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After 20 years without new material, British shoegaze band Ride shared a new song called “Charm Assault” just yesterday. They are back with a new track today called “Home Is A Feeling.” The song builds on the release of “Charm Assault” and adds to the band’s comeback momentum. In addition to “Home Is A Feeling,” Ride also announced today that they will be coming out with a full-length LP due this summer. Side by side, the two tracks demonstrate the band’s diversity, which will hopefully show up on the forthcoming album.
“Charm Assault” and “Home Is A Feeling” are both produced by legendary DJ and producer Erol Alkan. “Charm Assault” sees Ride with its classic driving drums and chiming guitar lines underpinning frontman Mark Gardener’s vocals. On the creation of the new song, guitarist Andy Bell says: “‘Charm Assault’ is a pretty straightforward expression of frustration and disgust at the people who currently run our country. The tour in 2015 was a good way of reminding us what we were good at in the first place and ‘Charm Assault’ feels like a natural continuation from our peak. When we started writing together again we tried to imagine we’d kept on making music all this time, and this was just the latest one.”
Their upcoming album, scheduled for release this summer via Wichita Recordings, sees the band reunited with label co-founders Dick Green and Mark Bowen, who they worked with during the band’s early years on Creation Records. It also brings the band back together with mixer Alan Moulder (Arctic Monkeys, Smashing Pumpkins, The Killers) who mixed their seminal 1990 album Nowhere and produced it’s follow up Going Blank Again.
The band had reformed in 2014, selling out various headline tours. Alongside the return of Ride, any fan of shoegaze should also be aware of genre beloveds Slowdive as well, which similarly reformed in 2014 and will soon be coming out with another LP.
Check out the new song below.