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Ride (2015)

Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Rock/Talk, 3 October 2015

Andy Bell and Mark Gardener talk about why they've reunited; explore the nature of noise, abstraction and the blend of guitars; being back on tour, and singing songs written in their teens at 40. Oh, and they play, unplugged, a couple of tunes!

File format: mp3; file size: 38.2mb, interview length: 41' 11" sound quality: *****


In The Land of The Riding Sons: Ride: Boardwalk, Manchester

Review and Interview by Len Brown, New Musical Express, 10 March 1990

"TALLULAH GOSH and some bloke from Supertramp" — this is the grim musical history of Oxford according to Ride. ...

Ride: The Daydream Stampede

Interview by Chris Roberts, Melody Maker, 31 March 1990

Three months ago, no one had heard of Ride, yet now they're fast becoming the most sought-after band in Britain, providing positive proof that music ...

Ride: Nowhere (Creation)

Review by Chris Roberts, Melody Maker, 6 October 1990

BEFORE WE start, one thing: 'Dreams Burn Down', eh? What a stormer! Breathtaking, sickening, walls collapsing all around you and oh look the gazelles are ...

Ride: Graduating With Honours

Interview by Cathi Unsworth, Sounds, 22 December 1990

At the beginning of the year, RIDE were almost unheard of but a series of brilliant records and an old fashioned slog around the country has ...

Forever Now: Ride/Slowdive: Academy, Manchester

Live Review by Andrew Mueller, Melody Maker, 9 March 1991

RIDE, perhaps, are just too much. Too soon, too quick, too assured, too contemporary, too praised, too openly derivative to even be insulted by being ...

Ride: Riding The Crest Of A Wave

Interview by Cathi Unsworth, Sounds, 16 March 1991

After a year as top indie kids, RIDE have crossed into the mainstream and are now steaming into the Top 20 and selling-out all their gigs. ...

"Dream-Pop" Bands Define the Times in Britain

Report and Interview by Simon Reynolds, The New York Times, 1 December 1991

THIS YEAR, THE most popular phenomenon in British alternative rock is a wave of hazy neo-psychedelic guitar groups. ...

Ride: Sex And The Singles Band

Interview by Stuart Maconie, New Musical Express, 8 February 1992

They are the model '90s pop group; sensitive young men with floppy hair and languid tunes, displaying cherubic belligerence laced with existential angst. But surely ...

We Can Be Zeroes: Ride: Going Blank Again (Creation)

Review by Chris Roberts, Melody Maker, 29 February 1992

AND YOU THOUGHT Nowhere was one of the worst album titles of all time! You almost have to hand it to them for having the ...

Blank Re-Generation: Ride: Corn Exchange, Cambridge

Live Review by Dele Fadele, New Musical Express, 14 March 1992

YOU KNOW the future has arrived early when Ride make mincemeat of the whole sorry teen-pop equation. ...

Ride: Going Blank Again

Review by David Cavanagh, Select, April 1992

WHOO-EE. Really, you shouldn't have. As a gift to the world, Going Blank Again is a fully- fledged wow, a winner, a stunna, a glory ...

Ride: Going Blank Again

Review by Keith Cameron, Vox, April 1992

GROWING UP in public is the unhappy lot of any semi-competent British indie band and, as probably the most able floppy-fringed wan-faced contenders of the ...

Alan Moulder: Alan Be Praised!

Interview by Tom Doyle, Melody Maker, 18 April 1992

As the man behind Curve, Ride, the Valentines, JAMC and more, producer ALAN MOULDER doesn't seem to be able to put a button-pushing finger wrong. ...

Lush: Spooky (4AD/Reprise); Ride: Going Blank Again (Reprise)

Review by Jon Young, Musician, June 1992

VISIONARY ART or nouvelle junk food? Perfect masters of evocative soundscapes, Britain's Lush and Ride can create a mood quicker than you can dim the ...


Interview by Paul Lester, Rock CD, November 1992

BOYS AND GIRLS. Musos and teenies. Schoolkids and scholars. Indie-bods and bank clerks. At the start of 1992, Ride attracted them all.  ...

Ride: Garage, London

Live Review by Paul Moody, New Musical Express, 4 June 1994


Eight-legged Snooze Machine: Ride: Tarantula (Creation)

Review by Neil Kulkarni, Melody Maker, 9 March 1996

Who will mourn RIDE, now gone the way of all flesh? Not NEIL 'Bites Yer Legs' KULKARNI, that's for sure ...

Ride: A Guide

Guide by Ira Robbins,, 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' ...

Diamond Gazers: Shoegaze

Retrospective and Interview by Jude Rogers, The Guardian, 27 July 2007

AT THE START of summer 2007 a supple, shimmery thread started darning itself through a long line of euphoric-sounding albums. From Maps to Blonde Redhead, ...

Field Day: Victoria Park, London — an embarrassment of riches

Report by Dorian Lynskey, The Guardian, 8 June 2015

The festival market grows ever more crowded, but east London's clued-up shindig keeps getting it right, with FKA twigs, Patti Smith, Ride and many more ...


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