Fun Fun Fun Fest: Ride

“Leave Them All Behind” and they did

Ride only released four LPs before their 1996 split sent Mark Gardener toward a solo career and Andy Bell into Oasis, but the British quartet still stands as a seminal force in shoegaze.

Photo by Gary Miller

Last fall’s announcement of a reunion run, their first shows together in nearly 15 years, marked a capstone to the most recent genre revival spurred by My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive.

Opening their hour-long Fun Fun Fun Fest set with the 10-minute hypnotic roll of “Leave Them All Behind,” Ride struck a definitive statement for the band’s impact and influence. Bell’s swirling guitar and Gardener’s high, translucent vocals melted the chill of the November evening, fading into “Like a Daydream” with a whirring blur of noise.

Well polished following their string of European summer dates, “Polar Bear” and “Seagull” both unleashed a mind-numbing whirlwind behind Bell, who acknowledged the 25th anniversary of the songs from debut LP Nowhere. Gardener’s voice, meanwhile, continues to ring with a melancholy and distant yearning in the melodic “Kaleidoscope” and surging wash of “Dreams Burn Down.”

“Cool Your Boots” and “Black Nite Crash” both injected a more straightforward rock energy into the performance, while “Taste” and “Vapour Trail” winded back into the enveloping smooth rush of sound. Though the 11-song set left several anticipated tunes on the cutting room floor, closer “Drive Blind” shut it down spectacularly, dropping into a roar of distortion as the wind began to whip across the park.

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

READ MORE
More Ride
Levitation Q&A: Slowdive
Levitation Q&A: Slowdive
UK shoegazers lift off at Carson Creek Ranch on Friday

Neph Basedow, April 27, 2016

Fun Fun Fun Fest: Grifters
Grifters FFFF Review
The acrobatics of a drunk in God’s grace

Greg Beets, Nov. 9, 2015

More by Doug Freeman
New Austin Music Worth Your Bandwidth This Week
New Austin Music Worth Your Bandwidth This Week
What we’re listening to

Oct. 16, 2020

New Austin Music Worth Your Bandwidth This Week
New Austin Music Worth Your Bandwidth This Week
What we’re listening to

Oct. 9, 2020

KEYWORDS FOR THIS POST

Ride, Fun Fun Fun Fest 2015, Mark Gardener, Mark Bell, Oasis, My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

New recipes and food news delivered Mondays

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle