Ride release their new song called “Charm Assault”

There is nothing quite like randomly checking Twitter and seeing that one of my favorite bands ever, like top 5 favorite, Ride, have released their first new song in 20 years! “Charm Assault“, which will be on the band’s new album due out this summer, is a very catchy song that I’m sure will have lots of people singing along when they play it live. I for one, cannot wait until they tour the U.S. again (unless I can somehow get to some of their shows in Europe).

Ride 2017 tour dates:

March 21, 2017 – Limelight, Belfast, UK
March 22, 2017 – Olympia Theatre, Dublin, Ireland
March 24, 2017 – BBC6 Music Festival, Glasgow
Jul 13–16, 2017 – Festival Internacional de Benicàssim

Review: Ride, The Besnard Lakes at The Paradise Rock Club in Boston 10-03-2015

Ride at the Paradise sign

This was a show I needed to go to for many reasons, one being a rough week at work, but it was also a good excuse to catch up with some friends from Providence and have some drinks. We met up at Limoo, which is located across the street from the Paradise. We chose this place based on the Yelp reviews were really good, but our experience there was pretty bad. This is one of the few times Yelp has failed me. Once we finished our food, we made our away across the street to the Paradise, where we were some of the first people inside. I started with a Goose Island Autumn Ale, which was really good and waited for The Besnard Lakes to go on.

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The Besnard Lakes

The Besnard Lakes, who I have previously seen at Austin Psych Fest, totally killed it with a mix of shoegaze and psych music. It looked a little cramped on the stage between 5 members of the band, their instruments, and Ride’s equipment already set up behind them.

Ride Drums

I went to the bar and ordered a Goose Island 312, which I’m pretty sure was from an old batch because it tasted terrible and nothing like the one I had at Lollapalooza a couple of months ago. I trashed it and went back to the Autumn Ale. There seemed to be a lot of time to kill in between the sets and the club was totally packed by the time Ride came out.

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Ride

Ride are my favorite band of the early 90’s shoegaze era. Of the 3 major players (My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, Ride), they were the ones I was hoping would reunite. There was a cool musical build up as Ride took to the stage and the crowd cheered very loudly. The band started by playing “Leave Them All Behind” and classics such as “Seagull” and “Vapour Trail”. They ended the main set with some long, crazy noise feedback during “Drive Blind”. The band came back for a two song encore where they finished up with “Today” and “Chelsea Girl”. The set was awesome and Marc Gardener and Andy Bell sounded great! I was kind of bummed that they didn’t play my favorite song which is “Nowhere”. Perhaps another time. Also, I expected the show to be a lot louder than it actually was, maybe that’s because the My Bloody Valentine show last year was just so incredibly loud.

While waiting near the stage after the show, one of the people breaking down the stage asked if I wanted the drumsticks, so yeah, of course I took them! These will go awesome in a frame with Ride’s vinyl re-release of the “Nowhere” album that I have already pre-ordered.

On our way out, the doorman for the Paradise Lounge part of the club asked if we wanted stay for the after party and that the bands would be there hanging out. How could you say no to that? We hung out there for a while, then the bands started to filter in and people got excited. I ended up getting my one of the drumsticks signed by Mark Gardener and it was the highlight of my year to actually meet him. I was unsuccessful in meeting the rest of the band and getting them all to sign them though.

We finally parted ways, and it was a long wait for the T, but I ended up chatting with a couple of people that were at the show as well. This was an amazing night of friends, music, and just a great time seeing one of my favorite bands ever. I hope Ride stay together and will definitely catch them again at some point in the future.

Ride reunite for a world tour!

The somewhat, but not really, cryptic image above was posted to Twitter earlier today. As it turns out, British shoegaze band Ride (and one of my top 5 personal favorite bands ever!) have finally reunited for a world tour next year!

Ride formed in 1988 and broke up in 1996, so this is kind of a big deal and for me, completes the My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive reunion trio. I’m going to try like hell to catch at least one of these dates, although it would be really awesome to be able to go to all of them if it were in any way possible.

Ride 2015 tour dates so far:

05-22 Glasgow, Scotland – Barrowland Ballroom
05-23 Manchester, England – Albert Hall
05-24 London, England – Roundhouse
05-26 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
05-27 Paris, France – Olympia
05-29 Barcelona, Spain – Primavera Sound Festival
06-02 Toronto, Ontario – DanForth Music Hall
06-04 New York, NY – Terminal 5
06-07 London, England – Field Day

90’s shoegazer band Chapterhouse reunites (temporarily), plays a few dates! (Updated)

04-12-2010 Update: The Toronto and Seattle shows have been cancelled. Here is the band’s statement:

It is with much regret that Chapterhouse have been forced to cancel their shows in Toronto and Seattle. The band have worked very hard to make the North American tour happen but the logistics of playing these two shows was putting the entire tour in jeopardy so the only workable option was to sacrifice them. We would like to apologise to everyone that has been inconvenienced by these cancellations but hope that you might have the opportunity to make it to one of the remaining shows in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles or San Francisco. The band were really looking forward to playing Toronto and Seattle and are very disappointed that this could not happen.

There were 4 great shoegaze bands from the late 80’s/early 90’s: My Bloody Valentine, Ride, Slowdive, and Chapterhouse. It’s time to get excited about the genre known as shoegaze again, even it’s just temporary! Chapterhouse have reunited and are doing a few shows. I’m kind of bummed that they won’t be in the Boston area and that I’ll miss the Seattle show by about a month. I can always hold out hope that Ride will reunite…sigh (unless of course, anyone in the Boston area wants to make the trip to Toronto or Brooklyn).

U.S. dates:

* 1st May- Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto (with Ulrich Schnauss) CANCELLED

3rd May – The Bell House, Brooklyn, NY (with Ulrich Schnauss)

5th May – Lincoln Hall, Chicago (with Ulrich Schnauss)

* 6th May – Tractor Tavern, Seattle (with Ulrich Schnauss) CANCELLED

7th May – Troubadour, LA (with Ulrich Schnauss)

8th May – Mezzanine, San Francisco (with Ulrich Schnauss)

The early 90’s were a great time for shoegaze music, the 2000’s, not so much. I tried to find some modern shoegaze bands that can capture the sound and essence of a My Bloody Valentine or Ride. It seems the genre for the most part, has died out. Bands like Asobi Seksu and Voyager One are trying, but there doesn’t seem to be any bands creating that big swirly wall of sound anymore. If you know of or are a band that has this kind of sound, please get in touch with me! I’d love to check them out.