Ride to release first new album in over 20 years

The shoegaze quartet last released a full-length record back in March 1996

Ride will release their first album in over 20 years in 2017.

The four-piece, who are considered to be pioneers of the shoegaze genre, last released a full-length record, ‘Tarantula’, back in March 1996. The band broke up later that year.

After a brief reconciliation in 2001 for a live televised performance, Ride officially reunited in 2014, with guitarist Andy Bell telling NME at the time that: “As we were all still friends, we always thought when the time was right we’d [reform]. And now the time is right.”

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It now appears that the band are gearing up to release their first album in over 20 years. DJ Erol Alkan first broke the news – as well as revealing that he would be producing the forthcoming LP – on his Instagram account, posting an in-the-studio picture of the band recording with the caption “Currently in the studio with Ride producing their forthcoming album.”

Ride’s representatives have subsequently confirmed to NME that a new album is indeed in the works.

See Alkan’s post, as well as a picture from the band themselves, below.

Frontman Mark Gardener also told NME at the time of their 2014 return that: “People bought our records first time round, but our music has grown in significance since we’ve been away… We want to give the people what they want. We’d be idiots to go out and play a new album, but that’s not to say we wouldn’t make new music.”

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Ride have played a number of live dates since they reformed, and earlier this month addressed rumours that they were set to support Oasis during a potential reunion tour.

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