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.
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
27th July 1991 saw Ride headline their first open-air festival. (more…)
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.
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.
Two more dates added for November, posters for both events are below. Clockenflap festival in Hong Kong and the Neon Lights Festival in Singapore.
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.