RIDE - FOUR EPS[LIMITED WHITE VINYL+ DOWNLOAD]
All I Can See
Close My Eyes
Like A Daydream
Dreams Burn Down
Here and Now
Ahead of their ‘Nowhere' 30th anniversary UK tour starting 20th April, shoegaze legends Ride have announced the details of the reissues of their early classic albums via Wichita Recordings. These will be released on the 4th November and will include the first four EPs (Ride, Play, Fall, and Today Forever), plus their seminal 1990 debut ‘Nowhere', and feted 1992 album ‘Going Blank Again' from their days on Creation Records.
Entitled ‘4 EPs', the first four Ride EPs are compiled onto one record for the first time ever and packaged as a beautiful gatefold album on double white vinyl. This is accompanied by a 16 page booklet featuring archive photos and an essay by Sonic Cathedral's Nathaniel Cramp. ‘Nowhere' is reissued on blue vinyl, with a gatefold sleeve and embossed artwork. ‘Going Blank Again' is double orange vinyl and also has a gatefold sleeve. All the original audio has been reworked and refined, the reissues will also be available on cd from the 4th November.
Ride's co-frontman, guitarist and songwriter Andy Bell had the following to say about the imminent Nowhere 30 tour and reissues:
"We were really looking forward to getting out and touring the 30th anniversary of Nowhere back in 2020. Then the pandemic hit and delayed our plans, but here we are in 2022 and we are still buzzing about getting out on the road, if anything, more so than before. We feel that ‘Nowhere' is a debut album worth celebrating and as well as the tour we also have decided to start pressing new editions of the vinyl from the original Ride era, the first batch of which not only includes Nowhere but also Going Blank Again and an album we've created out of the first 4 EPs. This new album has given us a chance to create some new (but old school) Ride artwork, in conjunction with the team at Wichita, which we are pretty pleased with. To get this Nowhere themed period up and running, we have also created a live film of us performing the entire album, in as close a location as we could to the site of the original recording session at Blackwing studios.“
As mentioned by Andy above, Ride are also releasing a live film of their ‘Nowhere' set, created in collaboration with Moment House. Premiering on the 28th October, tickets are available now from momenthouse.com/ride.
The Nowhere tour dates are as follows, including a sold out show in the band's hometown of Oxford as well as London's The Roundhouse. Main support comes from bdrmm on all dates except the Bedford warm up show, where Lemondaze are opening:
One of the leading lights of the early 90's shoegaze scene, Ride reformed in 2014, releasing their first album in over 20 years in 2017. ‘Weather Diaries' was produced by Erol Alkan and greeted by a raft of critical and commercial acclaim, reaching number 11 in the UK album charts. It also saw Ride reunited with Wichita Records' Dick Green and Mark Bowen, who worked with the band during their early years on Creation Records.
Rides sixth studio album, ‘This Is Not A Safe Place', came together in a matter of weeks at the end of 2018, and start of 2019, the sound of a band embracing their new found creativity and rejuvenated dynamic. As well as working with Erol Alkan for a second time on production, their sixth record also saw Ride reunite with sound engineer Alan Moulder, who is on mixing duties for his fourth Ride record, following ‘Weather Diaries', ‘Going Blank Again' and their 1990 debut album ‘Nowhere' (an album whose iconic artwork is wonderfully echoed on the cover of ‘This Is Not A Safe Place'). This Is Not A Safe Place charted at UK #7 on release in August 2019, the bands highest chart position in 25 years.
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