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better than Beady Eye, sure.
field day announcement tomorrow. I reckon Ride are going to be the headliners...
I'm sure most of its clientèle have never heard of them.
The kind of band that could only be a big deal at Primavera or ATP.
Saw Mark Gardener supporting Thurston Moore in Nottingham last week and he mentioned about the 25th Anniversary and that they might be doing something for that, which looks like it's definitely happening
but there were much better Shoegaze bands even at the time.
Well I'm excited, but I'm also old.
Would rather have them back than more Beady Eye
Fri 22 - Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow
Sat 23 - Albert Hall, Manchester
Sun 24 - Roundhouse, London
Tue 26 - Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Wed 27 - Olympia, Paris, France
Fri 29 - Primavera Sound Festival, Barcelona, Spain
Tue 2 - DanForth Music Hall, Toronto, Canada
Thu 4 - Terminal 5, New York, US
Sun 7 - Field Day festival, London
Field Day I can kind of see.
About £32 (inc fees). Not too bad really.
...even though I wasn't that big a fan at the time. Don't know what that says about my relationship with band reformations these days.
then i might sit and watch them. but I'd rather have Hurricane #1 back
or does the new publicity photo remind you of *that* Razorlight one where they look ridiculous?
...while the rest of them have all stayed in the music business. Just goes to show the toll that a rock and roll lifestyle can take on you.
wasn't a great idea. Why would you wear a hat? Anyone?
He don't have much of the ol' barnet left in fairness...
Unless they flew back for the Saturday, IDK
"We never played any of Tarantula live ever so 'Black Nite Crash' could be fun to do. There's a couple on Carnival Of Light that I really love as well."
I think he overestimates how little people give a shit about anything after Going Blank Again.
We got the first interview http://drownedinsound.com/in_depth/4148475-interview--dis-talks-reunions-with-rides-mark-gardener
Every other music site published the news at midnight.
Guessing 'online' had a different embargo to 'print'-with-'online'-websites
Bands from my youth that I'm not:
Got some, am going. Managed to avoid clicking the, "upgrade your Roundhouse tickets to a VIP Field Day mega pass for more cash" option too, so am pretty pleased.
but i'm happy enough with it. They'll no doubt announce a second date.
yeah they were far from a perfect band but when they got it right - today forever ep for instance - they were exceptional.
I was relistening to their stuff the other day. Enough has been said about Nowhere (though I think it's a bit overrated), but I'm somewhat surprised at Going Blank Again's reception. Beyond Leave Them All Behind and OX4, the band had clearly moved on from Shoegaze at that point; yet it's often lumped into the genre entirely. It's a good album, but somewhat unexiciting; Nowhere felt like it could've been refined a bit (or had less sloppy production), so it seemed like they could've mined that for at least one more album.
The idea of a shoegazer hammering the strings with his overdrive pedal turned up to 11, but wearing a fucking TRILBY, does not make me want to see Ride live again.
The hat ain't the biggest crime, though.
What they did after Going Blank Again, and what Bell did after Ride, are both worse than any hat crime.
it really is the post-GBA material (and career) that kills my enthusiasm for this. My Bloody Valentine at least went out on top and had the unfulfilled promise of an unreleased album (at the time) and though their post-Shoegaze career wasn't too impressive, Slowdive was pretty consistent otherwise.
Ride went out with two mediocre albums (and I would argue the otherwise good GBA's reputation lays solely on the shoulders of Leave Them All Behind) and continued with a career of really uninspired britpop up until like a month ago. I mean, it's not entirely fair to them as they seem to stand behind Tarantula and are interested in performing it live... but is anyone else?
A few knobservations...
They had to change stylistically after GBA. In the mid 1990s was probably a choice of either going ‘dance’ (Gardener) or ‘retro’ (Bell)
The main problem with Carnival is it took far too long.
By the time they’d finished fannying about with George Drakoulias and John Leckie, it was a soggy souffle
The earlier versions, some played live at the ‘Daytripper’ gigs in 1993, were infinitely better
They also picked the wrong songs – Let’s Get Lost and Don’t Let It Die / Since Then are far stronger than wet crap like ‘Magical Spring’ and ‘Crown of Creation’.
Ironically the ‘live in the studio’ approach they tried with Tarantula (though were probably forced to as no-one wanted to pay a producer) might have suited the Carnival songs better.
Having said all that, the massive flaw in the band (limited vocals / terrible lyrics) was also painfully exposed once they dropped the noise.
I have a soft spot for a few of those later songs, but a maximum of 2 per set – and certainly no ‘Birdman’.
Anyone want to defend them?
Also like others here, I'm a bit surprised at quite how well respected Going Blank Again seems to be - Leave Them All Behind is undeniable, but nothing else reaches those heights.
All about Nowhere and those early EPs for me, really hope the setlists do justice to what people want to hear. Potentially irrelevant here, but the Slowdive ones were pitch perfect.
if I'm honest, the Slowdive setlist felt a little too Greatest Hits for me. Granted, this is a somewhat silly criticism as I otherwise like all the tracks, but it's like all the big name tracks from each album, nothing slightly more obscure (but just as good).
Personally I would have liked a couple more from Just for a Day, but I reckon they covered all the bases really well
Ride were always a very songy band. Much more so than most of their "shoegaze" contemporaries, it's just that the layers of guitar fuzz drifted away, and the songs became the more important element to their sound, but at the same time the song writing also got worse.
So you had the EPs and Nowhere that were all scratchy and tremolo-y and the songs were really good, and there was an exciting but icy energy and they were great.
Then they dropped Leave Them All Behind and it was perfect, and notably long and went high in the charts and it was all very exciting. When GBA followed it just seemed like such a great record, still does. Was a much punchier production, but it was starting to be more about the songs, and less about the effects. But the songs were still great.
Then Carnival of Light came out, and all the interesting guitar sounds had gone, and they were trying to be a "proper band" and a bit 70's something Bell was obviously always into, and you know what, I like it, still listen to it, and think it is a fine, wet indie album.
Tarantula is mainly bad. They had fallen out, and Andy Bell wrote all but one of the songs (I think), and they had no song writing spark, so it is poor. BUT I like Black Nite Crash, and about three others, that are perfectly acceptable shuffly 90s indie songs, and I don't mind them at all.
So in short, they weren't ever MBV, or Slowdive. They were a straight up indie band that used similar guitar sounds on straighter moe accessible songs, that they then let fade away, and tried to be the Byrds or something, and weren't that bad it, but their audience didn't want them to be that band.
In the context of a reunion, of course it is all about the EPs, Nowhere and bits of GBA, but if they want to bung in two off CoL and one off Tarantula, then I am fine with it.
then I don't want you as my barrister.
I salute you for trying, though.
orangejuice called it: LTAB was the last decent thing they released. GBA is kept above water because of that song alone.