Gig review: Ride, SWG3 Glasgow – 4th December 2020

Ride review

Hearing Ride’s seminal tune ‘Leave Them All Behind’ as a fresh-faced late teen made a big impression on me. A sound teeming with psychedelia, indie and the style that became known as shoegaze was a heady mix. Back together after 21 long years, with two fantastic albums in the last two years, I was filled me with anticipatory glee for their return.

 

Coming onstage to the stomp of opening track ‘R.I.D.E.’ from new album This Is Not A Safe Place, the band then launch into two cuts from the album, with ‘Jump Jet’ especially impressive with its crystalline purity. My nostalgia was complete with a note perfect ‘Leave Them All Behind’, the sound perfectly balanced. The set consisted mainly of songs from the last two albums, and no one was complaining, conveying the strength of these tunes.

 

Musically the band are tight, and those signature vocal harmonies between Andy Bell and Mark Gardner sore just as beautifully live as on record. Bell has always been a guitarist I’ve admired, and to see him live immediately propelled him much higher in my estimation. Alternating abrasive post punk attack, melodic tonally rich lead lines and psychedelic wall of soundery; it was a shame he wasted his talents playing bass on early Noughties Oasis records.

 

With closer ‘Seagull’ the opening track from their debut album Nowhere extending with epilepsy-inducing strobe lights, the crowd became more and more animated, witnessing a rejuvenated band at the height of their powers.


Follow us on Twitter for more interviews, reviews, competitions, and news.


Read the May 2021 issue of SNACK magazine on your tablet, mobile, or pc.

You May Also Like

Interview: Sean Focus – Incase I Don’t Dream

SNACK caught up with Sean Focus to discuss his latest album Incase I Don’t ...

Album review: ‘Nights to Forget’ by Martha Ffion

There’s no confusing Mount Florida with Orlando, Florida. But the hazy Glasgow summer of ...

Review: Neil Young – Return to Greendale

Neil Young’s Performance Archives series has treated fans to such wonders as the legendary ...

man of moon remix album

Man of Moon release latest in remix series and announce rescheduled gig dates.

SNACK favourites Man of Moon have released the latest of their special remixes, and ...

Music interview: Man of Moon, Chemicals – the remixes EP

Man of Moon sound like they’ve been busy with their lockdown, pulling together a ...

Interview: SUUNS talk about their new EP, FICTION

Montreal based SUUNS (pronounced Soons) new EP, FICTION, sees the band looking back in ...

Album Review: Mogwai – As the Love Continues

In a fractured and failing world, it’s important to find consistency and quality. 25 ...

Single review: Dead Pony ‘Sharp Tongues’

If you’re going to call a song ‘Sharp Tongues’, you better deliver nasty barbs ...

Album review: Fair Mothers – In Monochrome

An awakening, a searing clarity, epiphany – for Kevin Allan, aka Fair Mothers, these ...

Get SNACK magazine in your inbox. Free

 

Keep up to date with all the gigs, events, and news coming out of lockdown.