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Ride (band)

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Ride are a British rock band that formed in 1988 in Oxford, England, consisting of Andy Bell, Mark Gardener, Laurence "Loz" Colbert, and Steve Queralt The band were initially part of the "shoegazing" scene that emerged in England during the early 1990s Following the break-up of the band in 1996, members moved on to various other projects, most notably Bell who became the bassist for Oasis In 2001, the band briefly reunited for a one-off performance for a television show Ride announced their second reunion in November 2014 Their debut album Nowhere has been named one of the greatest albums of the shoegazing genre1


  • 1 History
    • 11 Starting out 1988–1989
    • 12 Early Creation years 1989–1993
    • 13 Change in musical direction 1994–1996
    • 14 The breakup 1996
    • 15 Post break-up years 1997–2001
    • 16 Channel Four and beyond 2001–2013
    • 17 Reunion and Weather Diaries 2014–present
  • 2 Discography
    • 21 Studio albums
    • 22 Compilations and live albums
    • 23 Singles
    • 24 Videography
  • 3 References
  • 4 External links


Starting out 1988–1989edit

Andy Bell and Mark Gardener had been to Cheney School in Oxford, appearing in the school's musical theatre productions, and in October 1988, they moved to Banbury to do Foundation Studies in Art & Design at North Oxfordshire College and the Oxfordshire School of Art & Design2 There they met Laurence Colbert Steve Queralt, who also went to Cheney School, was recruited from the local Our Price record shop where he worked as a singles buyer although Bell and Queralt had already played together in an obscure reggae/pop band called "Big Spiderback"3 After considering various names, the band settled for 'Ride', with its evocation of travel, and after the Ride cymbal Bell has cited a performance by The Smiths as the inspiration for forming a band2 The band formed in the summer of 1988 and played their first gig as Ride for the College's Christmas Party towards the end of the year While still at Banbury, the band produced a demo tape, recorded in Queralt's bedroom and hallway, including the tracks "Chelsea Girl" and "Drive Blind" Queralt and his record shop boss and future Ride manager Dave Newton had started a live music night in Oxford called Local Support, and it was due to a cancellation by another band that Ride got their first proper gig at one of these nights3 Jim Reid of The Jesus and Mary Chain heard a copy of the demo that was in the possession of the DJ Gary Crowley, and this led to interest from Mary Chain manager Alan McGee3 After the band supported The Soup Dragons in 1989, McGee signed them to his Creation Records label

Early Creation years 1989–1993edit

Ride released three EPs between January and September 1990, entitled Ride, Play and Fall All three EPs made it into the UK top 75, with Play and Fall reaching the top 404 Ride's top-75 placing was a first for Creation Records5 The first two EPs were released together as Smile in the USA in July 1990 and later released in the UK in 1992, while the Fall EP was incorporated into the CD version of their first album, Nowhere, released in October 1990 The band were often labelled as part of the "shoegazing" scene, but the band rejected this, Bell stating "my first reaction was like, this is another boring tag These daysthat's pretty much still my reaction"6 Gardener said of the band's influences "We liked the noisy bands of the time When we were at art college we went to see My Bloody Valentine, House of Love, Stone Roses and Sonic Youth I think these all had a lot of influence on us in the early days as they were great gigs"6

The band recorded two sessions for John Peel's BBC Radio 1 show in 1990, and their popularity with the show's listeners saw them with three tracks in the Festive Fifty that year, with "Dreams Burn Down" and "Like a Daydream" at numbers 3 and 4 respectively, and "Taste" at number 257

Nowhere was a critical and commercial success, reaching No 11 in the UK,4 and the media dubbed Ride "The brightest hope" for 1991citation needed Demand for new material was high, and the band recorded another EP, Today Forever, released in March 1991 The EP marked a change in direction for the group away from the noisier early style Ride made their first international tour to Japan, Australia and France later on that year5 Tickets for the performances in Japan sold out within minutes8

In February 1992 the band broke into the UK top 10 with "Leave Them All Behind", and the following month saw the release of the band's second album Going Blank Again4 The strain within the band was already apparent, Bell stating "By the time the second album came out we were touring too much We were tired We then took time off, but it was too much time off"8

Change in musical direction 1994–1996edit

Ride were able to see out 1993 riding on the success of Going Blank Again and a third LP was keenly anticipated A double weekend of gigs with The Charlatans that year 'Daytripper' kept them in the public eye amid a wider lack of interest in the shoegazing scene Their third LP, Carnival of Light, was released in June 1994, at a time when Britpop was the focus of the music press Produced by John Leckie and partly engineered by Nigel Godrich future Radiohead producer – except "How Does it Feel to Feel" by Black Crowes producer George Drakoulias – and featuring a guest appearance on keyboards from Jon Lord of Deep Purple,9 the album was split between songwriters Gardener and Bell, with the former's songs making up the first half of the album and the latter's the second10 Not only did the album's sound eschew the band's earlier influences in favour of inspiration from classic rock, but the band's approach to songwriting also changed: whereas earlier material had been developed by band by jamming as a group, for Carnival of Light Bell and Gardener would arrive in the studio with their songs more or less fully formed11 Opening with the riff-heavy "Moonlight Medicine", tracks also include "From Time to Time", "Birdman" and a cover of The Creation's "How Does It Feel to Feel", which was released as a single The album was not well received by critics, Bell explaining "These were good times but the music took second place When we recorded the Carnival Of Light album we got indulgent"8 By the end of 1994 even the band themselves were critical of the album, referring to it within the group as "Carnival Of Shite"12

The breakup 1996edit

1995 saw the dissolution of the band while recording Tarantula Gardener and Bell had led the band away from their shoegazing roots to become more contemporary, hoping to change their style with the times Queralt has remarked that the band had two future directions open to them, and they chose the wrong option Gardener had become interested in dance music, and wanted Ride to incorporate that into their style, while Bell disagreed8 The track listing of Carnival of Light gives an indication of the tension that was mounting between the two guitarists, with the first half of the album being songs written by Mark Gardener and the last half of the album being songs written by Andy Bell - Andy Bell had refused to let his songs be interspersed with pieces written by Gardener Years later Andy Bell explained "Imagine an argument where the way you win, is by saying 'I don't want my songs on the same side of the album as yours' and it ACTUALLY HAPPENS We were allowed by the people around us to behave like total babies"

By the time Tarantula appeared, the band was beginning to self-destruct Bell penned most of the songs while Gardener provided only one - the tension within the band leading to an inability to write meaningful musical pieces Castle on the Hill, written by Bell, was a lament for the band's situation and contains references to Gardener's self-imposed exile from the group Gardener walked out during the album's mixing sessions, and the band announced their break-up shortly before its release in March 199613 The album was released and remained on sale for one week before being withdrawn4 Critics and fans alike had panned the album although the first single off the album, "Black Nite Crash", was awarded "single of the week" by weekly music magazine Melody Maker The album was described by AllMusic as "an abomination of '70s/Lenny Kravitz clichés, full of third- and fourth-rate tunes and, ultimately, bad blood", going on to say "the words are just plain awful throughout, not even worth printing"13 Rolling Stone were more complimentary, stating "the album is saved from maudlin self-obsession because it's rawer and rocks harder than anything else Ride have recorded"14

Since the break-up, both Bell and Gardener have been more reflective about the group's disintegration, with Bell especially admitting his own part in the process

Post break-up years 1997–2001edit

After the split, Andy Bell formed a new band called "Hurricane No 1" but this project was permanently dissolved when he was asked to play bass for Oasis after having turned down the opportunity to join Gay Dad8 He lived in Stockholm during this period Mark Gardener and Laurence Colbert joined with Sam Williams to form The Animalhouse8 As BMG signings, they were successful in Japan The band was, however, short lived and split in 2002 Gardener has also toured as a solo artist, while Colbert, Gardener and Bell have played in a Bob Dylan tribute band called The Zimmermen During these years Queralt appeared to have retired from professional music He spent the years following the break-up working in Oxford, playing 5-a-side football, and raising a family He is now living in Hammersmith, London

Channel Four and beyond 2001–2013edit

On 16 October 2001, all four members of Ride agreed to be filmed by Channel 4 The footage was used for the show Pioneers, a documentary on Sonic Youth, and featured a thirty-minute improvised jam615 The recording of this song, plus two short sound checks, were released in 2002 as Coming up for Air The interest in this limited release CD caused the band to consider future releases In late 2002, Ride released a 3-CD box set which is made up of OX4_ The Best of Ride, Firing Blanks Unreleased tracks and Live_Reading Festival 19926 In 2003 they released Waves, a collection of tracks from five radio sessions recorded for the BBC16

Mark Gardener then pursued a solo career From 2003 to 2005, Gardener toured extensively, sometimes with the help of Oxford friends Goldrush, in order to personally fund a full-length studio album17 During the tour, a three-track EP with Goldrush Falling Out Into the Night and a live album the acoustic solo Live @ the Knitting Factory, New York City were released He also spent part of 2005 working with the French duo rinôçérôse In late 2005, Gardener's album These Beautiful Ghosts was released in North America on United For Opportunity

Any thoughts of permanently re-forming the band, however, were previously explicitly denied by Bell, with the reasoning that it would not live up to expectations18 However, band members, Bell included, had stated that they would not mind working with each other again Since then, Bell and Colbert have made an appearance at one of Gardener's early shows; Bell later shared two nights of acoustic sets with Gardener in November 2003 when Gardener made a tour stop in Bell's then home of Stockholm

Colbert also started playing in a band again - as guitarist and vocalist He also played drums in different projects, most notably with the reformed Jesus and Mary Chain, Supergrass filling in for Danny Goffey, International Jetsetters with fellow Jesus and Mary Chain bandmate Mark Crozer, and Damo Suzuki Can In 2005, Gardener was stuck in France and unable to play the Truck Festival; Colbert's band filled the gap in the bill Colbert studied on the 1 Year Diploma in Drum Performance at London's Drumtech after the split of Ride

Reunion and Weather Diaries 2014–presentedit

On 19 November 2014, it was announced that Ride had reunited again for a series of tour dates in Europe and North America in May and June 201519 On 10 and 17 April 2015, Ride performed at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival following a live performance broadcast by KCRW on 8 April 201520 The band appeared at different venues and festivals in northern America and Europe like Primavera Sound Festival, Melt! Festival etc They also toured America with fellow shoegazers DIIV

On 21 February 2017, Andy Bell and Mark Gardener were interviewed on BBC Radio 6 by Steve Lamacq, followed by the premiere of "Charm Assault", their first new single since 1996's "Black Nite Crash,", and their first new song in 21 years21 The next day, the band released another single, "Home Is a Feeling"22

On 23 March 2017, Ride announced their first new studio album in 21 years, Weather Diaries The album's release is planned for 16 June 201723


Studio albumsedit

Album Release date Chart info Certifications
Nowhere 15 October 1990 11 UK24 Silver UK
Going Blank Again 9 March 1992 5 UK Gold UK
Carnival of Light 20 June 1994 5 UK
Tarantula 20 March 1996 21UK
Weather Diaries 16 June 2017

Compilations and live albumsedit

  • Smile 1990 Sire/Creation
  • Kaleidoscope 1991 Sire promotional only
  • Grasshopper 1992 Sire/Warner Bros
  • Cosmic Carnival 1994 Sire
  • Live Light 1995 Mutiny/Elektra
  • Ride Box Set 2001 Ignition
  • OX4 The Best of Ride 2001 Ignition
  • Firing Blanks Unreleased Ride Recordings 1988–95 2001
  • Live Reading Festival 1992 2001
  • Waves 2003


Year Title Chart positions Album
UK Singles Chart24 US Modern Rock25
1990 Ride EP 71
Play EP 32
Fall EP 34
1991 "Taste" 24 Nowhere
"Vapour Trail"
Today Forever EP 14
1992 "Leave Them All Behind" 9 20 Going Blank Again
"Twisterella" 36 12
1994 "Birdman" 38 Carnival of Light
"How Does It Feel to Feel" 58
"I Don't Know Where It Comes From" 46
Live EP
1996 "Black Nite Crash" 67 Tarantula
2002 Coming Up For Air EP
2017 "Charm Assault" Weather Diaries
"Home Is a Feeling"


  • Going Blank Again - Live At Brixton Academy 1992


  1. ^ "Staff Lists: Top 100 Albums of the 1990s" Pitchfork 2003-11-17 Retrieved 2012-02-28 
  2. ^ a b "The Ride Story: part one", BBC, September 2001, "I was 14 and they definitely inspired me to get a band together"
  3. ^ a b c Taylor, Steve 2006 The A to X of Alternative Music, Continuum International Publishing Group, ISBN 978-0-8264-8217-4
  4. ^ a b c d Strong, Martin C 2003 "Ride", in The Great Indie Discography, Canongate, ISBN 1-84195-335-0
  5. ^ a b Larkin, Colin 1992 The Guinness Who's Who of Indie and New Wave Music, Guinness Publishing, ISBN 0-85112-579-4
  6. ^ a b c d Heaton, Dave 2003 "IN A DIFFERENT PLACE: Interviews with Andy Bell and Mark Gardener of Ride", PopMatters, 8 April 2003
  7. ^ Ride at the BBC's Keeping It Peel site
  8. ^ a b c d e f "The Ride Story: part two", BBC, September 2001
  9. ^ Robbins, Ira "Ride", Trouser Press
  10. ^ Kellman, Andy "Carnival of Light Review", AllMusic, Macrovision Corporation
  11. ^ Barton, Laura 16 April 2015 "Ride reunion: 'More bands should beat the crap out of each other for a while'" theguardiancom Retrieved 16 April 2015 
  12. ^ Cavanagh, D: "The Creation Records Story - My Magpie Eyes are Hungry for the Prize", page 613 Virgin Publishing, 2000, ISBN 0-7535-0645-9
  13. ^ a b Kellman, Andy "Tarantula Review", AllMusic, Macrovision Corporation
  14. ^ Derogatis, Jim 1996 "Tarantula review", Rolling Stone, issue 732, 18 April 1996
  15. ^ "Ride Back Where They Started", NME, 14 October 2001
  16. ^ "Ride at the Beeb!", NME, 24 June 2003
  17. ^ Kuipers, Dean 2005 "Beautiful Ghosts", Los Angeles CityBeat, 15 December 2005
  18. ^ "Ride deny reformation rumours", NME, 11 May 2007
  19. ^ "Ride Reunite, Announce World Tour" Pitchforkcom 2014-11-18 Retrieved 2014-11-18 
  20. ^ "KCRW Morning becomes eclectic" kcrwcom 2015-04-08 Retrieved 2015-04-17 
  21. ^ Listen to Ride’s first new song in 20 years ‘Charm Assault’
  22. ^ Pearce, Sheldon "Listen to Ride's New Song "Home Is a Feeling" | Pitchfork" pitchforkcom Retrieved 23 February 2017 
  23. ^ Ride Announce New Album "Weather Diaries", Share New “Charm Assault” Video: Watch
  24. ^ a b Roberts, David 2006 British Hit Singles & Albums 19th ed London: Guinness World Records Limited p 463 ISBN 1-904994-10-5 
  25. ^ ""Ride" Billboart Chart History" in Italian Billboardcom Retrieved 2012-02-28 

External linksedit

  • Official website
  • RIDE Digital Archive
  • Ride at WorldMusicDatabase

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