Ride – Unfamiliar


Despite leaving us with 2 terrific albums (and a couple of reasonable ones) Ride have been lost to the ravages of time. The song writing team of Mark Gardener and Andy Bell was among the coolest and most prolific at the beginning of the nineties. Buried beneath a mass of hazy feedback and drenched in all encompassing chords were the gentlest of melodies. Together with Slowdive, Chapterhouse and early Boo Radleys they defined all that was good about Shoegaze. The relationship between Gardener and Bell eventually soured and neither has eclipsed the beauty that came out of their Ride days (Animalhouse…eeek, Oasis…burp). So if you are beginning your journey of discovery of this quartet from Oxford look no further than ‘Unfamiliar’ from the ‘Today’ EP. You see Ride were also adept at writing impressive b-sides and littered throughout their career was at least an albums worth of classic material that could only be found on their singles. Once you’ve absorbed ‘Unfamiliar’ head straight for their debut ‘Nowhere’ and the early EP’s ‘Play’ and ‘Fall’. Then bask in the glory of second generation Ride with ‘Going Blank Again’. What a true carnival of sound awaits your ears. KD

Ride – Unfamiliar

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Buy Album: [UK] Nowhere: Remastered [US] Nowhere
Year: 1991

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  1. Anonymous
    May 31, 2006
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    Cheers! For a couple of years Ride were IT in my world. Was lucky enough to have seen them twice (Nowhere and Going Blank tours.) Killer live band with a great look.

  2. June 1, 2006
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    nice choice…. i have great memories of seeing them play on the PLAY EP tour (fat sams, Dundee, Scotland). they BLEW the stage away. also remember, from that same night, seeing someone in a calvin and hobbes t-shirt dancing to ‘transmission’ on his own on the dance floor long before the band came on… i thought it was just about the coollest thing i had ever seen… he looked to be in his own world and loving it… or the drugs were working. not sure which.

  3. Anonymous
    June 3, 2006
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    Amazing remixes & cool baselines too.Brian

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