September 23: Ride @ Crystal Ballroom | Shoegazing, Alternative Pop/Rock

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September 23, 2017
7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show | $30 ADV, $35 Doors | All Ages

Crystal Ballroom
1332 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209

After more than a decade apart, British shoegaze pioneers Ride are reuniting in 2015 for a highly anticipated world tour. Over the years Ride has turned out jangly Britpop, guitar-drenched shoegaze, and shimmering dream pop, and all of it will be on full display at their career-spanning reunion gigs. Whether they’re inspiring sing-alongs with the anthemic “la-la-la-la-la” chorus of “Vapour Trail” or blowing minds with the psychedelic guitar swirl of “Leave Them All Behind”, Ride will leave no stone unturned as they mine their catalog to uncover every last nostalgic ’90s nugget ticket buyers could ever dream of.

Ride was formed in 1988 by a group of art students in Banbury, England who were inspired to form a band after attending a Smiths concert. The group cut their teeth playing college parties and local venues, and in 1989 their demos attracted the attention of legendary British noise pop band The Jesus and Mary Chain. Ride signed to Create Records — the label run by Mary Chain’s manager Alan McGee — and in 1990 they released their first three EPs Ride, Play, and Fall. All three records cracked the Top 75 in the UK, paving the way for their 1990 debut album Nowhere, a critical and commercial success that established them as frontrunners of the nascent shoegaze genre they helped pioneer. After extensive international touring the band returned to the UK and scored a huge hit with the song “Leave Them All Behind”, and in 1992 their sophomore album Again peaked at No. 5 on the UK Albums Chart. Their next two albums Carnival of Light (1994) and Tarantula (1996) achieved similar success, but by 1996 internal tensions had pushed the band apart. Barring a brief reunion in 2001, Ride remained on hiatus throughout the ’00s. They thrilled fans in 2015 with news that they’d be reuniting for a string of shows including high profile festival appearances at Coachella, Primavera Sound, and Field Day.