Ride – Vapour Trail

File this under smouldering cool, a song so effervescent it could heat a small apartment. Ride were the quintessential shoegaze band and the leading lights in a small army of bands to emerge from Oxford in the early nineties. Their first 2 albums are essential while later albums struggled under the strain of disintegrating friendships. Mark Gardener had the ethereal vocals while Andy Bell coaxed wondrous emissions from his guitar. Too bad the latter has fallen into the laps of pub rock and too bad the former is constantly overlooked despite an impressive post-ride career. ‘Vapour Trail’ was absent from the original release of Ride’s debut ‘Nowhere’ but is essential in understanding the bands early giant steps. There are persistent rumours that Ride may be reforming (there is even an online petition!) and for once it seems like a scintillating prospect. KD

Ride – Vapour Trail

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More Info: Official & Myspace
Buy Album: [UK] Ox4 – The Best of Ride [US] Ox4 the Best of Ride (Bonus CD)
Year: 1990

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  1. March 29, 2007

    the name of the band is not catchy really :P, especially now with roumors between viacom and google, well after this war ending probably no one will hug any mp3:)

  2. March 29, 2007

    thanks for that link for the online petition – man that would be the coolest if Ride reformed!

  3. March 30, 2007

    Great stuff. i got their album ‘Nowhere’ a couple of months ago on CD cos I lost the vinyl years ago. I saw these lads play once or twice back in my indie youth. Brilliant.

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