Entries tagged with: Ride
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Beach Slang at BV-RBSS at Baby's All Right in January (more by Ryan Muir)
In certain punk and indie rock circles, Beach Slang were without competition the most exciting new band of 2014. The members were already mainstays in the Pennsylvania punk scene, having done time in Weston, Ex Friends, NONA and other bands, and they came together to create music that felt instantly familiar yet fresh at the same time. They gave us two killer EPs and a year and a half of life-affirming live shows, and now they're finally about to release their debut full length, The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us, on their new label home Polyvinyl.
It's their first release with live guitarist Ruben Gallego contributing to songwriting and recording, and they make a few subtle progressions from the EPs. It's still rooted in the Paul Westerberg school of song craft, but singer James Alex would be quick to point out its shoegaze and Britpop influences too, which you can hear in the ringing lead guitars, the harmonies, and the falsetto "oohs" and "ahhs." Those are influences they just paid tribute to on a new mixtape for Cassette Store Day that has them covering Ride, Dramarama, Senseless Things, The Plimsouls and Best Kissers In The World (streaming below). James brings the romance and the charming pop of those bands to The Things We Do, but the monstrous rhythm section of Ed McNulty and JP Flexner keep things hitting hard. It's a contrast not unlike the time a certain band made The Vaselines sound like this.
You can pick out which bands they sound similar to all day if you wanted to, and Beach Slang probably wouldn't mind if you did -- that mixtape aside, they seem to cover every comparison they get. But as their fellow Westerberg disciples and new Polyvinyl labelmates Japandroids reminded us on 2012's Celebration Rock, with enough spirit, sincerity and cathartic release you can make a rock record for the ages. And Beach Slang have an overload of those things.
photo: Beach Slang at BV-CMJ 2014 at Baby's All Right (more by Mimi Hong)
"I try a lot to write. I try to use my brain. But every time I try, my heart gets in the way," James roars on early standout "Ride The Wild Haze." And that's just about the most honest look into his songwriting that you could ask for. So much of this record is finding ways to say this is the thing we're doing right now exactly as they're doing it. Later in that same song, James decides, "Let's make the loudest sounds until we feel something," which is exactly what everyone on and off stage is doing at a Beach Slang show. When the kids sing that back to him (and they will), they're gonna feel it in that moment as wholeheartedly as he does. Later, on "I Break Guitars" he'll ask, "If rock and roll is dangerous, how come I feel so safe in it?" And for 30 sweaty minutes, Beach Slang crowds will feel that too. To revisit that Japandroids comparison, Beach Slang could've accurately called this record Celebration Rock too. It celebrates all the things we love about rock and roll and all the ways it brings us together, while also being those things. But they called it The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us, which might actually be the most accurate title it could have.
It's not just a record about feeling alive (a word that appears in seven of the ten songs), it's also about overcoming a sadness to experience that euphoria. It's why Beach Slang write these songs, and let's face it, it's why we listen to them. "I've always felt stuck, alone or ashamed," he admits on "Bad Art + Weirdo Ideas." "I feel most alive when I'm listening to every record that hits harder than the pain," he tells us on "Haze." And on "Hard Luck Kid" he shrugs, "Almost everything is a waste of time." If you connect to punk rock, you've probably felt these things too. You were a misfit kid, an outsider. You were awkward and weird. Someone or something hurt you, and you needed to be saved in some way. James takes the thing that hurt him, and as he tells us repeatedly with the last line on the record, "I blur all this hurt into sound." Maybe his sound can help you too. Maybe connecting to this record and to the other people who connect to it is the thing you'll do to find people who feel like you.
The album is officially out on 10/30 but you can stream it in full below (via NPR). (Update: Bandcamp stream now below too.) And if you pre-order it, you get a download of the full album immediately. I also caught up with Beach Slang when they played Riot Fest Denver in late August, and that interview is below too.
by Bill Pearis
Ride's Andy Bell and Mark Gardener with Robert Smith, 1991
Ride's 25th anniversary edition of Nowhere is due out November 6 and to promote it, the band have gotten The Cure's Robert Smith to remix their classic song "Nowhere." It's not actually on the new edition of the album, nor is it the most inspired remix you've ever heard. (I thought I had two versions playing at once, but no that's just the way it sounds.) Still, kind of interesting and you can stream it below.
Having recently wrapped up their East Coast tour, Ride are back home for a UK tour. They'll return for another trip through North America's West Coast in November ahead of a few shows in Japan and China. All dates are listed below.
photos by Greg Cristman
Ride / DIIV @ Irving Plaza 9/21/2015
"A lot of people have been commenting about the vocals," Gardener says. "We love the Byrds; we love the Beach Boys, the bands that did that well. It's lovely, given all that I've been through with Andy, going from school onward, that we can stand and sing together like that in harmony now." He adds this: "And also our lifestyle's a bit better than it was back then." Father of a seventeen-month-old daughter, Gardener avers that these days his only poison, if you can call it that, is vaping pot.Ride's "mad year" and reunion tour rolled through NYC for its second time, playing two nights at Irving Plaza: Monday (9/21) with DIIV and Tuesday with Montreal's Besnard Lakes. Did you go to one or both? More pictures from Monday's show with DIIV, plus setlists from both shows, are below.
In an interview last fall with Drowned in Sound about the Ride reunion, Gardener predicted 2015 would be a "mad year." Three-quarters of the way through it, he confirms as much: "It's definitely been fucking mad, yeah. I think the plan is not to have plans and go one show at a time. I sort of sound like a footballer or whatever: 'One game at a time.' " - [Village Voice]
Ride and Besnard Lakes head to Asbury Park's Stone Pony tonight (9/23) and tickets are still available.
In other news, Hurricane #1, the Oasis-ish band Andy Bell formed after Ride broke up in the '90s, have a new album on the way. Mind you Bell's not on it -- singer/guitarist Alex Lowe reformed the band with a new lineup (including Teenage Fanclub drummer Paul Quinn) and will release Find What You Love and Let It Kill You in November. You can hear snippets of three songs from the album below.
Shoegaze veterans Ride have been on a successful reunion tour for a while now, and now they've announced a 25th anniversary reissue of their 1990 debut (and second favorite) album, Nowhere. The band writes:
Originally released on October 15th 1990, Nowhere was remastered in 2001 at Abbey Road Studios and reissued with four additional tracks from the Today Forever EP (in March 1991).It follows their 20th anniversary reissue which had a recording of a different 1991 show. Check out the tracklist and a video of Ride playing "Dreams Burn Down" from the concert that will appear on the DVD, below.
This expanded remastered version of Nowhere has now been augmented in this special 25th Anniversary Edition with a bonus DVD of the previously unseen Town and Country Club show from the Today Forever EP tour. The first of two nights at the venue was filmed by James Deegan who directed the four videos on the EP and was shot in a mixture of 16mm colour and super8mm b&w.
The footage had sat in its film cans and had remained unseen until it was converted to digital in the summer of 2015.
The audio has been mixed by Mark Gardener at OX4sound studios and the film footage has been edited by Matt Levin in Washington DC.
by Bill Pearis
There was a while there -- oh, 2009 or so -- when you could barely go a day without someone posting a new parody of the scene in Downfall when Adolf Hitler learns he's lost the war. If you missed that somehow, the subtitles were redone so that the scene was about Hitler finding out there'd be no camera in the iPod Touch, or that his friends aren't going to burning man, or him failing to get The Fall's RSD09 single. Then someone made one where Hitler actually finds out about the Downfall Meme, and the meme quieted down, but I just came across a new one where he finds out that The Cocteau Twins aren't actually reuniting this festival season. It works in Slowdive, Ride and a few other shoegaze bands as well. It's clearly from this year, and funny, and you can watch it below...
photo: DIIV @ Levitation Fest 2015 (more by PSquared)
Before they start their tour with No Joy and Sunflower Bean, DIIV will play a few slots opening for reunited shoegazers Ride on their fall tour. Those dates include the first of two shows at NYC's Irving Plaza (9/21). Tickets for that, as well as Ride's 9/22 Irving Plaza show with Besnard Lakes, are still available. There is also a discounted two-day Irving Plaza pass, plus VIP options. Ride and Besnard Lakes also play Asbury Park's Stone Pony Summerstage on 9/23 and tickets are still available.
DIIV's new album Is the Is Are is due out before the end of the year via Captured Tracks. All DIIV and Ride tour dates are listed below.
by Bill Pearis
photo: The Besnard Lakes @ Rough Trade (more by Greg Cristman)
Montreal's The Besnard Lakes have been tapped to open for part of Ride's fall tour, starting with two NYC-area shows: September 22 at Irving Plaza (tickets) and September 23 at Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ (tickets). They will not open for Ride at the 9/21 Irving Plaza show.
One thing we've always wanted to do is to perform live for you an entirely faithful rendition of our songs as they exist on the albums. This means all the strings, horns, keys, guitars, percussion, vibraphone, backing vocals, etc. you know and love will be performed as they were recorded. Featuring friends from all over the Montreal music scene. Come freak out with us.That sounds pretty awesome. Besnard Lakes Pop Montreal show happens September 18 at Rialto Hall, so if you're heading to the fest that's one show you won't want to miss. I should say, the current five-piece lineup of Besnard Lakes already sound pretty enormous -- their Rough Trade show back in January was fantastic.
When they played the Rough Trade show, frontman Jace Lacek said they were hoping to have something new out by the end of 2015. Stay tuned. All tour dates are listed below.
Ride at Terminal 5 in June (more by Greg Cristman)
Reunited shoegazers Ride will be coming back to North America this fall, including two nights at NYC's Irving Plaza on September 21 & 22 (tickets). They just have expanded the tour, including another NYC-area show, this one happening at Asbury Park's Stone Pony on September 23.
Tickets for the Stone Pony show go on sale Friday (7/17) at 10 AM with a Citi cardmember presale beginning Tuesday (7/14) at 10 AM and Live Nation and Ticketmaster presales starting Wednesday (7/15) at 10 AM. All dates, including a stop in Austin for Fun Fun Fun Fest, are listed below.
Opening on many of the dates, including the NYC-area shows, will be Canadian singer Tess Parks who just released her collaborative album with Anton Newcombe of Brian Jonestown Massacre.
photos by Greg Cristman
Ride/Ash @ Terminal 5, 6/4/2015
After playing Music Hall of Williamsburg, reunited UK band Ride played NYC's Terminal 5 on Thursday, June 4. The set was nearly identical to the MHOW, though they played "Natural Grace" from 1994's Carnival Light instead of "Perfect Time" (from their early Play EP) and they started their encore with a cover of The Beatles' "Tomorrow Never Knows." Setlist and pics from Ride's T5 show are in this post, and the band will be back in September for two shows at Irving Plaza. Also below: full video of Ride's set at Primavera Sound 2015.
Opening the T5 show was Irish trio Ash who kept their set mostly in the '90s as well, playing such favorites as "Girl from Mars," "Goldfinger" and "Burn Baby Burn." They played Rough Trade the night before T5 which was a record release show for their new album, Kablammo!. Setlist and more pics from Ash's T5 set are below...
photos by P Squared Photography, words by Bill Pearis
Ride @ MHOW 6/1/2015
"Does anyone remember the last time we played New York?" asked Andy Bell? Someone from the crowd shouted back "It's been too long!" to which Bell replied "That's for sure." I can't say for sure either, but the last time I saw Ride was in 1992 at the original 930 Club in DC. I drove four hours straight from my summer job in West Virginia to the show (Pale Saints opened) and had to drive back immediatly after. It was awesome and I refused to wear earplugs...which was probably the start of my tinnitus.
Twenty-three years later, Ride are back and their show is within walking distance of my apartment, I'm wearing earplugs (for most of it) and, apart from choice of opener, this may have been the better show. Ride look pretty much the same, apart from a newsboy cap where Mark Gardener's famous fringe once was, and still sound absolutely amazing. Opening with the massive "Leave Them All Behind," the Oxford quartet played pretty much everything you'd want to hear up through 1992's Going Blank Again (expect no "Kaleidoscope"). The only song beyond that played was the Stooges-y "Black Night Crash" from their final album, Tarantuala. Maybe when they return in September, they'll throw in something like Andy Bell's "Birdman" from 1995's Carnival of Light. That would be nice.
I am on record for thinking Going Blank Again is their best album (and still do), but last night the songs from Nowhere and their early EPs that packed the most punch, like "Seagull" and "Taste" that showed them to be a great psychedelic rock band first and foremost, with keen pop sensibilities and maybe the best rhythm section of all the OG shoegazers. On that: drummer Loz Colbert remains an absolute monster behind the kit and I spent most of the show just watching him, mesmerized.
The band were in good spirits, glad to be anywhere after getting stuck at an airport in Spain for two days following their performance at Primavera Sound. And the crowd (MHOW seemed as packed as I can remember) were lapping it all up. The main set ended with the one-two punch of their perfect single "Vapour Trail" and an 11-minute-or-so version of "Drive Blind" which, as usual, descended into a noise jam a la MBV's "You Made me Realise." They encored with Going Blank Again deep cut "Mousetrap" and "Chelsea Girl" from their first EP. A really fantastic show. Pictures and setlist are in this post.
Ride play NYC again on Thursday (6/4) at Terminal 5 (tickets still available) which is with Ash, a much more appropriate choice for opener than Zak Starkey's band Sshh who opened at MHOW. Pics from Sshh's set, and more of Ride, below...
photo: Swervedriver @ Mercury Lounge in March (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Swervedriver, who released their first album since the '90s and toured earlier this year, will be on the bus again soon, with dates this summer in Canada and a fall U.S. tour. That includes a NYC date, playing Bowery Ballroom on September 5. That show, and most of the tour, is with their previous tourmates Gateway Drugs and tickets go on sale today at noon. All dates are listed below.
Meanwhile, their onetime Creation Records labelmates Ride will be in NYC next week and tickets for their 6/4 Terminal 5 show are back on sale. The 6/1 Music Hall of Williamsburg show is sold out, but you can still get tickets to their two shows at Irving Plaza in September. You can also win tickets to Irving Plaza, and we've got a sweet Ride prize pack to give away too.
One of the premier music festivals in the world, the 2015 edition of Primavera Sound is just underway in Barcelona, Spain. If you can't make it, they're streaming many of the fest's performances live via two video channels on their website and below. Today's sets (5/28) you can watch include James Blake, OMD, Spiritualized, The Thurston Moore Band, Mikal Cronin, Baxter Dury and more. The fest's streaming schedule is listed below.
Meanwhile, WFMU will be broadcasting performances live on Friday (5/29) and Saturday (5/30) from 3PM to midnight. WFMU's broadcast schedule, below...
Austin's annual Fun Fun Fun Fest returns in 2015 from November 6-8 at Auditorium Shores, and as usual the lineup is amazing. There's Jane's Addiction (performing Ritual de lo habitual), Gogol Bordello (performing Gypsy Punks), The Dwarves (performing Blood, Guts & Pussy), the first-ever Texas show and only US show of 2015 for '80s metal legends Venom, a reunion from DC hardcore vets Dag Nasty, Yeah Yeah Yeahs/Blood Brothers/Locust side project Head Wound City, D'Angelo, NOFX, American Football, Ride, The Charlatans (UK), Wu-Tang Clan, Schoolboy Q, Grimes, Cheap Trick, Drive Like Jehu, L7, Babes In Toyland, American Nightmare, Converge, Chain of Strength, Desaparecidos, Skinny Puppy, Afrika Bambaataa, Future Islands, Fucked Up, Neon Indian, Hudson Mohawke, Joey Bada$$, Alvvays, Speedy Ortiz, Parquet Courts, Power Trip, La Dispute, Title Fight, Shamir, Mikal Cronin, Viet Cong and many more.
Tickets go on sale today (5/28) at 10 AM CT (11 AM EST). Full lineup and announcement video below.
The lineup for the Dag Nasty reunion is the same one they played the Salad Days show in DC with in 2012: original vocalist Shawn Brown, plus Brian Baker, Roger Marbury and Colin Sears.
by Bill Pearis
photo: Ride @ Coachella 2015 (more by Samantha Saturday)
Shoegaze greats Ride are in the midst of their reunion, having just wrapped a run in North America and are now back in the UK. Yesterday (5/20), Ride recorded a live performance at legendary BBC recording studio Maida Vaile for BBC 6Music. They sound really good, and you can stream the full, hour-long performance below.
Ride will be in Spain next weekend for Primavera Sound and right after that they'll head to NYC for two sold-out shows. They'll be back this fall for two shows at Irving Plaza (September 21 & 22) to which tickets are still available. If you'd like to go for free we're also giving away a pair of tickets to the Irving show of your choice. Entry form, and an updated list of Ride tour dates are below.
Wait, that's not all. We've also got a Ride prize package to give away as well, that includes a red vinyl copy of Ride's OX4 best-of compilation (which came out for Record Store Day) which is signed by the band, as well as a CD copy of the deluxe, expanded edition of of their debut album Nowhere which includes the Today Forever EP, a recording of a 1991 concert and 40-page book. This is a separate contest from the ticket giveaway and entry form is below.
photo: Ride @ Coachella 2015 (more by Samantha Saturday)
Ride have expanded their 2015 reunion tour, playing shows throughout the summer and fall. That includes two additional NYC shows happening September 21 & 22 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for both shows go on sale Friday (5/8) at 10 AM with a presale starting Wednesday (5/6) at 10 AM (password: SPEAKERS), and a two-day pass option available as well.
Ride will be here in about a month, playing sold-out shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg and Terminal 5. All dates are listed below.
photos by Samantha Saturday, words by Bill Pearis
Ride @ Coachella, 4/10/2015
Reunited shoegaze greats Ride played their first US shows in over 20 years last week, hitting LA's Roxy before heading to Coachella on Friday (4/10). Opening with Going Blank Again's nearly nine-minute "Leave Them All Behind," Ride sounded great (at least from watching Coachella's broadcast) as they tore through classics like "Vapour Trail," "Chelsea Girl," "Taste," and set-closer "Drive Blind" which ended things in a squall of feedback and noise. (It was sort of their equivalent to MBV's "You Made Me Realise.") Pictures, setlist and video of "Vapour Trail" and "Leave Them All Behind" from Coachella weekend 1, are in this post.
Ride have a busy week before returning to Coachella on Friday (4/17). They played San Francisco last night (4/13) and have shows in Pomona tonight and San Diego on Thursday. Ride will be in NYC for two sold-out shows in June. Ride fans can also pick up a vinyl edition of best-of compilation OX4 at Record Store Day on Saturday (4/18).
Stay tuned for more pictures from Coachella weekend 1. More pics and video of Ride at Coachella, plus setlists from there and the Roxy show, below...
photo: Ride @ O2 Academy 4/5/2015 (via their facebook)
Ride played their first full-band show since announcing their reunion, which happened last night at the O2 Academy in their old hometown of Oxford UK. (Mark Gardener and Andy Bell played an acoustic show in London back in February). The setlist was almost entirely from 1988-1993 heyday, though they did play "Black Nite Crash" from their final album Tarantula which was released after they'd broken up. That was that song's live debut. Setlist, plus video of "Seagull," "OX4," "Dreams Burn Down" and "Drive Blind," below.
Ride will be in North America to play Coachella this weekend and will be in NYC in June for sold-out shows at Terminal 5 with Ash and Music Hall of Williamsburg with Zak Starkey's band Penguinsrising.
Ride have expanded their reunion tour and added a second show happening while they're NYC, playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 1 which is a few days before their sold-out 6/4 show at Terminal 5. Tickets for the MHOW show are on AmEx presale NOW and go onsale to the general public Friday (4/3) at noon.
Ride's first full-band show since reforming was to have been Coachella on April 10, but they've added a couple before that. They'll play the O2 Academy in their old hometown of Oxford, UK on April 5, and their first US show now will be at LA's Roxy on April 8. Updated dates are listed, along with a really brief rehearsal video of the band doing "Seagull," below...
by Bill Pearis
Ash in the studio (via @Ash_1977)
Long-running Irish band Ash vowed in 2007 that they'd never make another album, and only release singles. Well, they've now broken that promise in the form of Kablammo!, the band's first new album in eight years which will be out May 26. Pre-orders are available now. The first single "Cocoon" is a real ripper, going back to the punky, poppy style they did so well on 1977 and Free All Angels. You can stream it below.
Ash will be in NYC right after the album's release to open Ride's sold out show at Terminal 5 on June 4. The day before (6/3) they'll be at Rough Trade for a Kablammo! release show. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (3/27) at noon.
All tour dates are listed, along with the "Cocoon" song stream, below...
(photo via @steve_j_a)
Ride are still two months away from their first live shows of their reunion (currently Coachella is first up), but frontmen Andy Bell and Mark Gardner ran through acoustic versions of of some of the band's best known songs Thursday night (2/19) at London's 100 Club in front of a seriously pumped crowd. "Vapour Trail," "Polar Bear," "Chrome Waves," "Chelsea Girl" and more got trotted out and even normally noisy ones like "Drive Blind" sounded pretty good in this format. There's video of the whole show and you can watch it, and check out the setlist, below.
Ride have also added a few more tour dates since the last time we posted (though no additional NYC shows), and all are listed below.
While Mark Gardener is busy getting ready for Ride's reunion dates, it's not the only thing on his plate. March 24 will see the release of Universal Road, his collaborative album with Cocteau Twins guitarist and dreampop icon Robin Guthrie. The two worked together before on 2012 single "The Places We Go" which you can stream below. The album will be out via Guthrie's Soleil Après Minuit label. Artwork and tracklist below.
In other news Ride's best-of compilation OX4 is getting a vinyl/CD reissue for Record Store Day 2015 (April 18), so be on the lookout for that. That's the cover art above and an Rdio stream of the comp is below. Ride have also added more dates to their reunion tour -- no additional date in NYC besides the sold-out T5 show unfortunately -- and all are listed below.
Drive Like Jehu in 2014 (photo by Tod Seelie)
Earlier today, we mentioned the a couple Coachella sideshows (Brand New/Built to Spill/Desaparecidos and Desaparecidos/Touche Amore/Joyce Manor), and now the full schedule of sideshows is here. There's also one with the reunited Drive Like Jehu, one with the reunited Ride and Eagulls, one with Interpol and Perfume Genius, one with Belle & Sebastian and Mac DeMarco, one with Swans and Angel Olsen, one with Father John Misty and King Tuff, two Jenny Lewis shows, a Cloud Nothings show, a War On Drugs show, a Panda Bear show, and still plenty more.
More details at Goldenvoice's website. Full schedule on the poster below...
The 2015 Primavera Sound Festival goes down in Barcelona, Spain from May 28 - 30. We knew The Strokes and recently reunited shoegazers Ride were playing and now the line-up is being announced via the festival's mobile app, which is a not-so fun 8-bit game you have to play to reveal names. The whole lineup is in the poster above and includes The Replacements, James Blake, Sleater-Kinney (who apparently are playing festivals after all) Patti Smith performing Horses, Spiritualized, Interpol, Antony & the Johnsons, OMD, Mineral, Brand New, Panda Bear, Run the Jewels, Sleaford Mods, Julian Casablancas + The Voidz, The Black Keys, New Pornographers, Jose Gonzalez, Shabazz Palaces, Kevin Morby, Ought, Disappears, Pharmakon, Baxter Dury, Death From Above 1979, Spiritualized, tUnE-yArDs, Twin Shadow, Swans, Iceage, the Juan MacLean, Dan Deacon, Viet Cong, Sun Kil Moon, Antony, Hiss Golden Messenger, Fucked Up, Kelela, Ariel Pink, Voivod, Electric Wizard, Mikal Cronin, alt-J, Sunn O))), the Thurston Moore Band, Underworld (performing dubnobasswithmyheadman), Pallbearer, Tobias Jesso Jr., American Football, Jon Hopkins, DIIV, Caribou, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, My Brightest Diamond, HEALTH, Babes in Toyland, Thee Oh Sees, Single Mothers, Ex Hex, Shellac and Twerps. Full line-up is below.