by Angie Martin
photo by Andrew Ogilvy
Legendary British shoegaze rockers Ride make dreamy cinematic pop that has stood the test of time. Formed in 1988 with intermittent disbandment, the quartet were pioneers in defining the shoegaze genre. Though shoegaze made its heyday in the ‘90s, Ride is speeding up to challenge the popular notion that the genre is dead. Thirty years later and two decades in between album releases, Ride continues to have a hard time shaking their reputation as “the kings of shoegaze”. Their knack for fuzzy feedback loops that ricochet off distorted guitars has intensified with age, but not to a point that’s overwhelming. In fact, the rockers have increased the meticulous melodies in their signature sound, showing that growing older can unlock greater creative power. They are playing a short tour in the U.S. to reestablish the intense rawness their music exudes, so see these reclusive Brits while you can.