UPDATE Monday 9:15 AM: Dates for Ride on tour here!
Here is the announcement for dates for Ride on tour with The Charlatans tour dates. These are US and Canada big city performances starting in six weeks:
- January 30 New York City
- January 31 Brooklyn
- February 2 Boston
- February 3 Montreal
- February 4 Toronto
- February 5 Detroit
- February 7 Chicago
- February 8 Madison
- February 9 Minneapolis
- February 11 Denver
- February 13 Vancouver
- February 14 Seattle
- February 15 Portland
- February 17 San Francisco
- February 18 Los Angeles
Here is the post to Ride’s Facebook page from an hour or so ago.
With Ride on tour in 2023, it’s all fair game so let’s get right to it.
And KEEP READING — we’ll explore some new, gazey bands on the scene who could join the tour.
Bands opening Ride tour dates right now
Melbourne’s Moaning Lisa are scheduled to open for Ride’s Australia dates. Moaning Lisa is pretty straightforward indie rock. Here is the opener on last year’s debut album, Something Like This But Not Like This. I haven’t spent much time with ML.
Here is the first single from Something Like This, “Something.”
Similarly, in Perth, Ride tour dates are getting support from local 5-piece The Deenys. The Deenys are living the dream, already opening for The Charlatans this year. They’re obscure enough that if you don’t narrow your search correctly it literally brings up a list of Denny’s restaurants in Perth.
If you want The Deenys, and not Denny’s, this is what they sound like.
Shoegazers WE WANT opening for Ride tour dates!
First, a quick reality check.
The shoegaze genre isn’t exactly producing dozens of breakout acts right now. We have some terrific, gothy bands this year like Just Mustard. But they’re not going to show up in Salt Lake City (please God please) or San Francisco supporting Ride and The Charlatans tour dates.
Here are a few up-and-comers and, by the way, WHO AM I MISSING? Would love to know.
Okay, can we get more serious for a moment? Hidden Bay Records’ Healees have been on my Best Of list all year.
I can still remember wandering around a grocery store this spring listening to their self-titled EP in June and wondering, how am the only person swooning over this gazey band?! Healees, based in Paris, are probably synched most closely with the Ride’s 1990 sound from Nowhere on the aching cut “The Garden.”
Also, have a listen to the blistering “Jaguarundi” from the same EP. What exactly is a Jaguarundi, anyway? You won’t care after listening to Healees‘ shimmering, 4 minute jam that would be an incredible introduction, just before Andy Bell and Mark Gardener take the stage.
Downward is admittedly a band I only discovered for the first time tonight. Tulsa, Oklahoma’s Downward is currently touring in support of their February Brass Tacks EP. Sometimes 90’s indie, at other times right in a gazey bullseye…”Ugly Bug” is about as perfect an opener for Ride as I can imagine — or maybe Catherine Wheel?!
In my experience, a lot of bands described as shoegaze are in actuality loud dream pop. Google “shoegaze” all you want, mostly you’re getting metal or dream pop.
LAUNDER falls in this gap. This year’s Happening is super but it’s not gazey at all, whatever you read. The working name of LA’s John Cudlip, LAUNDER is in the same shoegaze zipcode on “Intake,” but it’s pretty atypical of the rest of the dream pop album.
This is a really nice album, an agitated dream pop record. Check it out!
Hat tip to The Noise Made by People, who flagged LA’s Mo Dotti for me. Their March EP Guided Imagery falls somewhere between dream and gaze, and I have no dispute with where they land! I love to imagine a really crunchy, aggressive version of “Come on Music” before Ride hits the stage.
And here is “Loser Smile,” the opening track on Guided Imagery, with some My Bloody Valentine energy.
Ride on tour to promote re-release of Nowhere and Going Blank Again
It’s already been a year for Ride.
On November 4, Wichita Recordings re-issued 1990’s legendary Nowhere and 1992’s Going Blank Again, along with a collection of their first four EP’s. I only have the Today Forever EP, so I’ll be buying 4 EP’s at the band’s website. Next week, Ride begins an Australia and New Zealand tour celebrating the 30th anniversary of Nowhere:
- Nov 29 Adelaide, Australia
- Nov 30 Melbourne, Australia
- Dec 1 Sydney, Australia
- Dec 2 Woolloongabba, Australia
- Dec 4 Fremantle, Australia
- Dec 6 Auckland, New Zealand
- Dec 16 Athens, Greece
- Dec 18 Paris, France (Les Inrocks festival)
One way or the other, let’s get Ride to Salt Lake for the #goingblankagain30 tour — and a ten-minute version of “OX4” please!