Ride at Danforth Music Hall

With stage smoke and atmospheric lights setting the mood at Toronto’s Danforth Music Hall, the members of Ride sure knew how to make an entrance.

Indeed, the shoegaze veterans’ incredible back catalogue of stunning guitar feedback and ethereal melodies would not disappoint their eagerly waiting fans.

The elation was palpable as the original foursome including Andy Bell, Mark Gardner, Steve Queralt, and Laurence Colbert came out all waves and smiles. Kicking off their loud aural set was a new track entitled Jump Jet, which contained all the hallmarks of their classic cuts 30 years prior.

Their sound was robust, particularly from Andy Bell, whose intricate guitar leads would be hard to replicate by the best of them.

Later on, borrowing the famous drum pattern from The Beatles’ Tomorrow Never Knows Ride’s hypnotic Seagull perfectly fell in-sync with the already swirling guitar rush. Adding to the delicious chaos, the band’s harmonies injected the right amount of Byrd’s inspired pastiche to make the crowd dizzy with delight.

In fact, Mark and Andy shared vocal duties throughout the entire show, layering their radiant voices on almost all 19 songs played over the two-hour show.

Saving the best for last, Vapour Trail from their 1990 masterpiece Nowhere had every attendee belting out its infectious chorus amidst the equally unforgettable jingle-jangle of Bell’s Rickenbacker guitar.

Refreshingly for a band having reunited after years apart, they didn’t seem to rest entirely on past laurels. Quite the contrary, Ride’s beautiful noise was still moving, better than ever.

Myles Herod

Myles Herod

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