Shoegazing legends Ride have shared their new single as well as revealing details of their forthcoming album, Getintothis’ Jamie Bowman has the lowdown.
This Is Not A Safe Place will be released August 16 via Wichita Recordings.
The Oxford four piece, who reformed to make 2017’s rapturously revived Weather Diaries album, have not wasted any time in getting back in the studio to record a follow up and have reunited with DJ and one half of psychedelic dance-rock act Beyond the Wizard’s Sleeve, Erol Alkan, who is on production duties.
Alkan’s work on Weather Diaries saw him push the seminal indie act in a more electronic direction but new single Future Love sees the band recapture the soaring melodies, chiming guitar and distinctive Transatlantic harmonies of early fan favourites like Taste and Twisterella.
Following the successful release and hectic touring schedule after Weather Diaries, the band apparently gathered influences from sources such as The Barbican’s Jean Michel Basquiat exhibition, and the post punk sound of The Fall and Sonic Youth, to make an album which they say contains echoes of their earliest days as a band, while bringing these elements into 2019.
The album itself came together in a matter of weeks at the end of 2018, and start of 2019 and in a further continuation of the retro vibe, it saw them reunite with sound engineer Alan Moulder, who is on mixing duties for his fourth Ride record, following Weather Diaries, Going Blank Again and their 1990 debut album Nowhere (whose iconic seascape artwork is echoed on the newly revealed cover of This Is Not A Safe Place).
The band will also be playing two huge shows with The Cure this summer in Dublin and Athens, and are about to embark on a South American tour.