Ride Jan 2010

Ride recently reunited in Oxford for a chat with the local Nightshift magazine. Celebrating the 20th anniversary of their debut EP the band took some time to reflect on their early days in Oxford, signing to Creation and deny any responsibility for the bands that followed them from the city.

Here’s a section of the interview:

The big break, though, came with that tour support to The Soup Dragons, at the time pretty big favourites on the UK indie scene. Apart from exposing Ride to a national audience and national music press attention, it was here they met and formed a relationship with Alan McGee, head of Creation Records – home to many of Ride’s heroes and easily the coolest label around.
MARK: “I think Sean from the Soup Dragons asked us to support them and the link came through Dave and the Warners connection at that time. I remember feeling like we were blowing the Soup Dragons off the stage every night and this was also the time that Alan started coming to see us one night after another and talking to us after every concert. It was an amazing time.”
LOZ: “It was art college kids on tour, but with the usual touring antics, I suppose. Steve was so grown up he had something called a ‘girlfriend’. Andy and I would take photos, play tapes and often sketched in our sketchbooks; Mark seemed to be in a cosy state of preparation for impending stardom… it was all pleasantly odd.”
ANDY: “They let us use their gear, which was nice of them. So we were playing through Marshall Stacks instead of tiny little combo amps. We got our first national music press on that tour, in NME, Melody Maker, and Sounds. I remember that we played very loud!” Having Alan McGee as a fan must have been an incredible feeling.
ANDY: “In theory, we were aiming for 4AD because we felt that Creation was too obvious. But then, once there was an actual offer on the table from Creation we decided to take it. McGee seemed nice enough and was obviously mad on the band. But there was no relationship until later on.
We’d send Dave up with our recordings and sleeves and everything and he’d come back having got us what we wanted. Later on, McGee became one of my closest friends but that was after Ride finished.”
MARK: “Alan quickly became like family to me, and I still feel the same way about him now. He supported us in a big way and let us make the records that we wanted to make and from the sidelines also personally educated and turned me and all of us on to lots of other great music that had a big influence on us.”


To read the full interview click here (pdf file)

I was looking through my vinyl this morning when I noticed a record I forgot I even owned, it is a test pressing of the debut EP from Ride. Scribbled on the label of the 12″ is the date 12th Dec 1989, exactly twenty years ago today!

Although the record wasn’t released until january 1990 I felt the need to share this utterly trivial fact with you. So here are both of the tracks from side 1 of that single. Enjoy! Continue reading

From NME:

Super Furry Animals - Radiator

Super Furry Animals are set to play songs from their Creation back catalogue live in their home town of Cardiff on November 20.

The band will play the show, dubbed ‘Recreation’, at the Coal Exchange as part of the Soundtrack International Film and Music Festival, which takes place in the Welsh capital on November 18-22. Former Ride man Mark Gardner will also be on the bill.

A screening of the band’s frontman Gruff Rhys’ film ‘Separado!’ will take place as part of the festival. The film saw the singer/guitarist travel to south America to trace his ancestry.

Former Velvet Underground member John Cale will play a solo show as part of the event, also at the Coal Exchange on November 21. See Soundtrackfilmfestival.com for more information.

Super Furry Animals released three albums on Creation – ‘Fuzzy Logic’ (1996), ‘Radiator’ (1997) and ‘Guerrilla’ (1999).