Ride @ The Crystal Ballroom
Written by Joshua Justice on November 9, 2015
If you ask a shoegaze afficianado who “the greats” of the genre are you’re likely to get one of three answers: My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive or Ride. While much has been said about the first two, Ride is sort of the younger, cooler brother. The band’s debut album, Nowhere, came out on Creation Records in 1990 to critical acclaim. Even today the album appears on “best of” lists from publications like Pitchfork Media, NME and Spin. The band claims My Bloody Valentine as an influence, but they aren’t just another clone. There’s a certain pop sensibility that permeates their music which they only refined on subsequent releases.
Unfortunately, tensions between the band reached a head after the release of Tarantula in 1995. They called it quits the next year with members joining various project with Andy Bell joining Oasis. This may have been the end of the story, but in late 2014 the band reunited for a series of tour dates coming on the tail of a slew of other shoegazer reunions (Slowdive, for instance). They’ll be blowing minds (and possibly eardrums) this Sunday, November 15th at Portland’s Crystal Ballroom. Doors are at 7pm and tickets are available here.