Ride Announce Reunion and 2015 World Tour
The shoegaze greats will play throughout Europe and one date in the U.S. next year
Following the successful and recent reunions of fellow ’90s stalwarts My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive, Oxford shoegazers Ride have decided to throw their hats back in the ring. The band announced last night that they will be reuniting for a series of gigs throughout Europe next May and June, culminating in a headlining gig at London’s Field Day festival. The group will make one brief detour to the States, playing at New York’s Terminal 5 on June 4.
While they never not quite received the critical adoration of MBV, Ride were among the most commercially successful artists of the shoegaze scene, even scoring a top-ten hit in their home country with 1992’s Who-aping epic, “Leave Them All Behind.” The four-piece’s first two full-length albums, Nowhere and Going Blank Again, stand as classics of the genre, and the series of separate EPs they released around the two albums are littered with B-side gems like “Today” and “Grasshopper.”
After a poorly received deviation into garage rock and Britpop with their two mid-’90s albums, 1994’s Carnival of Light and 1996’s Tarantula, the group split up over creative and personal differences, with members going on to form the groups Hurricane No. 1 and The Animalhouse. Guitarist Andy Bell spent some time as the bassist for Oasis, and spent several years as the guitarist for singer Liam Gallagher’s next band, the now-defunct Beady Eye. The Ride reunion will be the group’s first shows together since the ’90s.
Check out the complete tour dates below, along with a clips of a couple of their most enduring songs.
Ride tour dates:
May 5 – Glasgow, Scotland @ Barrowland Ballroom
May 23 – Manchester, England @ Albert Hall
May 24 – London, England @ Roundhouse
May 26 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso
May 27 – Paris, France @ Olympia
May 29 – Barcelona, Spain @ Primavera Sound Festival
June 2 – Toronto, Ontario @ DanForth Music Hall
June 4 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5
June 7 – London, England @ Field Day