The fact that Ride have decided to put out a new album is a welcome surprise:
Ride will release their first album in over 20 years in 2017.
After a brief reconciliation in 2001 for a live televised performance, Ride officially reunited in 2014, with guitarist Andy Bell telling NME at the time that: “As we were all still friends, we always thought when the time was right we’d [reform]. And now the time is right.”
The four-piece, who are considered to be pioneers of the shoegaze genre, last released a full-length record, ‘Tarantula’, back in March 1996. The band broke up later that year.
It now appears that the band are gearing up to release their first album in over 20 years. DJ Erol Alkan first broke the news – as well as revealing that he would be producing the forthcoming LP – on his Instagram account, posting an in-the-studio picture of the band recording with the caption “Currently in the studio with Ride producing their forthcoming album.”
As long as I'm on this sad parade of non-reunions, breakups and whatever, allow me to have a moment. I can still remember the week I picked up Tarantula. It was in some mallrat music store in Minneapolis. There, on the front, was a sticker proclaiming it the final album from the band, a kick in the ass that haunted the rest of the decade. There was the Live Light album, a thumb of the nose at the music business and one of those rare "legal" bootleg albums that sounded OK but could have done with some serious remastering and remixing.
Ride got me through the first few years of being in the Army and I have never taken them out of the rotation. I would encourage everyone to buy this album when it comes out and support the band as directly as possible. Buy things from their merchandise page and, if they come back out on the road, definitely go see them play live (why wouldn't they tour to support the new album, right?).
At some point, I was going to complain about not having a Stone Roses album to listen to, but you can't have everything.