Entries tagged with: Ride
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.
The above photo of an alleged 2015 Primavera Sound music festival lineup is making the rounds. It claims Aphex Twin, who announced a new EP today, will finally take the stage again along with an amazing list of performers. If it's fake, which it probably is, it's a great fake because artist count and "Sleafor Mods" typo aside, it's somewhat believable and would be awesome. Most awesome of all would be the part that says "Cocteau Twins" who broke up in 1997 and haven't been heard from again (though they almost reunited in 2005 but then cancelled it).
Curious, we reached out to Cocteau Twins bassist Simon Raymonde for an answer. We were hoping of course that he would come back and tell us it was true, or that he couldn't comment. We expected him to just flat out deny it. What we got was sort of none of that. Here's what he said:
Simon Raymonde to BrooklynVegan:Note that he hasn't actually denied it.... Fingers crossed!
Really? I'm in the studio producing an album with The Duke Spirit at the moment so not looking at my phone much I'm afraid so I've managed to avoid this particular rumour so far!
There can't be many more bands left to reform can there, so I guess we are ripe for these kinda spoofs? I recently freaked out when I got an alert from my Bandsintown app telling me "Talking Heads are playing soon". It was sadly just a poetry night with the band name as the subtitle for the evening's entertainment. Crushing disappointment. So I can only imagine the potential anxiety level for our lovely loyal fans who will always yearn for our reunion even though they all understand it is as unlikely as a veteran Michael Gira performing a nightly residency at The Aladdin in Las Vegas. (A few of us might pay to see that though!)
Meanwhile, Primavera Sound (which happens May 28-30 in Barcelona) has confirmed that both Ride and The Strokes will be playing. We'll have to wait for the official announcement to find out who else on that poster will really be there.
Simon Raymonde, who continues to run the label Bella Union that he co-founded with Robin Guthrie, released his own music as Snowbird in 2014.
Coachella 2015 happens April 10-12 and April 17-19 this year in Indio, CA. The lineup was just announced and includes AC/DC, Jack White, Drake, Ride, Drive Like Jehu (!), St. Vincent, Tame Impala, Interpol, Steely Dan, Belle & Sebastian, Brand New, Alabama Shakes, Alt-J, Azealia Banks, Flying Lotus, Bad Religion, SBTRKT, FKA twigs, Father John Misty, The War on Drugs, Ryan Adams, Lykke Li, Caribou, Raekwon & Ghostface Killah, Swans, Todd Terje, Action Bronson, Sylvan Esso, Vic Mensa, Cloud Nothings, Ab-Soul, Run the Jewels, Toro y Moi, Parquet Courts, Antemasque, Perfume Genius, Jenny Lewis, Desaparecidos, Mac Demarco, Built to Spill, Panda Bear, OFF!, Touche Amore, Joyce Manor, Sturgill Simpson, The Cribs, Angel Olsen, Philip Selway, Sloan and many more. Tickets will be sale soon.
Larger poster HERE. Full lineup below...
You may want to act quick -- it's their only US date announced and it looks like UK tickets went pretty fast.
Fans of '90s shoegaze may want to know the Swervedriver shows go on sale today at noon too.
by Bill Pearis
Ride in 2014
As mentioned, Ride's reunion (all four original members) is in full effect, with 2015 shows at Primavera Sound in Spain, NYC's Terminal 5 on June 4, and more. Tickets for the NYC show are currently on AmEx presale and go on sale to the general public at noon on Friday (11/21).
If this all seemed to happen fast -- Andy Bell's band Beady Eye announced their breakup (which seemed to precipitate things) less than a month ago -- it's actually been in the works for a while. Mark Gardener, who sang lead on songs like "Twisterella," "Kaleidescope" and "Chelsea Girl, sat down with Drowned in Sound for an extensive interview about reforming:
When The Stone Roses got back together I remember thinking maybe we should do it. For a good few years after we split in 1996 I thought that was it for Ride. I pretty much disbanded my entire live rig. I sold a couple of guitars to Andy actually. At that point I was solely concentrating on studio work such as production and mixing. I also love doing soundtrack work which I've gone on to do. But at the same time I've also missed that feeling of playing live. I've missed the guys. We've got on great for years. It feels like completely the right time to do this now. We're really buzzing about it. We want to do it but I also think a lot of people have demanded it in a way too. We are aware of that. Especially in this day and age with social media and stuff. I think you'd have to be living in a hole to not be aware of it!Gardener also said that Ride's setlist will mainly focus on early EPs and the first two albums, and there are no immediate plans to write new material, but they're not ruling it out.
Meanwhile, Ride have put up remastered versions of most of their videos on their YouTube page (including some that haven't been seen in a while). Refamiliarize yourself with them below...
Well that didn't take long. Earlier today, a Ride reunion was teased and now it's officially been announced that the legendary shoegazers will bless us with their first shows since their 1996 breakup in 2015! As speculated, they will in fact play Barcelona's Primavera Sound Festival (with The Strokes and more TBA) and they've also announced two North American dates so far, one of which is at NYC's Terminal 5 on June 4 (same place fellow reunited shoegazers Slowdive just played). Tickets will be on sale soon.
Check out the full list of reunion dates (via Pitchfork) and listen to Ride's classic 1990 debut Nowhere and 1992's sophomore LP Going Blank Again...
by Bill Pearis
When news broke that Beady Eye had called it quits (yes, it was sad), I pondered aloud if this closing door could be the opening of another leading to a Ride reunion. (Ride's Andy Bell played guitar for Beady Eye and bass for Oasis before that.) Still no official word, but Dangerous Minds points out that evidence to that possibility just appeared plastered across a building in Barcelona, Spain as you can see above. That photo was posted on Creation Records (the band's old UK label) facebook this morning. Barcelona, of course, is the home of the Primavera Sound festival where Ride's Creation Records labelmates and fellow '90s shoegazers Slowdive began their second act this year.
The only announced act so far for Primavera Sound 2015 is The Strokes.
by Bill Pearis
Beady Eye @ Live On Letterman, 2011 (more by Jessica Amaya)
Andy Bell (who played bass in Oasis and guitar in Beady Eye) also confirmed the split via Twitter:
Beady Eye are no longer. Thanks for all your support. LGx— Liam Gallagher (@liamgallagher) October 25, 2014
This has fueled speculation about a reconciliation between Liam Gallagher and his brother (and Oasis songwriter) Noel and the reformation of Oasis (perhaps the original lineup) but, more interestingly, this frees up Andy Bell who co-fronted Ride in the early '90s.
Thanks to all the Beady Eye fans. I had a blast. See you on the other side. Big Love Andy B X— Andy Bell (@Andybebop) October 25, 2014
Ride were one of the best of the original crop of UK shoegaze bands, bringing strong pop songwriting (and Byrds-y flourishes) to the din of guitars. Their first two albums, 1990's Nowhere and 1992's Going Blank Again, are essentials of the era. (1994's Carnival of Light dropped the effects pedals in favor if Britpop styles and is about half good; 1996's Tarantuala is best not talked about.) The band toured the US with Slowdive, whose tour just hit NYC's Terminal 5. There's probably no other shoegaze band from that era that would be more welcome back. Mark Gardner, the other singer-guitarist in Ride, toured the West Coast over the summer, and his sets included lots of Ride songs.
Beady Eye's other guitarist, Gem Archer, fronted Heavy Stereo in the mid-'90s whose 1996 album, Deja Voodoo, was released by Creation.
As for a Oasis reunion, Noel Gallagher just announced he'll release Chasing Yesterday, his new album with his band High Flying Birds, in March 2015.
Some Ride videos below...
The Dandy Warhols @ T5, June 2013 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
The Dandy Warhols will be touring this fall, including two shows at NYC's Music Hall of Williamsburg on September 19 & 20. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday (6/27) at noon, with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (6/25) at noon. But no need to wait that long, presale tickets are on sale right now through The Dandy Warhols website (you do need to register for access). All tour dates are listed below.
The final date on their tour is the headlining the Desert Stars Festival which goes down October 3 & 4 at Pappy & Harriet's in Pioneertwon, CA. Also playing are Little Barrie, '90s-era UK shoegazers The Telescopes, Mark Gardner of Ride, David J, Ringo Deathstarr and more. Tickets are on sale now and full lineup is below...
by Bill Pearis
OG '90s shoegazers Swervedriver have been back in action since 2008 or so. My first-ever post on BV was about them and when they played Music Hall of Williamsburg that year, I wrote:
"Swervedriver came out and just killed it. Like the last ten years never happened. Jaw-droppingly, why-aren't-you-still-a-band-and-making-records good. And maybe it's just the decade that's passed, but they almost seemed better than I remembered."As to the "why aren't you still making records" part, they now are. The band are currently recording their first album since 1998's 99th Dream. Today (12/9) they released their first new single in 15 years. It's called "Deep Wound" (you may have seen them play it on Fallon when they toured last year) and it's got the overdriven guitars and soaring melodies the band are known for. It's good. The cover art, above, looks like their early Creation EPs too. You can stream it -- and the "Dub Wound" b-side that was mixed by Ride's Mark Gardener (!) -- below.
by Bill Pearis
Eternal Summers at BVCMJ 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Roanoke, VA's Eternal Summers and Philly's Bleeding Rainbow are old pals, having released a split 7" back in both bands' early days and have toured together more than once. So it's probably no surprise that they put each other's new records on their respective 2012 Top 10 LP lists. As noted in A Place to Bury Strangers' list, the Bleeding Rainbow album, Yeah Right, doesn't actually come out till 2013 (though originally scheduled for October '12) but they've been selling it at their merch table for a month or so. You can check out a recently released single, "Waking Dream," from it below.
You can pick up a copy of Yeah Right, probably, when Bleeding Rainbow and Eternal Summers play Brooklyn Night Bazaar on Saturday (12/15) with Black Dice. The show is free and open to the public. The setup at Night Bazaar is different than last year, with vendors in both of the giant rooms, one with live music, crafts and food, the other with crafts, ping pong tables and more.
Eternal Summers' Correct Behavior is one of my favorite albums of the year and you should definitely check it out if you haven't yet. (It's on Spotify.) Eternal Summers will also open for Nada Surf at Bowery Ballroom on Friday (12/14) and tickets are still available for that show.
Eternal Summers and Bleeding Rainbow Top 10 lists are below along with the Bleeding Rainbow song stream.
BEAUTIFUL NOISE is an in-depth exploration of a music movement in the late 20th century, a fascinating period when some innovative musicians mixed guitar noise into conventional pop song structures while maintaining a philosophy of letting the music speak for itself.Legendary shoegaze/dream pop bands My Bloody Valentine, Cocteau Twins, and The Jesus and Mary Chain are subject of new documentary, Beautiful Noise, who have launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise enough money for the film to be distributed in film festivals and released on DVD/Blu-Ray (via Pitchfork). In addition to those three bands, the film will feature interviews with/appearances by members of other shoegaze pioneers like Ride, Slowdive, Lush, Curve, Swervedriver, Medicine, Pale Saints, and more, plus appearances by Wayne Coyne, Trent Reznor, Billy Corgan, and Robert Smith, and performance videos (and some interviews) with current bands like Sigur Ros, M83, A Place to Bury Strangers, Grouper, Serena Maneesh, and others. The Kickstarter campaign has reached just over $17,000 of its $75,000 goal as of this post, and is open until December 15. More info and rewards details at the documentary's Kickstarter project page.
Although many of the people interviewed are notoriously press shy they have opened up about their music and experiences from over 20 years ago; how they defied the rules and became sonic innovators that have inspired so many.
Currently the documentary is in the final stages for worldwide release, and we need your help to raise the $75,000 to pay for limited run licensing and finishing costs to distribute in Film Festivals and on DVD/Blu-Ray.
This documentary will finally be released only if the fans of this music believe in this project and contribute.
This comes shortly after the news that My Bloody Valentine plans to release an album by the end of the year.
Campaign video below...
by BrooklynVegan Mike
"There isn't any artistic integrity in just getting the band back together
and playing the old songs."
Neil Halstead, as a co-founder of Slowdive, was one of the architects of shoegazer, a genre that has seen a revival as of late with the reformation of My Bloody Valentine and Swervedriver. In 1995, most of Slowdive morphed into Mojave 3 and has since been making beautiful countrified dream-pop. Halstead also mellows things out more on his solo records. His sophomore release Oh! Mighty Engine dropped last week on Jack Johnson's label Brushfire Records. He is also currently on tour with Jack. (yeah, we know).
This Sunday he opens the third day of the All Points West festival in Jersey City - the same day Jack closes. You can also catch Neil one day earlier at the Surf Lodge in Montauk. We caught up with Neil after he opened the second day of the Osheaga Festival in Montreal on Monday. We discussed tour mate Jack Johnson, a Slowdive reunion, and the re-emergence of shoegazer.
You've played a lot of festivals in your twenty year career. How does it feel to open a festival?
Neil: It's a dubious honor, isn't it? [laughs]. I would trade in the honor for a few more people. But the people were really nice. Very sweet. We enjoyed it.
You've been opening for Jack Johnson on his tour. How has that been?...