Ride Debut New Single “Monaco”

UK shoegaze legends, Ride have shared new single "Monaco," the track is off the band's forthcoming album Interplay, available March 29th
Ride Photo Credit: Cal McIntyre

UK shoegaze legends, Ride shre “Monaco,” a track off their forthcoming album, Interplay, available March 29th via Wichita Recordings / PIAS. The track follows singles “Peace Sign” and, most recently, “Last Frontier.” Produced by the band with Richie Kennedy (Interpol, The Murder Capital, Jehnny Beth) and mixed by Claudius Mittendorfer (Parquet Courts, Neon Indian, Johnny Marr).

Mark Gardner on “Monaco”:

“The backing track came from the earlier Ox4 Sound sessions we did and we gave it a demo name of ‘Monaco’ as we were naming these jams and ideas we were pulling together as place names. One evening, during the recording sessions at Ox4 Sound, the guys had all left the building and I was there with just producer Richie Kennedy and an engineer. I had been writing some words about how I was feeling that everybody was being smashed in the current economic climate with the rise of energy bills and all else; to the point that it just seems now that we’re having to live to work instead of working to live. The song is a reflection on this feeling of how we’re all being smashed to pieces and under pressure constantly financially. It’s a kind of call to arms against this whilst we still have strength to fight against it. ‘Monaco’ then stayed as the ironic title as the song is totally against the madness of the few who live in their artificial, detached rich bubbles in Monaco.”

Ride includes guitarist/vocalists Andy Bell and Mark Gardener, alongside drummer Laurence “Loz” Colbert and bassist Steve Queralt, Ride were formed in Oxford in 1988; four friends rooted in art-school aesthetics who combined 60s guitar-pop sensibilities with avalanches of noise and driving rhythms. It was a recalibration of indie-rock that would come to be defined as ‘shoegaze’ and with their seminal 1990 debut Nowhere came a run of critical and commercial success that eventually hit the skids in 1996, with intra-band turmoil prompting them to call it a day.

Wichita Recordings/PIAS

1. Peace Sign
2. Last Frontier
3. Light in a Quiet Room
4. Monaco
5. I Came to See the Wreck
6. Stay Free
7. Last Night I Came
8. Sunrise Chaser
9. Midnight Rider
10. Portland Rocks
11. Essaouira
12. Yesterday Is Just a Song

Ride 2024 Tour Dates

5/11 – Boston, MA @ Big Night Live
5/13 – Montreal, QB @ Theatre Fairmount
5/14 – Toronto, ON @ Concert Hall
5/15 – Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre
5/16 – Chicago, IL @ Metro
5/17 – Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line
5/19 – Denver, Colorado @ Gothic Theater
5/22 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
5/23 – Portland, OR @ Mission Theater
5/25 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox
9/2 – Belfast, UK @ Limelight
9/3 – Dublin, Ireland @ Olympia
9/4 – Cork, Ireland @ Cyprus Avenue
9/6 – Sheffield, UK @ Leadmill
9/7 – Newcastle, UK @ Boilershop
9/8 – Glasgow, UK @ SWG 3 TV Studio
9/10 – Liverpool, UK @ Invisible Wind Factory
9/12 – Leeds, UK @ Stylus
9/13 – Manchester, UK @ New Century
9/14 – Bristol, UK @ SWX
9/16 – Falmouth, UK @ Princess Pavilions
9/17 – Portsmouth, UK @ Guildhall
9/18 – Brighton, UK @ Chalk
9/20 – London, UK @ Roundhouse
9/21 – Wolverhampton, UK @ Wulfrun Halls
9/22 – Cambridge, UK @ Junction

Pre-order Interplay by Ride HERE


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