Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

BACK IN DRIVING SEAT FOR ANOTHER RIDE TO A MANC MECCA ; Legendary 90s Band Ride Reform for a Series of Gigs and Hail Manchester as the City Which Inspired Them to Start Playing in the First Place

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

BACK IN DRIVING SEAT FOR ANOTHER RIDE TO A MANC MECCA ; Legendary 90s Band Ride Reform for a Series of Gigs and Hail Manchester as the City Which Inspired Them to Start Playing in the First Place

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F there hadn't been a Manchester music scene, there would be no Ride. It might Isound like an odd thing for a band from Oxford - hailed by the London music press a jewel in the south of England's crown during the 1990s shoegaze period - to say it was a city in the industrial north that shaped them.

But without The Smiths, Ride's convivial drummer Laurence 'Loz' Colbert says, they would never have been.

"Manchester's music scene has played a huge part in everything that Ride has ever done," he says.

"The one thing we didn't do was go baggy and do a dance crossover, but we followed everything the Happy Mondays did - and the Stone Roses: Oh, my God!

"The amount that we were fans of them doesn't bear thinking about!

"Joy Division. New Order. The Charlatans. Inspiral Carpets - the first gig we saw as a band was them at the Co-Op Hall in Oxford.

"Manchester can't be ignored; it's like our spiritual home, our musical reference point.

"Certainly not London; London's got nothing to do with Ride.

"New York, Manchester, Oxford: that's what inspired us."

Strange then that co-frontman Andy Bell would go on to join Oasis in 1999, four year after Ride's beautiful journey ended.

And as Loz remembers it, the band's career might have been short and sweet but it was almost perfectly formed.

Within weeks of getting together at the Oxfordshire School of Art & Design (the band completed by singer/ guitarist and 1990s indie pin up Mark Gardener and bassist Steve Queralt) they'd found the perfect sound.

Guided by the growth of bands who were abandoning the 1980s synth revolution and 1970s-style guitar histrionics in favour of violent feedback, distortion and droning melodies (see Dinosaur Jr, My Bloody Valentine), they looked for 'texture and layers' - a sound that soon became labelled shoegaze because the guitarists spent so much time looking at the their pedals manipulating the noise their guitars produced.

Three perfect EPs followed in 1990: Ride, Play and Fall - most of which would be collected together by their debut LP, Nowhere. …

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