Ride – English Rock Band
English rock band Ride was formed in Oxford by longtime school friends Andy Bell and Mark Gardener, their college classmate Laurence Colbert, and Steve Queralt, the singles buyer at their local Our Price record shop. Inspired by loud art rock bands like My Bloody Valentine, The House of Love, The Stone Roses, and Sonic Youth, Ride became synonymous with the nascent shoegaze scene, although they tried to avoid any sort of label. The band made their live debut in 1988 at a holiday party hosted by North Oxfordshire College, where Bell, Gardener, and Colbert attended school. After Jim Reid of The Jesus and Mary Chain heard a track from their demo, the band piqued the interest of former JAMC manager Alan McGee, who signed Ride to his Creation Records label after they toured alongside The Soup Dragons in 1989.
The band released three EPs in 1990, Ride, Play, and Fall, all of which placed in the UK chart's Top 75, which put Creation Records (and of course, the band) on the map. The first two EPs were released as Smile in the US; Fall was incorporated into their first LP, Nowhere, in fall of that year. The band gained further acclaim through an appearance on John Peel's show. Their sophomore LP, Going Blank Again, landed in 1992 and Carnival of Light followed in 1994. By then the stress of constant touring was beginning to appear in the way the band interacted with one another and they split while recording Tarantula (1996). In 2001, the former bandmates agreed to be interviewed for a documentary on Sonic Youth. They recorded new music, attracting major interest from fans, but didn't fully reunite until a 2015 appearance at Coachella. In 2017, Ride released their first new album in twenty-one years, Weather Diaries, and celebrated with a lengthy North American and European tour.Less