RIDE announce new album “This Is Not A Safe Place” and release single “Future Love”
April 23, 2019
Ride reveals details of their forthcoming album ‘This Is Not A Safe Place’, to be released on August 16th via Wichita Recordings.
‘This Is Not A Safe Place’ sees the rejuvenated Oxford four piece unite with revered DJ, producer, musical curator and remixer Erol Alkan, who was on production duties for 2017’s ‘Weather Diaries’. Rekindling that creative partnership has once again seen Ride push their sound forward, as hypnotic rhythms and washes of lush guitars come together with leftfield electronic influences. The combination creates a sound rich in their trademark shoegaze atmosphere, whilst simultaneously sounding fresh and creatively ambitious.
‘Future Love’ is the first song to be unveiled from ‘This Is Not A Safe Place’. An unguarded, gloriously optimistic song, ‘Future Love’ brings together many of Ride’s best loved elements. Layers of guitars’ chime and drone, as the Oxford quartet effortlessly meld shoegazing dynamics, melodic psychedelia with their distinctive Transatlantic harmonies. It’s a song steeped in the heady haze of the start of a relationship, when anything seems possible, and one that’s sure to strike a chord as the shimmering start of the summer comes into view.
Following the successful release and extensive touring schedule from ‘Weather Diaries’, the band gathered influences from sources such as the Jean Michel Basquiat exhibition at the Barbican, and the post punk sound of The Fall and Sonic Youth, to make an album which contains echoes of their earliest days as a band, whilst bringing these elements into 2019. ‘This Is Not A Safe Place’ came together in a matter of weeks at the end of 2018, and start of 2019, the sound of a band embracing their new found creativity and rejuvenated dynamic. The record also sees Ride re-unite with sound engineer Alan Moulder, on mixing duties for this fourth Ride record, following ‘Weather Diaries’, ‘Going Blank Again’ and their debut 1990 album ‘Nowhere’ (an album whose artwork is wonderfully echoed on the newly revealed cover of ‘This Is Not A Safe Place’).
One of the leading lights of the early 90’s shoegaze scene, Ride reformed in 2014, releasing their first album in over 20 years in 2017. ‘Weather Diaries’ was greeted by a raft of critical and commercial acclaim, reaching number 11 in the UK official album chart. It also saw Ride reunited with Wichita Recordings’ Dick Green and Mark Bowen, who worked with the band during their early years on Creation Records. Ride play London’s Moth Club tonight, a show that sold out in less than two minutes. They will also be playing two huge shows with The Cure this summer in Dublin in Athens, and are about to embark on a South American tour. Further Tour Dates in US, UK, Europe & Australia will be announced shortly.
‘This Is Not A Safe Place’; Tracklisting
02. Future Love
04. Kill Switch
05. Clouds of Saint Marie
06. Eternal Recurrence
07. 15 Minutes
08. Jump Jet
09. Dial Up
10. End Game
11. Shadows Behind the Sun
12. In This Room