Ride: Nowhere (Creation)

Ride: Nowhere (Creation)

Some reunions seem inevitable from the minute a band splits up; others come along long after you’ve given up hope of them ever happening. Nineties indie-rockers Ride definitely belong in the latter camp. Nearly 20 years after an acrimonious split, their return has been 2015’s most pleasant surprise so far, and the early gigs have suggested that, while they were often accused of gazing at their shoes, their music continues to look at the stars. And never was that more true than on their classic 1990 debut, Nowhere, which showcases the beguiling mix of melody and noise that made them such a bright light amidst the dark musical days of the early Nineties. So while Taste has a tune a boyband would sell their hairwax for, Ride slather it in wave after wave of harmonies and spiky guitars. And the powerful yet sensitive likes of Vapour Trail and Dreams Burn Down will take you back to a day when indie bands cared enough about the music they were making to never take the obvious route. This may explain why Ride have returned after two decades in the wilderness seemingly bigger than they were the first time around. It certainly means that this is one reunion you definitely shouldn’t miss out on.

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