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Ride: A Guide

Ira Robbins, trouserpress.com, 2007

INSPIRED BY THE Manchester rave scene, Oxford-to-London art-school quartet Ride – Mark Gardener (vocals/rhythm guitar), Andy Bell (vocals/lead guitar), Steve Queralt (bass) and Laurence 'Loz' Colbert (drums) – began in 1988, laying washes of noise guitar and ethereally reverbed vocals over shuffling dance beats. The tentative first EP leads off with an original entitled 'Chelsea Girl' and follows it with three similar long noise-pop creations, the best of which is 'Close My Eyes'.

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