Ride rolls into the Warfield -- and their thirteen most massive tunes

Posted by Eric Brightwell, April 13, 2015 10:42am | Post a Comment
I'm currently down in San Francisco (well, Richmond actually) to see Ride play. Ride, for those keeping score, were the best of a crop of bands known way back in the early 1990s as shoegazers. Like most British bands that survived into those dark years of the mid-1990s, when a collective craze for slow motion guitar solos and untucked shirts overcome white Britannia, Ride too went horribly wrong (i.e. Britpop) in the end before calling it a day in 1996. They only released one bad album (and it was awful) but then Andy Bell formed Hurricane #1, a truly horrendous (way) sub-Seahorses audition for Oasis. Bell went on to play in Oasis and then that other Liam Gallagher band who can't have been all bad as they covered World of Twist's "Sons of the Stage." 

Ride band

This is all a roundabout way of saying that the prospect of a Ride reunion made me, understandably I think, rather nervous. They released a clutch of fantastic EPs, three great albums, and only one steaming, stinker -- but it was their final album, and a direction Bell pursued with his following bands so would he insist that Tarantula haters like myself got it wrong and try to prove his point by subjecting audiences to "The Dawn Patrol" and "Starlight Motel" or worse, "Just Another Illusion"? All of my fears were put to rest when I listened to them play a short set on KCRW's "Morning Becomes Eclectic," which included five songs from their brilliant debut, Nowhere, and its equally classic follow-up, Going Blank Again. They sounded great. I meant to dust off my old Ride T-shirt with the mud stains and holes but perhaps wisely forgot (it's really holey).
Ride band

Shoegazers were sometimes criticized for hiding their lack of songs behind walls of feedback... but listening to "Morning Becomes Eclectic" for the first time in fifteen years as I waited for Ride to play I was treated to a barrage of forgettable, tuneless, garblers in Native American headdresses singing whoa-oh-oh-y car insurance jingles (or at least that's what it sounded like to me). You know, Coachellacore or the stuff that plays during Spotify ads when sensible users remove their earbuds. Ride, on the other hand, wrote some of the tightest (I'll never use that word again to describe music, I promise) melodies, sang the pretties harmonies, channeled The Byrds, Love, and Buffalo Springfield, and then added a healthy squall of guitar noise that make me wonder why all the "nu-gazers" are so bland and limp (...oh yeah, Slowdive). 
Ride played at Coachella the other night, apparently. They're playing at the Warfield tonight. They're playing in Pomona at the Fox Theater tomorrow. 

Fundraiser to Help Keep Moon Block Party Pomona Free, May 26

Posted by Amoebite, May 24, 2012 12:13pm | Post a Comment
Moon Block PartyMoon Block Party hosts several music festivals each year and they need help raising money to keep their June 23rd event FREE. You can help out by joining them at a fundraiser on Saturday, May 26 at the Fox Theater in Pomona, CA!

Moon Block Party Fundraiser

Saturday, May 26, 2012
5pm - 2am
$5 (all proceeds will help keep the June 23 event free)

Fox Theater (on the rooftop)
301 South Garey Avenue
Pomona, CA 91766

9pm: Screening of Desert Daze, a short film by Anthony Ferrara

Live performances by:
Blackfeet Braves
Runson Willis (of Blac Jesus)
Mysterious Everything
...more TBA

Live art by:
Katherin Bingley
Corina Corrina
Charlie Banowetz

View the Facebook Event for the fundraiser.

Each Moon Block party event is curated and organized by a collective of musicians and artists from Pomona who strive to gather and enliven people through honest, thought-provoking music and innovative works of art. Check out the June 23rd Moon Block Party:

Moon Block Party Flier