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Ride

With their first records, Ride created a unique wall of sound that relied on massive, trembling distortion in the vein of My Bloody Valentine but with a simpler, more direct melodic approach. The shatteringly loud, droning neo-psychedelia the band performed was dubbed shoegazing by the British press because the bandmembers stared at the stage while they performed. Along with their initial influence, My Bloody Valentine, Ride stood apart from the shoegazing pack, primarily because of their keen sense of songcraft and dynamics. For a while, the band was proclaimed the last great hope of British rock, but they fell from the spotlight nearly as quickly as they entered it.

Ride were formed in Oxfordshire, England, in 1988 by guitarist/vocalist Andy Bell, vocalist/guitarist Mark Gardener, bassist Stephan Queralt, and drummer Loz Colbert when the group was still in its late teens. The band soon earned a dedicated following through their blisteringly loud, intense live shows. Creation Records signed the band in 1989 and the group released its self-titled debut EP later in the year. Not only did the British music critics praise the Ride EP, but it climbed into the lower reaches of the U.K. charts.

Play, Ride's second EP, appeared in the spring of 1990 and it surpassed the success of its predecessor, entering the Top 40 upon its release. Ride continued to gain new fans and quickly became darlings of the U.K. press. Nowhere, the group's first album, was released at the end of the year and became a significant hit in England, peaking at number 14. The band's third EP, Fall, was released in the summer of 1991 and became a Top 20 hit in the U.K. Ride released their second album, Going Blank Again, in the spring of 1992. Going Blank Again was successful, particularly in the U.K. where its first single, "Leave Them All Behind," went into the Top Ten, but didn't increase their audience dramatically.

That lack of a breakthrough success caused tensions within the band, especially between Bell and Gardener. After completing a frustrating American tour, the band decided to take an extended break. It would be two years before Ride re-emerged with their third album, Carnival of Light.

Carnival of Light represented a major shift toward conventional psychedelic rock and it turned out to be a commercial misstep. Not only did their die-hard following dislike the record, but Ride failed to pick up a new batch of fans with their stylistic makeover. Wounded from a lack of sales and critical respect, the band moved to the studio in the summer of 1995 to record its fourth album, Tarantula. Tensions between Bell and Gardener escalated throughout the recorded sessions. After Tarantula was completed in August 1995, Gardener left the band; Bell followed immediately afterward. Ride announced its disbandment in January of 1996. The album was released in March of 1996. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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And I love it!
Phil Spector pioneered The Wall of Sound. This band is an example of a wall of noise. It hurts my ears.
Brilliant!
Great band. Album tracks better live. Not a single note was off. Over 2 hrs gig. First.gig I saw. Woo hoo and this song drips that lazy nectar of a great night out. You come out of it but get sucked back.in.
I was lucky enough to see these guys on 3 different occasions, plus Mark Gardner once as a solo artist. The 1st time was my favorite. They played at the Roxy in L.A., with LUSH. I was over the moon, when I stumbled across the live audio of that very show, on Youtube! I still have my untorn concert ticket from their canceled tour, for a show that was to take place at Slim's in S.F.
Nowhere and the fist 3 EP's are great. Saw they live 4 times.
One of the best albums: Nowhere, then Going Blank again. I had recorded onto tape their Nowhere album and didn't realize I had it turned up too loud. Doubled the noise and distortions. It was good.
Every band in this genre seems to reference My Bloody Valentine. Hint lost American Noise/Shoe Gazer band>>> Medicine.
Props for Nowhere!
If you make a "Ride" Pandora Station, you get all the good drones/shoeg a z e . . . W h a t a rockin channel, holy s**t.
Ride on!
Love them!
dawbotron
Going Blank Again is among the greatest albums of all time.
A perfect album!
Wow. Truly stunning and amazing band. How I wish they could have just held it together. Carnival of Light is a MASTERPIECE
What's wrong with D&D!?!? World of Warcraft is the same thing except online...
Bromide you are that same dork cause i dont even understand what those D&D terms are your using making you lamer than them, which are actually pretty good.
baxter2501
Go back to VH1. Bands are supposed to make music, not spend days getting tarted up for photoshoots.
bromide01
These guys needed a better stylist. Seriously. They look like the kids that ate alone in the cafeteria and played D&D. "Oh, my character has 10,000 hit point and is a 100th level Paladin."
elstenis
This band guided me into rock music and the UK rock scene while I was growing up. One aspect I have noted in retrospect is how solid their B-Sides were for Nowhere and Going Blank Again. There could have been an entirely new album of all their B-Sides that would, to this day, put many "commerciall y successful" bands to shame. My personal favorite, Howard Hughes, could've and should've made GBA.
I miss Ride, one of the best bands of early nineties.
an.nugent
I like them lots.

You're a flaming asshat, Bromide. In a good way!
raul1505
Absolutely one of the best bands to come out of the UK in the late 80's/early 90's. Opened up a whole new world of music for me when I was 16. A few years ago I had the pleasure of touring in support for Mark Gardener who turned out to be one of the most sincere and talented musician's I've ever met. The Nowhere LP is a classic, but the Play and Fall EP's are epic!
bromide01
When I hear this band it makes me want to rip out my brain and stomp on it. In a good way!
plaidsam2002
When I hear this band it makes me think of my youth. In a good way!
The drummer is playing with The Jesus and Mary Chain
That drummer was fantastic. I hope he's drumming somewhere for somebody now. He's why this band wasn't as mushy as My Bloody Valentine and why I liked them much better.
"Drive Blind" - This represents a facet of music I wish more people were acknowledgin g now in the 08'-o9' era......... . . . .
bromide01
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