It’s fair to say that when news came through of the possibility of a Ride reunion at Field Day HQ, it caused a bit of a stir. When we say a bit, we mean a lot, an awful lot. Ride are one of those bands that whether you are aware of them or not, after hearing them you cannot deny the influence they have had on music not just now, but in the years since they first split in the nineties. Their albums didn’t just go on to be hugely influential, they defined a sound, a time, a break away from the droll, hyperbolic music of the eighties. They provided a chink, and then a huge chasm of light for hope to pour in through. It was no longer them presiding over us, the wheels were set in motion to bring quality guitar music to the fore, not necessarily commercially at first, but the stir caused in the underground was enough to grow and grow into a tidal wave into the mid-nineties…and well, we all know what happened then.
A youthful four piece coming out of Oxford provided the shot in the arm that was desperately needed and over what was perhaps an achingly short period of time, Ride changed the tone, set the standard and paved the way for so many to come. Tracks like Chelsea Girl, Vapour Trail and Leave Them All Behind achieved in the short space of time what many bands around them had been yearning for years. News of their return has been greeted with suitable fervour, and we literally can’t wait to see the Andy, Mark, Loz and Steve taking to the stage to headline Field Day on 7th June.Listen