UK shoegaze pioneers, Ride, will tour Australia and New Zealand this November!
Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of their debut full length album, ‘Nowhere’, by playing it in full for their fans!
Originally released in October 1990, ‘Nowhere’ has been called one of the “greatest albums of the shoegaze genre” by AllMusic and a “Masterpiece” by Rolling Stone. It has also featured in Top Albums of the 90’s and Top Albums Of All Time by Pitchfork and Spin respectively as well as the legendary reference book, ‘1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.’
Featuring one of the band’s biggest songs, Vapour Trail, as well as Taste and
Dreams Burn Down, Nowhere is the blueprint for an entire sub-genre.
Ride were dubbed â€™shoegazersâ€™ by the British music press for their shy disposition and head down, focused concentration on their guitar pedals when playing live. Little did anyone expect the term to go on and create a new genre that would become one of the most enduring over the coming decades! Combining the trembling distortion laid down by earlier influences like The Smiths, My Bloody Valentine and the Britpop invasion with more direct and simpler melodies and etherial vocals, Ride created a sound that was one of hopeless optimism.
Their early live shows created a buzz not seen in years. With guitars and sound providing the primary focus over passÃ© late 80â€™s rock theatrics, Ride gained a huge following in six months that took other bands six years. A string of EPâ€™s released in quick succession set the scene for their debut full length, ‘Nowhere’, to drop in late 1990 to blanket critical appreciation. It was full of angst but it was ecstatic. It was hypnotic but it was raw and it made them one of the most adored and credible UK bands of the 90â€™s.
They spent most of ’91 on the road which included their first visit to Australia. Over the next half a decade, Ride were in their element. Each release building on the one before it and growing their global fanbase to exponential levels that put them ahead of their contemporaries by a country mile.
Ride released their first album in 21 years called ‘Weather Diaries’ on Wichita Recordings in 2017, which received critical and commercial acclaim from the likes of Uncut, NME, MOJO and The Line of Best Fit. They followed it up in 2019 with â€˜This Is Not A Safe Placeâ€™ which saw the band embracing their new found creativity and rejuvenated dynamic. The album landed at #7 in the UK, their highest chart position in 25 years!
On November 4, just in time for their Australian tour, Wichita Recordings will be re-issuing Ride‘s first four EPs (‘Ride, ‘Play’, ‘Fall’, and ‘Today Forever’), plus their seminal 1990 debut ‘Nowhere’, and feted 1992 album â€˜Going Blank Againâ€™ from their days on Creation Records.
Entitled â€˜4 EPsâ€™, the first four Ride EPs will be compiled onto one record for the first time ever and packaged as a beautiful gatefold album on double white vinyl.
Pre orders are available now here
Ride are also currently working on new material but until then make sure you get to one of the shows for a timely reminder of just how brilliant, how different, how influential, and how fundamental Ride were to what has since followed!
Tuesday, November 29: The Gov, Adelaide
Wednesday, November 30: The Forum, Melbourne
Thursday, December 1: Enmore Theatre, Sydney
Friday, December 2: Princess Theatre, Brisbane
Sunday, December 4: Freo Social, Perth
Tuesday, December 6: The Studio, Auckland
Tickets are On Sale NOW!
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Ride are Andy Bell, Mark Gardener, Laurence Colbert, and Steve Queralt.
Thanks to Maric Media