‘We beat Radiohead at football 25-4’: Ride’s Andy Bell | Pop and rock

Have you ever pretended to be the Erasure frontman to get a greater desk in a restaurant? TeeDubyaBee

No, however Andy and I’ve an excellent little friendship that is developed over Twitter after individuals began tagging the improper one. I’d tweet humorous replies, like “I want I had just a little respect …” A few years in the past I reached out to him for one thing which sadly he wasn’t capable of do, however he mentioned he’d be up for one thing and we’re speaking about working collectively. You learn it right here first.

In a 1997 interview with Japanese journal Crossbeat, you had been requested what Ride meant to you. You requested them to ask you 10 years later. Do you’ve gotten the reply now? nomorewater

Ride means an terrible lot to me. When I began, I used to be probably the most myself I’ve ever been aside from now, and I like to the touch base with that particular person. We fashioned simply after leaving college, it was a extremely thrilling time and I’m so grateful that we preserve being allowed to do it. Ride is the portal to who I’m.

Ride: (lr) Andy Bell, Laurence Colbert, Mark Gardener and Steve Queralt, photographed in Oxford in 1990. Photograph: Joe Dilworth/Avalon/Getty Images

Rumor has it that the Creation Records HQ in Hackney was some sort of loopy mix of pupil bedsit/messy workplace/bar/nightclub/crack den. Did you marvel what you had been letting your self in for? Timwthornton

When we signed they had been in Bethnal Green, in what Alan [McGee, the founder] referred to as the bunker, accessible through a form of sweatshop the place ladies with stitching machines had been making garments. Otherwise it was just about as described: studenty, messy, partitions lined in report sleeves and musicians hanging round. One of the primary instances I went in there was a celebration occurring and somebody from Primal Scream phoned to say that [producer] Andrew Weatherall needed them to play to a click on observe, and they went: “What’s a click on observe?” It will need to have labored as a result of the outcomes had been Loaded and Screamadelica. We’d signed after six gigs so I used to be like a child, watching this spectacle. Magic instances.

Did you discover the time period shoegaze offensive? stoneinatincan

I did not prefer it at the time as a result of it was of the best way it was used within the music press together with different snotty phrases. It will need to have been the identical to be German, in a band labeled Krautrock. A number of years later I used to be touring the US with Oasis and individuals would come up and say, “I like shoegaze.” So I’ve grown to simply accept it. It’s only a label now.

Liam Gallagher and Andy Bell on stage at an Oasis gig in 2007.
Liam Gallagher and Andy Bell on stage at an Oasis gig in 2007. Photograph: Diana Scrimgeour/Redferns

What was the primary pinch-yourself second whereasenjoying stay with Oasis? Jesse Andrews

Waiting to go on stage at Wembley. You’re listening to the thrill of the people who find themselves ready to listen to you, which feels sensible.

I at all times felt {that a} guitarist and songwriter of your expertise was wasted enjoying bass in Oasis. Did it ever really feel like that? ScorchTheBlueDragon

That’s impolite to bass gamers. Not at all. I realized a lot about music as a guitarist enjoying bass. The bassist and the drummer are the spine. I took it very severely. Plus, it was beautiful to be requested to hitch in with songwriting. My track Turn Up the Sun was the opening quantity for an entire tour. It even broke a barrier within the Manchester City stadium, when the gang rushed ahead. Luckily I do not assume anybody was injured badly.

The resurgence of the double album has been an sudden growth in 2022, with standout releases from your self, Beach House, Big Thief, Johnny Marr and Wilco. Are you a fan of the format and what is the story behind your double album, Flicker? VerulamiumParkRanger

Not forgetting Tim Burgess’s [Typical Music]. I simply assume there is a second in an artist’s life when solely a double album will do. 22 Dreams by Paul Weller would not work as a single album. They work greatest with numerous concise songs. Flicker has 18, definitive variations of half-finished concepts going again to the 90s, which I used to be capable of do in lockdown. I hope individuals recognize the reasoning and do not discover it too indulgent.

You’ve written many nice songs over the previous 30 years or so. Is there a specific one which by no means obtained the appreciation you felt it deserved? I like 1997 Hurricane #1 B-side Smoke Rings. VerulamiumParkRanger

Thank you. I’ve a humorous relationship with my very own songs in that my favorites are typically those different individuals like. Vapor Trail was by no means a single within the UK nevertheless it grew to become well-liked over time. You put issues out and see what comes again and I very a lot react to what comes again.

Bell and Mark Gardener of Ride drink beer with Robert Smith of the Cure in 1991.
Bell (left) and Mark Gardener (proper) of Ride speak to Robert Smith of the Cure in 1991. Photograph: Martyn Goodacre/Getty Images

You got here to the rescue of Oasis (and Gay Dad) after they had been wanting essential gamers, loaned prize guitars to Noel Gallagher and Gem Archer, and after Ride’s Going Blank Again present in London launched himself to everybody whereas DJing. In your profession, who has proven probably the most kindness and generosity to you? david99b

Robert Smith from the Cure. When Ride had been getting began, he used his affect to get us added to the invoice for a TV program referred to as Brits 91, so we acquired this wonderful prime-time publicity. Since then, he is requested us to assist the Cure, acquired us added to competition payments and he did an important remix of Vapor Trail. He’s at all times been there to encourage with a really giving spirit.

Apparently Ride used to confer with [1994 album] Carnival of Light as Carnival of Shite. Do you continue to really feel that approach or have you ever made your peace with it? europeanbychoice

Ride had been about loud guitars, submerged harmonies and thrilling drums – a wash of sound. By Carnival of Light and Tarantula, we picked off these parts till we had been left with a shoegaze band making an attempt to play basic rock, however I’ve made peace with it. It’s acquired numerous good tracks, like Moonlight Medicine and Birdman.

Tell us a Brian Jonestown Massacre story. ShermanMLight

In Stockholm as soon as I used to be watching from the facet of the stage when Anton [Newcombe] sacked the drummer through the gig. I drunkenly jumped up and began enjoying drums. He did not chuck me off, which was good of him. Before their gig in Oxford a couple of years again I discussed that I as soon as noticed Spacemen 3 enjoying in armchairs. Anton instantly went into overdrive. “Man, [Ride’s] Mark Gardener is coming to the gig tonight. I’m gonna get you guys armchairs and we’re gonna have the Ride reunion on stage.” Mark and I hadn’t spoken for years, and all of the sudden we had been sat in armchairs for the whole thing of their gig, asking one another: “How’s it going?”

Please inform us in regards to the notorious Ride vs Radiohead 5-a-side match Stuartyellow

I’m not a footballer, so I wasn’t in our group however we beat them 25-4 or one thing. You know, they may be enjoying stadiums all over the world, however ours was the actual victory [laughs].

You’re doing a DJ set however individuals aren’t actually feeling it. What 12-inch would you whip out to get the room shifting? stevehiggs

Synthesist 2048 by Monokompatibilit that includes Harald Grosskopf. It’s a correct 103bpm banger. If it is an indie evening, then Pixies’ Here Comes Your Man. I do not thoughts clearing the ground as a result of then you may outline what occurs. Get rid of the gang and carry ’em again slowly.

Andy Bell’s new solo EP, The Grounding Processis out now on Sonic Cathedral. Reissues of Ride’s basic early albums and EPs are additionally out now on Wichita

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