Sunday, July 31, 2011
A song a day: Ride - Leave them all behind
Make no mistake, I love My Bloody Valentine but when I first heard Loveless my brain couldn't really comprehend what I was hearing. Seriously, it was like watching a dog stand on its hind legs and start reciting the Shakespeare - the synapses did not fire and I was just totally confused. About a year later, I had a pretty solid crush on this goth girl (a crush it would remain) but she was the biggest (and probably the first Ride fan) I'd ever met. She even went to Brisbane to see them and bumped into them walking around the Queen Street Mall. They were bored waiting for soundcheck so they all decided to go to the movies - yes, it's true, goth crush girl went to the movies with Ride. However, through the exposure I received to Ride and other showgaze bands, it eventually led me back to and form a deep love for Loveless. Ride made similar sounds but in a pop context that my brain could understand at first flush. To me it almost seems laughable now that I couldn't understand MBV at that time but that's the truth of it. As such, Ride have played an important point in my musical education and as such, I pay tribute to them here. While my favourite record is the Today Forever ep, Leave Them All Behind is such an epic song - wall of sound guitars, gorgeous vocals and a momentum that makes 8 minutes(!) pass very quickly. And all the cute girls liked Ride, even if MBV were better...