As the sample from "Leave Them All Behind" started to echo through the room, I had butterflies. Memories of my youth came rushing back. The long rides to the city. Lining up to get a good spot in front of the stage. Waiting for autographs after the show, and buying t-shirts.
Could RIDE still be as good as they were 20 years ago? Would they sound the same? "YES." Throughout the night, they played with the same fervor we experienced as kids and their maturity has perfected their art.
RIDE's trademark sound, waves of guitar and distant melodies, was still intact. But the takeaway for me was their harmonies. When Andy Bell and Mark Gardener sing together, for instance, on "Leave Them All Behind" something magical happens. They create a new voice, and this sound defines RIDE.
Both singers harmonized on classics like "Kaleidoscope," "Seagull," "Polar Bear," and "OX4." "Twisterella," one of the most unheralded pop songs of the 90's, was pure bliss.
Of course they both sang separate as well. Mark Gardener gave us cold chills during "Dreams Burn Down," "In a Different Place," and an amazing version of "Taste."
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