Shoegaze groundbreakers Ride have reunited and will tour next year. The U.K. band has announced ticket details on its website. The schedule includes headlining sets at Barcelona’s Primavera Sound and London’s Field Day, along with stops in New York and Toronto.
The sets will be heavy on the group’s best-known material, including 1990′s Nowhere and 1992′s Going Blank Again, singer/guitarist Mark Gardener has said. “There are some real mainstay ones we’ll definitely play at every show but we want to mix things up a bit too,” he told Drowned in Sound. “It’s nice to be in a position where we can throw things in, take some out and juggle everything around a little bit.”
Ride aren’t ruling out the possibility of new material, though probably not right away. “We’d be idiots to go out and play a new album, but that’s not to say we wouldn’t make new music,” Gardener told NME. He said that while “there are no plans as such” for a new album, he’s “sure there will be writing because that’s what undoubtedly happen when we rehearse.”
Ride formed in Oxford, England, in 1988. They released four studio albums and several EPs, breaking up after 1996′s Tarantula. Guitarist Andy Bell went on to play bass in Oasis and its splinter group Beady Eye. Laurence “Loz” Colbert is Ride’s drummer, and Steve Queralt is on bass.
Though Ride were understandably reluctant at the time to embrace the term “shoegazing,” they’re only the latest band from that ethereal, noise-drenched scene to reunite in recent years, following My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, Swervedriver and Medicine. See Douglas Wolk’s feature Behind the Shoes: A Brief History of Shoegaze.
Ride’s 2015 reunion tour dates are below, and scroll down for a selection of songs.
5-22 Glasgow, Scotland – Barrowland Ballroom
5-23 Manchester, England – Albert Hall
5-24 London, England – Roundhouse
5-26 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
5-27 Paris, France – Olympia
5-29 Barcelona, Spain – Primavera Sound Festival
6-2 Toronto, Ontario – DanForth Music Hall
6-4 New York, NY – Terminal 5
6-7 London, England – Field Day