of these first ten copies then please email your bid back to tnk@ridemusic.net once you’ve ordered your copy through our store. Your bid will be an additional amount on top of the special £20 pre-order price and we will allocate 0001 to the highest bidder and 0010 to the tenth highest bidder. The auction will close on Thursday October 15th – the 25th anniversary of Nowhere’s original UK release. All the money raised from the auction will also go to the War Child’s Syrian Refugee Crisis campaign. Each of these 10 copies will, of course, be signed by all four of us.​ The Nowhere25 celebrations will start tonight in DC and once we return from the US we pretty much go straight into our nine-date UK tour: Sunday 11th October: O2 Academy, Leeds Monday 12th: UEA, Norwich Wednesday 14th: O2 Academy, Brixton Thursday 15th: O2 Academy, Liverpool Saturday 17th: Anson Rooms, Bristol SOLD OUT Sunday 18th: O2 Academy, Newcastle Monday 19th: Corn Exchange, Edinburgh Wednesday 21st: Rock City, Nottingham Thursday 22nd: Institute, Birmingham Tickets links here: www.ridemusic.net/live Just before the tour starts, we have been invited to host one of the Guardian’s Classic Album Sundays events on Wednesday 7th October at Cecil Sharp House in London. Nowhere will get a spin on a top-notch sound system and we will be there to discuss the making of the album and answer any questions you have. There may even be canapés; but we’re not able to confirm that. Tickets are available here. November takes us back to the US. Has anyone noticed that we go from playing Birmingham on this side of the Atlantic at the end of the UK tour to playing Birmingham, Alabama at the start of the next US leg? Neat. The full list of November US dates are below and will lead us back to SE Asia where our two shows in Japan (Osaka and Tokyo) have been augmented with festival appearances at Clockenflap in Hong Kong and Neon Lights in Singapore over the weekend of 27th-29th November. Read the review of the original 1990 release from Select Magazine below.

Classic Album Sundays presents Nowhere
Classic Album Sundays

On Wednesday 7th October at Cecil Sharp House in London, Ride are to attend a listening party for their Nowehere album. The full blurb from the Guardian website states: The Guardian is teaming up with Classic Album Sundays, the world’s most popular listening experience and classic album hub, for the second edition of our immersive classic album listening events supported by Audio Note UK. This time around, we will present the shoegazing classic “Nowhere” and our special guest will be the artists themselves, Ride. Classic Album Sundays founder Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy will discuss the featured record currently celebrating its 25th anniversary with the band members, ensuring fans will gain a unique insider’s view of the making of one of their favourite classic albums. Then we feature an uninterrupted full vinyl playback of the album on one of the world’s best hi-fi sound systems. Listeners will hear the album in a way few ever get to, experiencing it closer to the artist’s original intention. The evening will conclude with a Q&A during which fans will have the opportunity to ask Ride the questions they have always wanted to ask. This Guardian series with Classic Album Sundays is sure to give music fans an unforgettable experience. Running time: 165 minutes with 15 minute interval You can buy tickets for the event here.

Electric Picnic, Ireland
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Singapore and Hong Kong dates announced
Neon Lights festival poster

Two more dates added for November, posters for both events are below. Clockenflap festival in Hong Kong and the Neon Lights Festival in Singapore.

Pukkelpop, Hasselt, Belgium

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For Noise Festival, Pully, Switzerland
For Noise 2015

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La Route Du Rock Festival, Saint-Malo, FR

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Way Out West Festival, Gothenburg, SWE

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Flow Festival, Helsinki, Finland
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Øya Festival, Norway
Oya Festival 2015

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Off Festival, Poland

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KEXP Radio Session (Andy & Mark Acoustic)
KEXP
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A Summer’s Tale, Germany
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Fuji Rock Festival, Naeba Ski Resort, Niigata, Japan
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Ansan Valley Rock Festival, Korea

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Melt! Festival, Germany

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Japan dates added for November
Japan tour poster

Ride will play two dates in November in Japan. Tickets are on sale from 11th July at http://smash-jpn.com/

Extra date added to the tour at Norwich UEA
Ride - Norwich UEA
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Extra date added to the tour at Norwich UEA for October 12th.

Watch the Best Kept Secret set
Best-Kept-Secret-2015-Poster

One of the gret things about the reunion has been the number of gigs broadcast via the net, so no matter where you are in the world you can still catch up with the band whilst on the festival circuit. Today's full set is from last night's Best Kept Secret performance, the setlist has been archived here.

Best Kept Secret Festival, Netherlands
Best Kept Secret

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Field Day Festival, Victoria Park, London, UK
Field Day
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Primavera Sound 2015, Porto, Portugal

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Terminal 5, New York, USA

Leave Them All Behind Like A Daydream Polar Bear Seagull Sennen Cool Your Boots Black Nite Crash Natural Grace Twisterella OX4 Dreams Burn Down Time of Her Time Chrome Waves Paralysed Taste Vapour Trail Drive Blind Tomorrow Never Knows (The Beatles) Mouse Trap Chelsea Girl Review: Ride, Terminal 5 (New York City), June 4, 2015 I am no rock critic. Even if I was one, there is no way that I could be objective about this particular gig, or about this particular band. Since discovering Ride's music in 1992, my mental image of them had developed almost exclusively through their studio recordings (and the rare press clipping/magazine/radio interview); I never got to experience them live because of the combination of my youth and of bad timing. Having never seen them in the flesh, I couldn't properly envision the fact that this music that meant so much to me was created by real people. By 2014, Ride had become a bittersweet memory in my head; a missed opportunity; a symbol of a world that existed beyond my limits as a teenager. It's silly in a way, but the music and its creators had morphed in my head in those two decades from fact to myth, and in that time, I sort of forgot that those creators were humans that still walked this earth. I don't think I need to explain the whirlwind of emotions that hit me when the banner was unfurled in Barcelona. Everyone reading this probably felt them right along with me. While I have crossed state lines before to see other bands, nothing quite compared to this. I knew that the Terminal 5 show had sold out, and that it would be filled with other die-hard fans. I typically go to concerts alone, both by circumstance and by choice; unless I know other people who are as passionate about the band as I am, I prefer to be alone as the music takes over my senses. However, for this concert, I did bring my husband, both because he had never been to New York before, and because he needed to be properly introduced to the music that had become part of the fiber of my being. The opening act (Ash) finished their set and I felt my senses heightening as I anticipated what was to come. Just before Ride came on stage, I felt a wave of something – not quite sadness, but the sense of saying goodbye to the life you currently know, because you know that what is coming next will change everything. And boy was I right. The anticipation and the breathless wonder that I felt in that moment just before the band broke out into Leave Them All Behind was matched only by the sheer power and beauty that rocked my body and soul with the first chords. I was very close to Andy's guitar at stage right, and I could feel my entire body shaking with the waves of sound coming off that stage. The decibels permeated every cell in my body and it was like the music had taken over my bloodstream and my nervous system. In fact, the first four songs in the set (LTAB, Like a Daydream, Polar Bear, Seagull) were a perfect, powerful opening quartet. I never had a chance to catch my breath; Loz and Steve's merciless two-pronged attack stole it from me. I didn't mind. Being so close to the stage was an overwhelming experience. I usually opt to listen to concerts further back in a hall, for acoustical reasons. However, this was one concert I needed to see to believe, and it was almost too much to process at times, to know that I was about 25 feet from this glorious racket. I kept catching myself closing my eyes to immerse myself in the roar but then I would force them back open to see the incredible reality in front of me. For once, I didn't want to live in my head. The world I wanted to live in was right where I was, right in front of my eyes. At the time I am writing this review, seven months have passed since this show, so small details about the night have been lost in the ether of time, but what hasn't been lost is how the music made me feel. The overriding feelings for me that night were wonder and gratitude. The setlist was an absolute dream. I would pick out highlights but really, everything played was something special. When Ride closed their set with Drive Blind, I thought that my mind could not be blown any more than it was at that moment. I should have known that these four souls would know how to take us even higher. The encore started off quietly, with a hushed, reverential sounding ambient passage in B Major. I was racking my brain to figure out what this was; it didn't sound like anything from their catalog that I could recognize. Something new, perhaps? Another part of me was yelling at myself to stop thinking and to just enjoy how gorgeous this was, so I did that. Then, the guitar riff started... and the unmistakeable drumbeat kicked in. I stopped breathing. If there was ONE Beatles song I would have chosen to hear Ride cover, Tomorrow Never Knows would be it. When Mark's vocals began, I felt my hands rise up involuntarily as I blinked back tears for this amazing gift. I still can't believe that I was there to witness this in person. By the last song (Chelsea Girl), I was on one of the most intense emotional highs I had ever experienced in my life. The concert had surpassed all of my expectations and I was completely stunned by what I had just witnessed. Ride had yanked my soul from my body for the duration of their set and as I returned to earth, I suddenly realized that I was worn out from being put through the emotional wringer, my voice was starting to become hoarse, my feet were aching... and I wouldn't have changed a thing. On the walk back to where we were staying that night in Hell's Kitchen, I asked my husband what he thought. He said he enjoyed it, particularly the fourth song. Unbeknownst to him, Seagull is my favorite Ride track of all time! He may never be the fanatic that I am, but at least I know he's got good taste. The two other Ride shows I saw later in 2015 were both quite memorable (particularly Birmingham, Alabama, where I got to meet the band and some very special fellow concertgoers who have become my friends), and I have no doubt that if I'm lucky enough to see another Ride concert in my lifetime, it will be unforgettable. But no matter what's in store in the future, this concert at Terminal 5 will forever stand out in my head as the moment where I got to rewrite the ending to a story I had thought was finished; where I got to experience the ecstasy of having a dream fulfilled; where I found out that sometimes, reality is even better than anything the imagination can come up with! What a privilege it was to be a Ride fan in 2015. – Margaret Fischer

Danforth Music Hall, Toronto, Canada
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Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY, USA
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Primavera Sound 2015, Barcelona, Spain
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Leave Them All Behind Like a Daydream Polar Bear Seagull Sennen Black Nite Crash OX4 Dreams Burn Down Time of Her Time Chrome Waves Paralysed Taste Vapour Trail Drive Blind Mouse Trap Chelsea Girl Below is the banner unveiled in November 2014 over a building in Barcelona to announce the bands performance.

Olympia, Paris, France

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Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Roundhouse, London, UK

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Albert Hall, Manchester, UK
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Barrowlands, Glasgow, UK

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BBC 6music live session
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Live studio session in front pf a small audience broadcast live via 6music. Presented by Gideon Coe and Steve Lamacq. Seagull Like A Daydream Twisterella Cool Your Boots Chelsea Girl Dreams Burn Down Time Of Her Time Taste Vapour Trail Drive Blind Leave Them All Behind

Time Out (Interview)
Time Out May 2015

Shaky Knees Festival, Atlanta, USA

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NME (Interview)
NME May 2015

Terminal West, Atlanta, USA

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Uncut Magazine (Interview)

Coachella Festival, Empire Polo Grounds, Indio, CA, USA
Coachella

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Humphreys Concerts by the Bay, San Diego, USA
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Fox Theater, Pomona, CA, USA
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Warfield, San Francisco, CA, USA
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Coachella Festival, Empire Polo Grounds, Indio, CA, USA
Coachella

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Roxy, West Hollywood, CA, USA

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‘Morning Becomes Eclectic’, KCRW Studios, Santa Monica, CA, USA
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O2 Academy, Oxford, UK

Polar Bear Seagull Twisterella Unfamiliar Cool Your Boots Black Nite Crash OX4 Dreams Burn Down Time of Her Time Chrome Waves Paralysed Taste Vapour Trail Drive Blind Leave Them All Behind Like a Daydream Chelsea Girl First full-band public appearance since 1995

100 Club, London, UK (Mark & Andy Acoustic)

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