PHOTOS/TEXT BY JOHN BOYDSTON
One of my favorite early ’90s UK pop-gaze bands is back – been back for a while actually, and I’m guessing they’ve never sounded better, because they were amazing at this Atlanta performance. It was my first chance to hear them. Ride formed in Oxford 1988 and quickly became part of the shoegaze scene that I personally still can’t get enough of. They made some great records, found an audience and critical acclaim, but broke up in 1996. Andy Bell, Laurence Colbert, Mark Gardener, and Steve Queralt reformed in 2014 and have found an even bigger audience and are still making great records.
Ride is currently touring the US and circling the globe in support of their latest LP ‘This is Not a Safe Place’ on Wichita Recordings, and has found an even bigger audience since getting back together.
They broke out of the shoegaze mold a long ago by writing catchy songs, but keeping the pedals on overdrive. The result is a wall-of-sound guitar bliss. Check out the music and dates and all things Ride here. Photos of the Atlanta show are below.