by Bill Pearis

Beady Eye @ Live On Letterman, 2011 (more by Jessica Amaya)
Beady Eye

Beady Eye
formedOasis broke up
Andy Bell

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.

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...

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Ride - Chelsea Girl

Ride - Taste

Ride - Vapour Trail

Ride - Leave Them All Behind

Ride - Twisterella

Ride - Live at Brixton Academy, 1992