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  • Writer's pictureMatt Levin


Happy 30th bday to RIDE's debut record, Nowhere, which was released on October 15th, 1990! It's a brilliant record that has more than stood the test of time. It has a timeless quality to it, and really stands out as one of great records of all time for me. The shoegaze label as always been attached to RIDE and Nowhere in particular. But for me, it's not about how much distortion, reverb, or white noise there is, but the greatness of the songwriting that makes Nowhere so special. Vapour Trail, Dreams Burn Down, Taste, and Seagull, are all classic tracks, really every track flows together, there isn't any filler or throw away tracks.

RIDE and Nowhere have always meant a lot to me personally. I discovered them when they first came out through my friend Gina Harp, who sadly passed away from Ovarian cancer in 2010. Through Gina I was able to film with RIDE in 1991 on their first U.S. tour, and then when they reformed in 2015, because of their amazing original manager, Dave, I was able to work on a project restoring and editing and old concert film of theirs, also from 1991, but was shot in London. The footage sat in film cans for almost 25 years, before it was digitized!

The resulting concert film I made appeared as a DVD on the Nowhere 25 Anniversary Box Set. For today's 30th Anni of Nowhere, I'm going to make the film available on my Vimeo site! I've always been very proud of this project. Although I didn't shoot it, it required a lot of work and focus. I was interviewed by the wonderful music critic, writer, and radio host, Elizabeth Klisiewicz, have a look if you're interested in the full story of my history with RIDE and the making of the concert film. MattRideInterview

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Dec 23, 2020

That was the tour they did with Slowdive, yes? Did you shoot any footage of the show at Harpo's in Victoria BC? Amazing show, totally blew our minds...

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