Ride Vinyl, CD & tapes by Ride at Norman Records
Formed in Oxford around the late eighties Ride were the pin-up boys of the shoegaze scene alongside My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive and Lush, fusing together the pop hooks of The Cure and Jesus And Mary Chain with US indie rock noise like Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Jr Ride gained an almost instant cult following with their first run of EPs on Alan McGee's Creation Records although it was their 1990 album Nowhere that propelled them into NME cover stars.
For most of 91-92 Mark, Andy, Loz and Steve toured constantly with bands like Mercury Rev, The Charlatans, Verve and even played with a very fresh faced Oasis in their early days, Their 1992 follow up to Nowhere was the gorgeous kitchen sink psychedelia of Going Blank Again. A slight departure from the ethereal wall of sound of their early material Going Blank Again had elements of soul, pop and blues but still had its toe dipped firmly in the shoegaze paddling pool, what followed was a troubled few years for the Thames Valley lads with Carnival Of Light dividing fans and critics with its Beatles/Stones pastiche and tensions between band members growing stronger they finally decided to part ways with the release of their farewell album Tarantula.
Fast forward to present day and a successful reunion has spawned a return to form with Weather Diaries and the Oxford four piece continue to play to their adoring fans worldwide.