Ride were formed in Oxfordshire, England, in 1988 by guitarist/vocalist Andy Bell, vocalist/guitarist Mark Gardener
, bassist Stephan Queralt, and drummer Loz Colbert when the group members were still in their late teens. The band soon earned a dedicated following through its blisteringly loud, intense live shows. Creation Records
signed the band in 1989 and the group released its self-titled debut EP later in the year. Not only did British music critics praise the Ride EP, but it climbed into the lower reaches of the U.K. charts.
Play, Ride's second EP, appeared in the spring of 1990 and it surpassed the success of its predecessor, entering the Top 40 upon its release. Ride continued to gain new fans and quickly became darlings of the U.K. press. Nowhere, the group's first album, was released at the end of the year and became a significant hit in England, peaking at number 14. The band's third EP, Fall, was released in the summer of 1991 and became a Top 20 hit in the U.K. Ride released their second album, Going Blank Again, in the spring of 1992. Going Blank Again was successful -- particularly in the U.K., where first single "Leave Them All Behind" went into the Top Ten -- but it didn't increase their audience dramatically.
That lack of a breakthrough success caused tensions within the band, especially between Bell and Gardener
. After completing a frustrating American tour, the band decided to take an extended break. It would be two years before Ride re-emerged with their third album, Carnival of Light, which represented a major shift toward conventional psychedelic rock and turned out to be a commercial misstep. Not only did their die-hard following dislike the record, but Ride failed to pick up a new batch of fans with their stylistic makeover. Wounded from a lack of sales and critical respect, the band moved to the studio in the summer of 1995 to record its fourth album, Tarantula.
Tensions between Bell and Gardener
escalated throughout the recording sessions, and after Tarantula was completed in August 1995, Gardener
left the band; Bell followed immediately afterward. Ride announced their disbandment in January of 1996. The album was released two months later. Bell subsequently formed Hurricane #1
and later joined Oasis
as the band's bassist. Gardener
and Colbert were in the short-lived Animalhouse. More prominently, Colbert played with the Jesus and Mary Chain
, while Gardener
performed as a solo artist and released an album in 2005, then spent the next decade collaborating with a variety of artists. In 2014, Ride announced that they had reunited and booked a monthlong world tour for the following year, including an appearance at the Primavera Sound festival. The band then returned in 2017 with its fifth album, Weather Diaries, Ride's first studio effort in 21 years. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi