RIDE – ” Going Blank Again ” (Reissue)

Posted: April 27, 2022 in MUSIC

Ride have announced details of their upcoming reissues of their early catalogue. On November 4th, Wichita Records will release vinyl and CD reissues of 1990’s “Nowhere” and 1992’s “Going Blank Again“. Also out that day, and perhaps most exciting of all, is compilation “4 EPs”, that for the first time collects Ride’s first four EPs — “Ride, Play, Fall“, and “Today Forever” — onto one set.

All these reissues feature remastered audio, and Ride’s Andy Bell told us, “These are my favourite pressings ever of these albums. Creation was an amazing record label but they didn’t press on the greatest vinyl. I’d rather have one of these new ones than an original any day.”

The follow-up to “Nowhere”, “Going Blank Again” saw the Oxford quartet embrace their prog side. Lead single “Leave Them All Behind” was an eight minute FX-pedal onslaught that somehow managed to crack the top twenty and get them on TOTP. On the other hand, “Twisterella” and “Mouse Trap” proved they could strip away the noise in favour of concise three minute pop melodies. A career best.

Ride set themselves a tough task by having to follow up their excellent full-length debut, “Nowhere“, an album that still stands as one of the finest examples of Britain’s shoegazer movement. Fortunately, the band rose to the task. While not quite as immediately striking or hypnotic as “Nowhere”, “Going Blank Again” is a charmingly different kettle of fish. Of course, there is plenty of the band’s trademark epic sonic play, including oceans of layered guitars shot through with distortion and effects, shimmering psychedelic textures, and thumping bass and drums. But “Going Blank Again” is much brighter and more pop-oriented than its predecessor, with songs like ‘Twisterella’ and ‘Not Fazed’ making ample use of chiming guitar lines and catchy melodic hooks. While the dark-and-gloomy, drone-fixated shoe-gazer fans may disparage the record, Ride’s sophomore release shows the band building on their sound while polishing their popcraft.

Still to come are reissues of Ride’s final two original era albums: 1994’s “Carnival of Light” and 1996’s “Tarantula“. 

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