After breaking up in 1996, UK shoegaze gods Ride reunited to tour two years ago. They’ve lately been working on an album, their first in two decade, which they say will be “equal parts Motörhead And William Basinski.” And today, they’ve shared “Charm Assault,” their first new song in 20 years. The song has little of the seismic drift of some of their best music. Instead, it’s a remarkably concise and well-constructed rock song, one with a slightly off-kilter beat and a serious sense of melodic warmth to it. It’s a reminder, if we needed one, that Ride were never just people who shaped sounds in exquisite ways. They were a great rock band, too, and this is a great rock song. Listen to it and read what frontman Andy Bell says about it below, via Pitchfork.
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.
Ride’s new album is out this summer on Wichita.