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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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 email@example.com 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.
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 for October 12th.