- 'Carnival of Light' tour
- 'Going Blank Again' tour
- 'Nowhere' tour
- 'Nowhere25' tour
- 'Play EP' tour
- 'Ride' EP tour
- 'Today Forever' tour
- 1st US tour
- Audio recording
- Bootleg/unofficial release
- Box Set
- Clash Magazine
- Demo tape
- Fan Shot Live Video
- House Of Love support tour
- Live performance
- Melody Maker
- Overseas release/import
- Press article
- Pro-shot Live Video
- Promo release
- Promo Video
- Radio appearance
- Recording session
- Reunion tour
- Soup Dragons support tour
- Television appearance
- The Guardian
- Time Out
- TV Appearance
- UK release
- Video release
- Weather Diaries tour
RIDE have announced some dates for Japan in 2018. Monday 19th February at Tokyo Dome City Hall and Wednesday 21st February at Osaka Namba Hatch. Tickets are available now. The gigs follow their recent appearance at the Hostess All-Nighter in Tokyo. Watch a fan shot video of their appearance below.
Remix single of Cali taken from the Weather Diaries, the track was made available for download/streaming on August 22nd 2017.
Setlist: Lannoy Point Lateral Alice Seagull Dreams Burn Down Cali Leave Them All Behind All I Want Taste Vapour Trail Drive Blind
This was a Facebook live interview as part of Summer Sonic 2017. The interview was held at at the Tokyo venue on the 19th August. During the interview questions and comments were accepted through Facebook live comments. Interview was originally posted on the Summer Sonic Facebook page.
Setlist: Lannoy Point Charm Assault Seagull Unfamiliar Weather Diaries Cali Leave Them All Behind Dreams Burn Down All I Want Taste Vapour Trail Drive Blind
The August 2017 edition of Oxford United's programme included an big supporter Mark Gardener and there was also a chance to win a copy of the Weather Diaries CD. Magazine can be purchased online at http://www.matchdayfix.com/oufc/
Performance was part of Erol Alkan's residency at XOYO in London running from July to September 2017. Setlist: Lannoy Point All I Want Lateral Alice Seagull Unfamiliar Weather Diaries Cali Leave Them All Behind Black Nite Crash Vapour Trail Drive Blind Setlist courtesy of Adrian Collman, Steve Smith and Dean Bromley (lateral Alice missed off printed setlist but played on the night)
Lannoy Point Charm Assault Seagull Unfamiliar Cali Rocket Silver Symphony Twisterella Home Is A Feeling In A Different Place All I Want Taste Vapour Trail Leave Them All Behind White Sands Chelsea Girl Dreams Burn Down Lateral Alice Above setlist courtesy of @RideBand
Lannoy Point Charm Assault Seagull Unfamiliar Cali Weather Diaries Twisterella Lateral Alice OX4 All I Want Taste Vapour Trail Drive Blind White Sands Leave Them All Behind Dreams Burn Down Chelsea Girl Setlist courtesy of @RideBand
Setlist: Lannoy Point Charm Assault Seagull Cali Leave Them All Behind All I Want Taste Vapour Trail Setlist courtesy of @rideband
Lannoy Point Charm Assault Seagull Unfamiliar Cali Weather Diaries Twisterella Kaleidoscope Rocket Silver Symphony All I Want Taste Vapour Trail Drive Blind White Sands Leave Them All Behind Chelsea Girl Above setlist courtesy of @mshinfischer
During their stateside tour Ride popped into WFUV to record a session on 20th July 2017. The band performed three acoustic tracks which you can hear below. All I Want Lannoy Point Charm Assault The full audio including the interview can be heard on the WFUV website.
Lannoy Point Charm Assault Seagull Unfamiliar Cali Weather Diaries Twisterella Kaleidoscope Rocket Silver Symphony All I Want Taste Vapour Trail Drive Blind Lateral Alice Leave Them All Behind Chelsea Girl Above setlist courtesy of @RideBand
Lannoy Point Charm Assault Seagull Like a Daydream Weather Diaries Cali Unfamiliar Time of Her Time Rocket Silver Symphony All I Want Taste Vapour Trail Drive Blind White Sands Leave Them All Behind Chelsea Girl Above setlist courtesy of @RideBand
Setlist: Lannoy Point Charm Assault Seagull Cali Leave Them All Behind All I Want Taste Vapour Trail Drive Blind
Setlist: Lannoy Point Charm Assault Seagull Like A Daydream Cali Leave Them All Behind Dreams Burn Down All I Want Taste Vapour Trail Drive Blind Above image courtesy of rideox4official at Instagram.
Performance was part of Manchester International Festival 2017 Lannoy Point Charm Assault Seagull Like a Daydream Weather Diaries Cali Unfamiliar Time of Her Time Rocket Silver Symphony All I Want Taste Vapour Trail Drive Blind White Sands Leave Them All Behind Chelsea Girl Support was from Spectres Manchester crowd chanting Vapour Trail back to us @o2ritzmanc thanks all it was an #epic #night ! 😎👌❗️ A post shared by Laurence Colbert (@lozcolbert) on Jul 11, 2017 at 4:37pm PDT
White Sands Lannoy Point Charm Assault Seagull Like a Daydream Weather Diaries Cali Twisterella Unfamiliar Kaleidoscope Time of Her Time OX4 All I Want Taste Vapour Trail Drive Blind Leave Them All Behind Dreams Burn Down Chelsea Girl Support was from Spectres
Setlist: White Sands Lannoy Point Charm Assault Seagull Like A Daydream Cali Leave Them All Behind All I Want Taste Vapour Trail Drive Blind
On 29th June 2017 RIDE did an in-store signing session in Oxford, all customers who bought the album got a free tote bag (see below). You can view a gallery of photos from the session here. The album was also Fopp's Album of The Month.
Charm Assault Seagull Lannoy Point Weather Diaries All I Want Cali Taste Vapour Trail Free wristband given to anyone who bought Weather Diaries at Rough Trade. 6.30pm Doors // 7.00pm On-stage // 7.45pm Signing // 9.00pm close. Band had false start on stage as Lannoy Point was originally due to be opening track. Dizzee Rascal was doing a photo shoot that evening outside the store. Rough Trade also had additional history of the album on their website: Despite the fact Ride were the band on Creation records at the start of the ‘90s, despite the fact Ride were integral to what was coined 'shoegaze' the first time around, and despite the fact Ride haven't made a full-length record in over 21 years, the Oxford quartet who formed in 1988 sound as urgent and essential to the fabric of alternative indie as they ever did. Ride was formed by school friends Andy Bell and Mark Gardener, together with drummer Loz Colbert and bassist Steve Queralt. Like your first true love, there's something about Ride that's kept the four of them returning to the safe haven of their initial home, despite the various directions their lives have taken since. As Loz says, “There's an honesty when we're around each other that's hard to deny.” Following Ride's initial dissipation, Mark collaborated and worked with many artists and flexed his own solo career muscles, and Andy continued as a serial band member, first of Hurricane #1, then Oasis and Beady Eye. Loz played with Jesus & Mary Chain, Supergrass and Gaz Coombes. Steve, on the other hand retreated to civilian life. “I am living a dream life again at the moment,” he says. “I love every second of what I'm doing now. It's the sort of thing school boys dream of and I still get to do it now.” For Loz it's also about rewriting history in a sense: “It felt like our journey was cut a bit too early. We were too young to realise what we had. There was so much potential there with what we could do, we were only just starting to learn.” It was their 20th anniversary reunion tour that made the quartet ponder deeply about a return to the studio, but it didn't take much calculation. The tunes just started pouring out of them. As soon as the four made the announcement that they were getting the band back together to play a series of shows in 2015, they decided to check into a studio – to rehearse, of course. The songs on this year's 'Weather Diaries' – their fifth record – date back in part to musical ideas forming as far back as then. According to Mark, they didn't do as much rehearsing as they initially anticipated. “As soon as we'd spend time together in a room, relearning the old songs, we'd find ourselves jamming, playing new things. We're still music enthusiasts, just vibing. We went a bit off course. In a good way, ha!”. It was the shows that then fuelled their creative fire further, re-energising them and planting the seed in their heads that Ride could have a second life, one that would feature a bigger catalogue filled with the magical soundscapes, trembling distortion and melodic haze that generated so much fuss around them in the early '90s. “The tour made us realise there was a future,” says Andy, recalling how they'd be eagerly jot down new ideas on their phones to put to use at a later date. Ride came to the realisation that their sound had never gone away. Touring the States with East Coast shoegazers Diiv proved there was an audience for them beyond mere nostalgia. More than that though, the British music sphere especially has been littered with bands heavily indebted to Ride and their peers (Jesus & Mary Chain, Slowdive, My Bloody Valentine, etc). The likes of The Horrors, School Of Seven Bells and labels such as Sonic Cathedral have ensured that shoegaze is a sound that's eternally relevant. “To think that years after we split people were mentioning us as an influence to new bands made me feel immensely proud,” says Steve. “It was totally unexpected given the way we'd exited the music business. We thought nobody would ever want to hear Ride again.” “Shoegaze is a state of mind,” adds Andy. “After the early ‘90s, the genre seemed to be finished, in its original home of the UK, but the sound kept seeding all over the world, it was no longer location specific. In that way it is like Hip-Hop, it no longer lives or dies by connection to a certain time or place. It keeps growing”. In the UK, the early '90s shoegaze bands gave way to Britpop, which then completely overshadowed it. But in America it kept developing underground. “It felt like there was a lot of unfinished business,” says Mark, who was watching bands come and go, always proud of the edge that his own band once had. “I thought, I'd love to show that again. Not necessarily to prove anything.” The concept of another record was about personal fulfilment for them, about rising to the challenge they set themselves. “If you're gonna come back that's OK but you've gotta be really good,” says Mark. “So how do you make it better? How do you be a more consistent band?” Once touring had taken up the whole of 2015, the four concentrated their entire 2016 on solidifying ideas and recording. All four members have contributed to the writing of ‘Weather Diaries’. Fragments of studio and soundcheck jams provided initial ideas. Steve Queralt brought in two backing tracks which became essential to the album, for ‘Lannoy Point’ and the title track. Loz Colbert brought in a fully formed song, ‘Rocket Silver Symphony’, which he also sings lead vocals on. Andy Bell took his traditional central writing role in the band, with Mark Gardener providing melodic vocal ideas to several of the tunes as well as coming up with the melody and lyric for Steve’s ‘Lannoy Point’ and also ‘White Sands’, the album’s closing track. For Steve who hadn't played music for 20 years, it was the biggest relief to be back in the studio having built that confidence back up on the road. “When we first agreed to play five dates, I was hugely excited but that was followed up by a crushing anxiety,” he says. After all four of them had worked on material separately, they met up in July 2016 to rehearse what they'd conjured. “It did bring us back!” says Andy, commenting that it felt like the old days all over again, reminding him of when they'd rehearse at the Mill Art Centre in Banbury. “There's a strong chemistry that's always there,” adds Mark. Once key decisions were made, Andy and Mark spent time together as a duo, structuring the songs, laying down vocals back in Oxford, whereas Steve and Loz hunkered down to work on rhythm and arrangements. The next step was to figure out producers. Surprisingly perhaps they brought dance maestro Erol Alkan and (perhaps less surprising) rock legend Alan Moulder on board. Erol was someone Andy knew socially. Mark found the suggestion most odd at first, being initially aware of Erol's work as a DJ and remixer. He learned of Erol’s history producing straight-up rock outfits such as Mystery Jets and Late Of The Pier and his studio skills. But it was his further electronic work that eventually inspired the kindred connection. “I scratched a bit deeper and listened to ‘Bugged In’ and ‘Bugged Out’, which led me onto buying the 'The Soft Bounce’ album.” That latter psychedelic-leaning record from ‘Beyond The Wizards Sleeve’- Erol's side project incorporating a variety of production styles; slowing down tapes, hypnotic rhythms and washes of lush guitars incorporating a distinct shoegaze atmosphere. Suddenly everything clicked for Ride. The work with Erol was especially short and productive, but all the better for a very concentrated period of writing ahead of it. “I thought more about these songs and spent more time than any other record I've been involved in,” says Mark. “But it was interesting to let go and see what someone like Erol could bring to it. The devil's in the detail. Erol made the record more open.” Erol, a long-standing fan of Ride, remembers seeing their reunion show at the Roundhouse in London. “They sounded better than I'd ever remembered,” he says. “Powerful, melodic, all the things I love about guitar music – its intricacies, its simplicity. They're truly timeless.” Slightly cautious of doing a record with them, he requested demos. “I wanted to do this for the right reasons, to do this the same way I would if it was a debut for a brand new band,” he says. Fortunately he was hit by a cavalcade of tunes demonstrating that same knack for brilliant songwriting, arrangement and rhythmic tricks that he fell for as teenager. Soon he was locking himself away in a big house for 17 days over the course of a few weeks in Pershore, near Worcester. Together they worked in a residential studio with zero distractions. “The tracks are among the best things they've recorded,” says Erol. From the huge sonic storm at the end of 'Weather Diaries' to the addictive verses of 'Cali', the material is as Ride as ever, yet written from the vantage point of men who have experienced life's trials and tribulations. Lead single 'Charm Assault' captures you with its catchy riffs and pressing lyrics – an expression of disgust at the current state of affairs in the UK, written as a response to Brexit. “I just write lyrics that naturally occur to me,” says Andy, offering that he's not going out of his way to be overtly political. That said, there's an anger at society that comes out in the sprawling opening track 'Lannoy Point' and in 'All I Want', the latter exploring the idea of Britain aping 1930s Germany over cascading drums and multi-layered vocals. Perhaps the one song they wouldn't have been able to write 21 years ago is 'Impermanence', which deals with death and bereavement. The lyric is Andy's, written about a friend who died from a brain tumour last year. “There's something permanent about impermanence,” he explains. “Something constant about the fact that we are ephemeral, that it's a law of nature that everything does go away. When you're trying to get over losing a friend you have to remind yourself that it's just a change into a different form. You have to look at the bigger picture.” Mark related to it as someone who's suffered the loss of both parents in the last few years. “It made it extra cathartic for me as well,” he offers. For Mark, Andy, Loz and Steve, Ride has always been the place where they make their most introspective work. “It's part therapy in a way,” says Mark. “That escape from the realities you don't wanna face.” Being fathers with responsibilities also changes the sense of purpose. “It makes you more aware of the future, of politics – you're not just seeing it for yourself any more,” says Mark. “Becoming a dad re-wired my brain more than anything. It really focuses your mind and you get better at what you do.” Maturing aside, what of those notorious tensions between Andy and Mark, the fraught creative relationship that resulted in them drawing third album ‘Carnival Of Light’ (1994) down the middle and assigning each other half of the songs such was their lack of ability to collaborate? “There's always a healthy tension between creative people that keeps us all on top of our game,” says Mark. “Demons from back then were laid to rest once the whole thing crashed. In a matter of months we were all talking again.” He reasons that it was all a result of “living in each other's pockets” for far too long. “At certain times you just need to experience life outside those pockets. It was a mad experience we all went through.” Revived and rejuvenated, the foursome are railing to play the new songs live and reach the heights of what they do best – recreating those swirling hedonistic palettes of sound before an audience of old and new fans. “Our relationship feels stronger than it ever because of everything that's gone on before,” says Mark. “We've all grown up. We're much better at saying when things aren't right. For me, having lost family, the band is a family that I still have, a family I've had from school days till now. I don't see that changing whether we're doing music or not.” Elated with the results of their labour, Ride aren't piling unnecessary expectant pressure on themselves. For Loz “it feels like a debut in some ways.” 'Weather Diaries' has taken them to new future avenues via a heady trip down memory lane. They're not getting off this train any time soon.
Lannoy Point Charm Assault Seagull Like A Daydream Weather Diaries Cali Twisterella Home Is A Feeling All I Want OX4 Taste Vapour Trail Drive Blind Leave Them All Behind Lateral Alice Revolution (Spacemen 3 cover)
Lannoy Point Charm Assault Seagull Like A Daydream Dreams Burn Down Leave Them All Behind Weather Diaries All I Want Taste Vapour Trail Drive Blind
Fourth single from Weather Diaries, Lannoy Point is the opening track from the album and was made available for download/streaming on June 9th 2017.
All I Want remix by GLOK (Andy Bell) released as a single, originally appeared on US sites on 19th May. International release 25th May 2017. Download/streaming only.
Lannoy Point Charm Assault Chrome Waves In A Different Plance From Time To Time Weather Diaries I Couldn't Say It To Your Face (Arthur Russell) The Ballad of El Goodo (Big Star cover) Home Is A Feeling All I Want Twisterella Vapour Trail River Man (Nick Drake cover) Chelsea Girl Acoustic set featuring Mark & Andy. Setlist photo courtesy of Ride - The Network Live image courtesy of Katie Taylor
All I Want single Download only release of third track from Weather Diaries. An alternative sleeve (see below) was added to download sites on 18th May 2017.
On March 23rd Ride announced their fifth studio album, their first in 21 years, Weather Diaries will be released on June 16th via Witchita Recordings. Full press release states: Produced by legendary DJ, producer and remixer Erol Alkan, ‘Weather Diaries’ is packed with all the classic elements that made Ride one of the defining bands of the early ‘90s. Trembling distortion, beautiful harmonies, pounding rhythms, shimmering soundscapes and great songwriting all combine to make an album that’s ambitious in scope, timeless and thoroughly addictive. The first single from the album, 'Charm Assault' was unveiled in February to a flurry of acclaim from media and fans alike. Marrying the psychedelic muscle of Tame Impala’s “Elephant” with the rhythmic twists and turns of My Bloody Valentine’s “Feed me with your kiss”, Bell and Gardeners’ harmonies evoke The Who playing “A Quick One” at the Rolling Stones "Rock and roll circus". The lyrics see Ride railing at the “focused, raw, reptilian ambition” of certain unspecified people in power, who "set fire to your world, and let it burn”. The song effortlessly flits from section to section, taking in influences ranging from Sonic Youth’s dungeon circa “Death Valley '69” through to a jarring, repetitive chord sequence reminiscent of David Bowie’s “Chant of the ever circling Skeletal Family” - one of the songs Bowie wrote for a musical based on Orwell’s “1984”. The second taster from the new album revealed last month was ‘Home Is A Feeling’, a widescreen, sonicaly, layered, slowed motion warm wash hinting at the breadth and ambition of the new material on ‘Weather Diaries’. From the huge sonic storm at the end of the eponymous title track 'Weather Diaries' to the addictive verses of 'Cali’, the material is as unmistakably Ride as ever, yet written from the vantage point of men who have experienced life's trials and tribulations. There's an anger at society that comes out in the sprawling opening track 'Lannoy Point' and in 'All I Want', the latter exploring the idea of Britain aping 1930s Germany over cascading drums and multi-layered vocals. ‘Weather Diaries’ Tracklisting: 1 Lannoy Point 2 Charm Assault 3 All I Want 4 Home Is A Feeling 5 Weather Diaries 6 Rocket Silver Symphony 7 Lateral Alice 8 Cali 9 Integration Tape 10 Impermanence 11 White Sands Order the album with lots of exclusive signed bundles via the official Ride store
Acoustic live session and interview on the BBC Radio 2 Janice Long Show (standing in for Jo Whiley) on April 11th 2017. Tracks played: Charm Assault Home Is a Feeling Twisterella
Lannoy Point Charm Assault Seagull Like A Daydream Dreams Burn Down Twisterella Leave Them All Behind Home Is A Feeling Taste Vapour Trail Drive Blind Performance was part of the 6music festival. Also on the bill were Sleaford Mods, Warpaint and The Jesus & Mary Chain.
Lannoy Point Charm Assault Seagull Like A Daydream Dreams Burn Down Twisterella OX4 Kaleidoscope Home Is A Feeling All I Want Taste Vapour Trail Drive Blind Leave Them All Behind Chelsea Girl
Lannoy Point Charm Assault Seagull Like A Daydream Dreams Burn Down Twisterella Unfamiliar Kaleidoscope Home Is A Feeling All I Want Taste Vapour Trail Drive Blind Leave Them All Behind Chelsea Girl
Released just 24 hours after their previous single Charm Assault, 'Home Is A Feeling' is the second track released from their sessions with Erol Alkon. An album due in early Summer 2017. An alternative sleeve (see below) was added to download sites on 18th May 2017.
First new song released since 1996. Press statement states: ""Charm Assault" is taken from Ride's forthcoming album, due to be released Summer 2017 on Wichita Recordings. The album was produced by Erol Alkan and mixed by the band's longtime collaborator, Alan Moulder. Andy Bell says “Charm Assault is a pretty straightforward expression of frustration and disgust at the people who currently run our country. The tour in 2015 was a good way of reminding us what we were good at in the first place and Charm Assault feels like a natural continuation from our peak. When we started writing together again we tried to imagine we'd kept on making music all this time, and this was just the latest one.” An alternative sleeve (see below) was added to download sites on 18th May 2017.
The Guardian featured a short article following Erol Alkan's announcement he is producing the first Ride album in over 20 years. The original article can be read here.
Leave Them All Behind Like A Daydream Seagull Untitled New Song 1 Taste Lannoy Point Vapour Trail Drive Blind Live photo courtesy of @RideTheNetwork
Leave Them All Behind Like A Daydream Seagull Weather Diaries Twisterella OX4 Kaleidoscope Dreams Burn Down Charm Assault Taste Vapour Trail Drive blind Lannoy Point Mouse Trap Chelsea Girl
Leave Them All Behind Like A Daydream Seagull Weather Diaries Kaleidoscope Sennen Cool your boots Dreams Burn Down Charm Assault Taste Vapour Trail Drive blind Lannoy Point Mouse Trap Chelsea Girl
Giles Borg who filmed RIDE throughout their later years has released unseen footage of the band filmed in 1993. The video accompanied by Let's Get Lost includes clips from the Brighton leg of the Daytripper gigs along with live footage from Poland two months later. The video was launched on the Quietus by long term fan Joe Clay. Here's what he had to say... 'Borg's relationship with RIDE stretches back to their formative years. One of the first gigs RIDE played was supporting one of Borg's bands, and he ended up spending a couple of years on the road and in the studio with the band, shooting a film about the making of their third album, Carnival of Light, that was never edited or released.' 'There are hours of unseen footage going right up to the recording of the band's final album, Tarantula. When the band split in 1996, the film was shelved. It is unclear whether any more footage will surface as the bulk of it is on Beta SP (16mm), but Borg has fond memories of his time with the band. "Sadly the film never got finished, but we had some great fun along the way," he recalls. "The day after the gig in Poland, we went to see England play Poland [in a World Cup Qualifier], which ended with us all being chased down the road by the police."' Watch the video below. Read the full article here
After a well deserved break, it's the news we've all been waiting for. Ride have announced an additional couple of dates as a warm-up for their Bestival appearance in September. They play the tiny Brighton Concorde 2 and tickets are on sale Friday 6th May. With this fantastic news, the future gigs section of the site has been resurrected again. Hooray! See you there....
Martial Despre recently designed the Nowhere25 poster and trailers you would have seen last year. As any designer knows you come up with a lot of ideas before you create the final version. Whilst putting together the Nowhere25 campaign there were various extras that never saw the light of day and he has kindly offered to them with us today. Here's what Martial told us about the collection: For the US posters, the first idea was to continue to reinterpret visuals from the Nowhere era like I did with the 2 UK posters. So first came the red poster which is an interpretation of a Creation flyer from the 90's. Then I remembered that in the United States local artists often create unique art posters for venues, these posters are always very far away from the visual universe of the bands, they are made in a more artist way. So I thought it would be interesting to try and create these kinds of visuals for the Ride US tour, to try something less conventional than the tour dates under a picture of the band. So I created three posters. One using only typos, in a graphical style, the idea was to play with only one typo with the size and the emboss of it. One in a collage style (the one with the amplifier), for this one I have used some photos of silver metal to add some material into the Ride logo, the amplifier and the background like if they were stuck on it and one as if it was an old printing (the one with the buildings). Dave (Newton, Ride Manager) loved them all, but unfortunately we weren't able to put them online on time for the start of the US tour, so until now they've stayed only seen by Dave and me. Tell us your favourites below.... Facebook Nowhere25 trailer Uk tour trailer Posters
Leave Them All Behind Twisterella Polar Bear Seagull Kaleidoscope In A Different Place Dreams Burn Down Chrome Waves Black Nite Crash Cool Your Boots Time of Her Time Vapour Trail Taste Drive Blind Mouse Trap
Leave Them All Behind Twisterella Polar Bear Seagull Kaleidoscope In A Different Place Dreams Burn Down Chrome Waves Black Nite Crash Cool Your Boots Time of Her Time Mouse Trap Vapour Trail Taste Drive Blind Nowhere Chelsea Girl
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
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
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
Leave Them All Behind Like A Daydream 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
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
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
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
Leave Them All Behind Like a Daydream Unfamiliar Time Machine Chrome Waves Twisterella 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
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
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.
Leave Them All Behind Like a Daydream Unfamiliar Time Machine Chrome Waves Twisterella OX4 Time Of Her Time Sennen 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
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
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
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 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.
Leave Them All Behind Like a Daydream Chrome Waves Seagull Sennen OX4 Mouse Trap Cool Your Boots Black Nite Crash Time of Her Time Dreams Burn Down Taste Vapour Trail Drive Blind Today Chelsea Girl
Loz gave an interview to local magazine Outline prior to Ride's Norwich gig. You can read the online interview here.
Leave Them All Behind Like a Daydream Polar Bear Seagull Time Machine Cool Your Boots OX4 Paralysed Black Nite Crash Time of Her Time Dreams Burn Down Taste Vapour Trail Drive Blind In a Different Place Mouse Trap Chelsea Girl
Leave Them All Behind Like A Daydream Polar Bear Seagull Time Machine Cool Your Boots OX4 Paralysed Black Nite Crash Time of Her Time Dreams Burn Down Taste Vapour Trail Drive Blind Today Mouse Trap Chelsea Girl
On the 28th Sept 2015 the BBC's Football Focus started using OX4 as their theme tune.
Leave Them All Behind Like A Daydream Polar Bear Seagull Twisterella Cool Your Boots Perfect Time Here and Now In A Different Place Black Nite Crash Time Of Her Time Dreams Burn Down Taste Vapour Trail Drive Blind Today Mouse Trap Chelsea Girl
Leave Them All Behind Like A Daydream Polar Bear Seagull Unfamiliar OX4 Decay Chrome Waves In A Different Place Black Nite Crash Time Of Her Time Dreams Burn Down Taste Vapour Trail Drive Blind Today Mouse Trap Chelsea Girl
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.
Leave The All Behind Like A Daydream Polar Bear Seagull Twisterella OX4 Decay Chrome Waves Black Nite Crash Today Time of Her Time Dreams Burn Down Taste Vapour Trail Drive Blind In A Different Place Mouse Trap Chelsea Girl Supported by DIIV
Leave The All Behind Like A Daydream Polar Bear Seagull Twisterella Birdman Decay OX4 Chrome Waves Today Black Nite Crash Time of Her Time Dreams Burn Down Taste Vapour Trail Drive Blind In a Different Place Mouse Trap Chelsea Girl Supported by DIIV
Leave The All Behind Like A Daydream Polar Bear Birdman Chrome Waves Twisterella Cool Your Boots Decay OX4 In A Different Place Black Nite Crash Time of Her Time Dreams Burn Down Taste Vapour Trail Drive Blind Today Seagull Supported by DIIV
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
Setlist: Leave Them All Behind Like a Daydream Polar Bear Seagull Chrome Waves Cool Your Boots Black Nite Crash Time of Her Time Dreams Burn Down Taste Vapour Trail Drive Blind Mouse Trap Chelsea Girl
Two more dates added for November, posters for both events are below. Clockenflap festival in Hong Kong and the Neon Lights Festival in Singapore.
Leave Them All Behind Like A Daydream Polar Bear Seagull Chrome Waves Black Nite Crash Time Of Her Time Dreams Burn Down Taste Vapour Trail Drive Bind Chelsea Girl
Leave Them All Behind Like A Daydream Polar Bear Seagull Chrome Waves Cool Your Boots Black Nite Crash Time Of Her Time Dreams Burn Down Paralysed Taste Vapour Trail Drive Bind Mouse Trap Chelsea Girl
Leave Them All Behind Like A Daydream Polar Bear Seagull Chrome Waves Black Nite Crash Time Of Her Time Dreams Burn Down Paralysed Taste Vapour Trail Drive Blind Mouse Trap Chelsea Girl
Leave The All Behind Like A Daydream Polar Bear Seagull Chrome Waves Black Nite Crash Time Of Her Time Dreams Burn Down Taste Vapour Trail Drive Blind Chelsea Girl
Leave Them All Behind Like A Daydream Polar Bear Seagull OX4 Time Of Her Time Dreams Burn Down Vapour Trail Drive Blind
Leave Them All Behind Like A Daydream Polar Bear Seagull OX4 Time Of Her Time Black Nite Crash Cool Your Boots Dreams Burn Down Paralysed Taste Vapour Trail Drive Blind Mouse Trap Chelsea Girl
Only Now From Time To Time Chrome Waves Paralysed Twisterella In A Different Place Vapour Trail
Leave The All Behind Like A Daydream Polar Bear Seagull OX4 Time Of Her Time Black Nite Crash Dreams Burn Down Paralysed Taste Vapour Trail Drive Blind Mouse Trap and Chelsea Girl were also on set list, but were not played
Extra date added to the tour at Norwich UEA for October 12th.
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.
Leave Them All Behind Like A Daydream Polar Bear Seagull Sennen OX4 Time Of Her Time Dreams Burn Down Taste Vapour Trail Drive Blind
Leave Them All Behind Like A Daydream Polar Bear Seagull Sennen Cool Your Boots Black Nite Crash OX4 Dreams Burn Down Time Of Her Time Chrome Waves Taste Vapour Trail Drive Blind Mouse Trap Chelsea Girl
Leave Them All Behind Like A Daydream Polar Bear Seagull Sennen Black Nite Crash OX4 Dreams Burn Down Time of Her Time Chrome Waves Taste Vapour Trail Drive Blind Mouse Trap
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
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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.
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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
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