Below is an email sent out to all subscribers of the band's mailing list in the winter of 2003 with various updates about the band. Some nuggets of Ride news for you... First up; available from today is a special 20th anniversary edition of Nowhere on CD. This is being released in North America through Rhino Records' "Handmade" series of specially-crafted, online-only reissues. You should be able to order this from wherever you are in the world (even though the text on the order page says "Not available in all Countries") and, of course, it comes heartily recommended: http://www.rhino.com/shop/product/ride-nowhere-20th-anniversary-edition It's a 2-CD edition featuring the re-mastered versions of all the Nowhere tracks and Today Forever tracks on the first CD; this being the first time that these re-masters have been available outside of the UK (where they have featured as part of the catalogue reissues on Ignition Records since 2001). It's a relief in many ways for these re-masters to finally get a release outside of the UK as we feel that they stand up here in the 21st century better than the original 1990 masters. Back then the vinyl version was the focus of the album mastering sessions with the CD format being a secondary concern. Ironically, Nowhere is getting a release on vinyl in the USA for the first time ever! Here in the UK, vinyl was still (just) the dominant format in 1990 but the US had made the move away from vinyl a year or so earlier and so Nowhere got a release on CD and cassette only in North America (I never liked cassettes...). So it has taken 20 years for Nowhere to get its Stateside vinyl release but we're very pleased to see it out there at last. It is available through all regular retail outlets in the US (unlike the "Handmade" CD special edition which is just available from the Rhino online store) but here's the Rhino store link, anyway, for the vinyl as we know that they'll have it in stock: http://www.rhino.com/shop/product/ride-nowhere Whilst I'm talking about vinyl, we've noticed that there's a dodgy bootleg version of Nowhere knocking about on unscrupulous websites around the world. It purports to be a Japanese vinyl bootleg and although the audio is of decent quality the artwork and packaging is decidedly dodgy. We've tried to get to the source of this and have got the lawyers on the case - someone in Chicago seems to be the culprit. But the message is that if you want a nice piece of good quality Ride vinyl then go and grab the Rhino reissue - it's even got the "RIDE" logo embossed on the sleeve like the original UK release. Lovely. And just like the proverbial buses, after 20 years of not being available on vinyl along comes a third LP version of Nowhere. About this time last year the band sat around and discussed what they could do to mark the upcoming 20th anniversary of Nowhere's original release in the UK (15th October, in case you were wondering - the original US release being 18th December 1990). We decided to lovingly put together a vinyl Box Set featuring re-creations and re-mastered versions of each of the first three 12" EPs (Ride, Play and Fall) alongside the Nowhere LP and a 24-page book all wrapped up in a space-demanding box. The plan was to relaunch the Ride website with a refreshed design and added functionality around the 20th anniversary of the Play EP (in April) and then offer the Box Set out on pre-sale through oxfordmusic.net. Once we had the orders in, we would press up the required copies and ship it out to everyone for October 15th. Well things didn't quite go to plan... The website re-design stalled and then the request from Rhino came in to put together the 2-CD reissue. [Don't worry, I realise I haven't finished telling you all about that yet. Just be patient...]. It took most of our collective resources to pull the audio and visual content together in time. The vinyl Box Set plans had to sit on the shelf for a bit. But the plans are moving once again. We can't get hold of the web designer that we were working with and so we've hit a bit of a snag there. If any of you out there are trained in the art of stunningly-original-yet-functional web design then please do get in touch. The current www.rideox4.net site is looking a bit 2001 and badly needs a total overhaul. We've re-mastered all the vinyl contents of the planned Box Set (at Abbey Road, of course) and we're now finally working on the artwork. So hopefully we'll be able to let you know all about it in much more detail in a couple of months time. It won't quite be the 20th anniversary box set - more like 20.5th - but it will be fantastic. OK, back to the Rhino 2-CD set. So I told you about CD1 with its 15 re-mastered tracks, well CD2 is equally special. On the band's first US tour in April/May 1991 they played two nights at the Roxy in LA. The tour was a co-headline with Lush and so each band was flip-flopping the headline slot throughout the series of dates. With there being two nights at the Roxy, each band got to play one headline set and one support set. Luckily for us, the Ride headline set was recorded for broadcast on a local radio show. The engineer mixed the audio live and it was this mix that was broadcast on air. Also some of these mixes were used on a radio promo edition of the Kaleidoscope single in the US later in 1991 (which some of you may have in your collection). Part of the deal for the radio broadcast was that we got to keep the master tapes. They've been sitting on a shelf for the best part of 20 years but we knew that the show was a bit special and that one day it would get its rightful airing. Once Rhino suggested the Nowhere reissue we dug out the tapes, baked them slowly in the oven for three days (it's a technical thing...) and then transferred them onto a hard drive so that our old pal Alan Moulder could get to work on mixing them to their full glory. Alan oversaw a week of sessions wonderfully mixed by Catherine Marks and the results totally knocked us sideways. Not only was the performance quite amazing but the recording quality was better than we could have hoped for. Getting Alan involved with the mixing was just the icing on the cake - after all he'd worked on the mixing of the original studio recordings of pretty much all the tracks in the Roxy set and knew what they should sound like. With the audio being of such a high quality we knew that the packaging had to live up to its contents. So we dug through the archives and pulled together a set of photos from 1990/1991 that haven't been seen before. We tried to get away from a series of standard press shots and included a range of live shots alongside some more imaginative pics. This was all topped off by Rhino suggesting that we use a lenticular version of the Nowhere "wave" for the cover. You can probably tell, we're very pleased with it. And, so it seems, are others: http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/15069-nowhere-20th-anniversary-edition/ The release has triggered a wave (see what I did there...) of press requests and so the boys have been busy talking to print, web and radio journalists all over the globe. We'll round them up for you as they get published but if you fancy listening to Loz live on radio from Perth, Australia tomorrow morning (Tuesday 8th February 10am UK time) then tune in here: http://www.rtrfm.com.au/mp3stream Aside from all this Nowhere news, the Creation Records documentary "Upside Down" has been completed and we were treated to a preview late last year. It is currently doing the rounds of various film festivals prior to a limited cinema release. You can read lots about it here: http://www.upsidedownthemovie.com/ Oh, and did we mention that a certain Mr Mark Gardener has written and recorded the soundtrack music for the film? For all up-to-date news on Mark's wirting, recording, producing and mixing activities then keep a beady eye on www.MarkGardener.com. Talking of which, you may also want to bookmark this site too: www.beadyeyemusic.com - Andy is back on guitar, something that will bring joy to you all I'm sure! OK, I think that's probably enough for tonight. Or maybe I can quickly mention that all sizes of the Nowhere T-shirt design are back in stock (we ran out of some sizes just before Xmas): http://www.oxfordmusic.net/product.php?link=new&id=1280
Below is an email sent out to all subscribers of the band's mailing list Christmas 2006. new Mark Gardener 7" | Ride Nowhere Xmas Catalogue | other stuff This will be the last burst of Ride-related news for 2006 and so we’ll take the chance to wish you all a Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year. Rounding off 2006 with some style, we’re happy to announce that Mark finally has a record scheduled for release in the UK. Although the “These Beautiful Ghosts” album has steadily made its way around the globe this year (North America, Belgium/Holland, Japan, France) through a series of licensing deals no suitable label has popped itself above the parapet to secure a domestic release in the UK. Early in 2007 the album will be released across other mainland European territories starting with Germany, Italy and Spain in February but there is still no UK release coming into view. So, for now, the UK will have to nibble on a limited edition 7” release on the nascent Sonic Cathedral Records label. Coupling the album version of “The Story Of The Eye” with Ulrich Schnauss’ inimitable remix of the self-same track, the 7” is set to be released on Monday December 11th. The single will be available in various London record shops from Monday (Rough Trade, Pure Groove, Sister Ray, Intoxica!, HMV Oxford Circus) but you can also order it here: http://www.oxfordmusic.net/product.php?id=648&cat=r This will be the second 7” release on Sonic Cathedral and follows hot on the heels of The Tamborines single “Sally O’Gannon” which just happens to feature Mr Gardener on backing vocals (http://www.oxfordmusic.net/product.php?id=647&cat=r). We weren't 100% sure about the idea of re-printing the Nowhere T-shirt design but decided to take the plunge a few months back and what a success they've been - many thanks to everyone who has bought one (or two… or more). The last few remaining ones available are here: www.oxfordmusic.net/product.php?id=43&cat=c Also the Nowhere album artwork prints have been very popular with everyone around the globe. These are strictly limited to 100 prints and are available exclusively here: http://www.onlineexhibits.co.uk/shop/product_info.php?cPath=42_55&products_id=1020 Early in 2007, Mark will be playing his first ever shows in South America. He’s playing dates as guest-vocalist for rinôçérôse in Santiago (Chile) and Mar del Plata (Argentina) and while he’s there he’s going to take the opportunity to play his own solo shows. Ride never had the opportunity to play anywhere south of San Diego in the Americas and so this will really be a special occasion. The two dates are January 19th Galpon Victor Jara , Santiago and January 21st (venue to be confirmed), Buenos Aires. Before that Mark will be playing live at a festival in Huy, Belgium on January 13th with his full backing band. And following the trip to South America Mark will be playing solo at La Casa 139 in Milan, Italy on January 24th and then at a Sonic Cathedral Club special at the Oakford Social Club in Reading on February 25th. Mark is also hoping to play a show in Hong Kong in February but this is yet to be confirmed. Finally some words from the boys themselves: Hello. I hope everybody in cyberspace is well. There's not much news from me. I am currently writing and demoing songs which may or may not end up on the next Oasis record. Working on my drumming. In between, I run (and DJ at) a fortnightly Saturday night club in Stockholm called 'Bangers and Mash' which is worth a visit if people are passing by. It's at Marie Leveau, Hornsgatan 66. Erm... I produced an album this Summer, which will be released in the new year, it's called 'Fear and Love' and the band is Weeping Willows. They are Swedish but they sing in English. The best new guitar band I have heard in ages is The Lea Shores. Seen them twice now and if you get a chance you must check them out... they're from Shoreditch hence the name. That's about it from me... I expect to spend 2007 in the studio with the boys, with a bit of luck there might be some new Oasis music released this year. /Andy Hi to all. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! It’s been a busy year and all is set to continue into the New Year with more solo dates and guest vocal appearances with Rinocerose already in the book! At last these dates will take me to South America for the first time with shows confirmed in Chile and Buenos Aires. Meanwhile here in the UK I’m back in the studio collaborating on some more electronic projects along with the week-next booked in a studio in France with Robin Guthrie (Cocteau twins) which should be very interesting. I have also been putting on my producer head and have just finished producing a great local female singer songwriter called Chantelle Pike which is due for release early next year. I’m also starting to get some new songs together which will hopefully form part of another solo album that will hopefully be finished next year. The last great gig I attended was The Brian jonestown Massacre with The Morning after Girls playing later in the aftershow which all got a bit fuzzy in the end! Also to those still awaiting the DVD I’ve actually seen a rough cut and this will hopefully be finished and ready to go as soon as we have sorted out final edits and some ongoing song clearance issues. Once again I apologise to all and thank you for your understanding and patience!!!! All my best, Mark
Below is an email sent out to all subscribers of the band's mailing list in the winter of 2003 with various updates about the band. various bits of news hello all lots of bits of news (i'll try to be brief) RIDEOX4.COM the official website address has been nabbed by someone else and Ignition Records are currently trying to wrestle it back. In the meantime we've moved the site over to www.rideox4.net or www.rideox4.co.uk. I know that the site is desperately in need of an update but please bear with us as things are rather busy at the moment. BBC SESSIONS ALBUM The tracklisting has been agreed and we're in the process of sorting out the licence from the BBC and also getting the artwork and sleevenotes together. With a burst of energy this should see the light of day early in the Summer. It'll be 17 tracks culled from the 5 main sessions that the band recorded between 1990 and 1994 at the BBC studios in London and Manchester. If all goes well then it should be properly available worldwide (unlike the Best Of album which has been limited to the UK and North America plus any export sales). By the way, the Box Set has been re-pressed once again as it seems that demand is continuing to out-strip everyone's expectations - very pleasing! US RELEASE OF BEST OF The single album Best Of (with a four track bonus disc) has been picking up lots of nice press and radio support in the US. So much so that Mark is going out to the States very soon to do some promotion and to play some shows. The US release is on the mighty-fine First Time Records. MARK GARDENER GIGS Yes really. Mark is going out to the States to play an acoustic tour featuring about 70% Ride songs and 30% his new material. The first date is at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas on 13th March and then he makes his way around the country between the 1st and the 27th April. For a full list of dates as they get confirmed then have a look at Piero's Ticket To Ride Mark Gardener microsite. To warm up for the tour Mark is going to play a short(ish) set (about 30 minutes) at one of the regular Trailer Park nights run by Oxford's Truck Records. This show will be on Tuesday 4th March at the Cellar in the centre of Oxford. You can get tickets in advance online at www.wegottickets.com. PIERO'S MICROSITE http://www.mareasub.it/ride/mgmicro EXCELLENT ONLINE COMPILATION As part of the build-up to the US tour Mark has contributed a track to an MP3 compilation put together by www.excellentonline.com. Full details on their site, of course.
Below is an email sent out to all subscribers of the band's mailing list in the summer of 2002. new stuff hello I only realised today how large this email list had now got. The list is now bigger than it was in 1992. Scary in a way! anyway some big news at last... available to order on-line (where they will be exclusively available) are a new Ride T-shirt design and also the promised new EP - "Coming Up For Air". Click on the links through from www.rideox4.com. The EP features the band's brief reunion for the Channel 4 Pioneers programme last year. There are three tracks, the first two are "soundchecks" where the band are working out the basis of the track that they then later performed and then the full 30 minute jam (an excerpt of which has been on the website in MP3 form for a little while now). There are only going to be 1000 copies of this CD EP release and hence we're going to limit online orders to 4 copies per order. It's the first time the four band members have all recorded together since August '95 and so we're really proud that this can finally be released. Meanwhile the Best Of album, the Box Set and all the back catalogue have continued to sell really well here in the UK. For those of you outside of this country I hope that you've been able to get hold of the various UK releases on import. However soon in the US the 15 track Best Of CD will get a proper domestic release. Nice. The new T-shirt design is in response to lots of you pestering us for a new design (in the nicest possible way). We thought that a definitive Ride T-shirt was in order and so the design encompasses the Ride record sleeves logo that's on the front page of the site with a list of all the album releases. Classy. The old T-shirts have now nearly all sold out (just a few Going Blank Again long sleeves - very early nineties! - and a few Reading Festival '92 ones to go) which now means that my garage has become my own again. Both the EP and the T-shirts are being manufactured now and so orders will be mailed out when the stock arrives in about two weeks' time.
Below is an email sent out to all subscribers of the band's mailing list when the band briefly reunited in 2001 for a tv show. yesterday's moment of surreality So yesterday at the John Henry rehearsal complex in North London, Andy, Mark, Steve and Loz all turned up, set-up, plugged-in and put together about an hour's worth of un-rehearsed sonic jamming to accompany the forthcoming series of Channel 4's Pioneers. The show is about the influence of Sonic Youth and is effectively "presented" by Andy and Mark. They talk about Sonic Youth's influence generally to 90's music and specifically the influence on the then-fledgling Ride. As part of the idea for the show, the producer had asked Mark and Andy to play 10-15 minutes of guitar-based feedback which they wanted to film and use as a backdrop to the programme. It was Andy's idea that if he and Mark were going to get together to talk about Sonic Youth's influence on Ride then any "performance" to accompany the programme should feature all 4 ex-Ride members. Mark flew in from France for the day, Andy delayed his return to Sweden after the Oasis tour for a day and both Loz and Steve managed to juggle their existing commitments to make way for the day's filming. Everyone arrived about 11 and everything was set-up and ready to roll about Midday. Once the TV people had sorted their sound and camera positions out, the band started to work on a loose jam that they'd put together on the spot. It was a simple recording - one stereo mic for the drums, one bass mic and one each for Andy's and Mark's guitars. No vocals. It was truly amazing how quickly the whole sound slotted into place, that old adage about riding a bicycle was never more appropriate. There was a break while the sound levels and the overall mix were checked: and also while the lighting team sorted out their part of the equation. After a spot of lunch the band started playing about 1:30 with the cameras and the tape rolling until it came to it's natural conclusion about 2:15. Mark and Andy then filmed the interview and they all packed up and went their separate ways - Mark and Andy off to Heathrow for their respective flights, Steve back to Oxford and Loz back across London. It was very strange to witness how natural the whole event was and also how enjoyable and inspirational it was too. They talked about whether to base the jam on perhaps Grasshopper or even the middle section of Drive Blind but in the end a completely new piece of music came out of the day. There will some snaps of the day and maybe some camcorder footage up on the Ride site in the next couple of weeks or so - don't touch that dial.
Below is an email sent out to all subscribers of the band's mailing list following the release of OX4. hello this is just a quick note to say that the web shop that sits next to my office here in Oxford has just had it's stock in of the Box Set, the CD and Vinyl Best Of plus all the catalogue albums. It's the same web shop where we've been selling the remaining Ride T-shirts that had been filling up my garage for the past few years. There are only about 40 T-shirts left now and after those have gone that will be it, I'm afraid. So go off shopping to www.oxfordmusic.net if there's any gaps that you still need to fill. Also you've probably seen some of the reviews and interviews that have been going on around the release. Conveniently the Ticket To Ride site (linked from www.rideox4.com) and the www.creation-records.com/ride site (a fan's creation records site) have got a full list of all the recent activity with links and downloads of sound files so that you don't miss anything. Thanks to all of you who've signed up to the Ride email-list, it has been quite frantic both on the list and on the website guestbook. Things have been selling well: the Box Set, Nowhere, Going Blank Again and the Single Best Of CD have all had to be re-pressed already. It's been really exciting to walk into record shops and see the "ride" sections full once more. That's all from me but since I'm sat here with Andy at the moment I thought it only right and proper to leave him with the last word. Dave Newton Dear all: YARBLES!!! with love Andy Bell p.s. look out for the secret track!
Below is an email sent out to all subscribers of the band's mailing list to celebrate the release of OX4. today's the day... ...and so after three years of maybes and maybe-nots, the Best Of and accompanying Box Set finally make their way into the stores today. we have been overwhelmed by the reaction so far of people to the release and especially to all of you who have put such kind thoughts up on the OX4 website. the press reviews have been really encouraging and hopefully they'll be lots more to come. we think that the Radio 1 feature is on tonight on Steve Lamacq and there's interviews appearing here there and everywhere (nme.com, worldpop.com, dotmusic.com, coppernob, teletext, creation-records.com, TTROL). andy and mark are on xfm studio 68 this week (wednesday) and there's various club nights going on at the moment to support the release. hopefully something on TOTP2 soon too. so get down that record store and let's see that Best Of in the charts on Sunday. bye
Below is an email that was sent to all subscribers of the maling list following the launch of the new RIDE website to promote the OX4 Box Set. "Well you lot have been busy. There are loads of you now on the re-vamped mailing list and here's a little bit of news to keep you posted of what's going on. The reviews of the Best Of are starting to roll in. So far a 4/5 in Uncut and the same in Rocksound. And even a 5/5 in Record Buyer Magazine. The re-mastered etc. catalogue is now out in the shops in the UK (and I trust available on all reputable web retailers) and the Best Of and Box Set will hit the racks on Monday week (24/09). We're still working on a release outside of the UK but realistically this won't be until the New Year at the earliest. There are some articles coming up in The Guardian and the Sunday Times and also a piece soon in MOJO magazine. There's also going to be an interview up on NME.com imminently and both Mark and Steve have promised to finish their Q&A for the rideox4 website very very soon. The various club nights around the UK that are featuring the Best Of on special Ride nights are all listed on the website and we're hoping to run a competition soon on the site so that you can win free tickets to these events. Steve Lamacq has got an interview with Andy and Mark on his Radio 1 show next Monday and they'll also be loads of other radio and press bits and bobs around the release (maybe even a re-run on Top Of The Pops 2 on the telly). There's a feature on Ride on the www.creation-records.com site with exclusive interviews with the various ex-members and do always keep an eye on the Ticket To Ride Online site too - www.mareasub.it/ride. Please keep posting stuff on the guest book, as you will see Loz has posted there himself and all the band will try and answer any questions up there whenever they can. Must go."