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“Without sounding too wanky about it, being in Ride was like having a conversation musically”


ide in the early 90’s were where it was AT if you were a teenage girl like me. Mark, Andy, Steve and Loz were four floppy haired


boys from Oxford, signed by Alan McGee to Creation records who created a whole new sound, known henceforth as Shoegaze. Teir first two albums knocked everything that we knew about British indie music right out of the park, but the onset of early Britpop led to the band’s sad demise. Ride are now back, 37 years after they first got together, and they’re coming back to play all their best songs for us here in Norwich. I had a chat with drummer Loz Colbert about being Ride being reunited and whether it feels so good.


When Ride first started what were you all into listening to and to what extent did those artists influence your sound? We were all passing round 4AD records, Mudhoney and My Bloody Valentine, absorbing each others influences. Steve brought in a dub reggae thing, I was really into the hip hop revolution of the time which was so much about beats, Mark was listening to Te Smiths a lot, Andy had a lifetime of listening to Te Beatles and we were all united on My Bloody Valentine as it touched on a lot of things we were all into. When we got together it surprised us as to how easily it came together; we didn’t talk about it much, we just got on with it. Without sounding too wanky about it, being in Ride was like having a conversation musically more than anything, and that carried until the end of the band. You were signed to Creation Records pretty early on after Jim Reid from the Jesus and Mary Chain brought you to the attention of Alan McGee. Signing to certain record labels back in the early 90’s meant that you would almost literally be ‘labelled’, so for example Creation acts or Heavenly acts would be grouped together. Tere was also the fact that these labels were really respected, so you gave new bands. Has that concept been lost now? Yeah, you’re absolutely bang on there. It was very much about personality and character, and it kind of centred around


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some slightly mysterious individual like Geoff Barrow or Alan McGee. Tere was also the culture of the label, for example, 4AD for us existed in another parallel universe; the artwork was incredible, so diverse and well chosen. At some point at least, the Jesus and Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine and Primal Scream had all gone through Creation Records, and they were who we were listening to and were influenced by. So of course when you see that Creation logo spinning round on the record you’ve made it starts to mean something to you. Your debut album Nowhere is often described as one the greatest indie albums of all time, and it’s now been out for 25 years. What do you think it was about that album and the early EP’s that people took to so heartily? I think it got noticed in the first place due to the jangly 60’s-style guitars from Andy and Mark’s vocal delivery, which was perfect for the time. What people call the Shoegaze movement emerged from noise, and we emerged with more of a psychedelic sound even though we loved our noise; we were a bit more colourful. When you listen to that album there’s a melodic aspect to it that captures the attention but there’s a lot of depth there from us as musicians as well even though we were just teenagers at the time. You went on to play drums with the Jesus and Mary Chain and Gaz Coombs


amongst others. What was it like going from playing with Ride to working with other bands, and then back to Ride? Were they easy transitions? Yeah, I suppose when you describe it like that it’s been perfect. I learnt how to play drums while I was in Ride! I wasn’t a perfect drummer on day one. We were all complete beginners when we started; by the time we finished I’d covered a lot of ground and worked with a lot of producers. Playing with other bands has made me more humble and means I’m more able to provide a skill and service and to try to get better at giving other people what they want. And that’s a great thing to bring back to your original band; I feel much more complete as a player and more able to give selflessly. How have the live shows gone so far? It’s been off the scale, as far as I’m concerned. We’re absolutely playing out of our skins, and we’ve never played as well as this. We were nervous at the start but as soon as we got going it was just so obvious that we’re just having it on stage. And it’s only going to get better as we go on; we’re having an absolute ball playing live again. Will there be a new Ride album? I think it’s the sort of thing that would make sense for us all to do at some point. When we got back together we were just focused on playing these shows as we didn’t know how it was going to go and was a bit daunting. But yeah, we’d really love to take it further.


Lizz Page


INFORMATION


Ride play UEA on 12th October. Tickets available from ueaticketbookings.co.uk


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