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Ride at Music Tastes Good 2017 9/30/17. Photo by Derrick K. Lee, Esq. (@Methodman13) for www.BlurredCulture.com.
Ride at Music Tastes Good 2017 9/30/17. Photo by Derrick K. Lee, Esq. (@Methodman13) for www.BlurredCulture.com.


Long Beach, CA- There is a shortlist of “lesser known” bands  that every music lover should have in their pocket. Bands whose influence or impact on a genre is grander than any influence some modern day teeny bopper group could ever have, but just weren’t able to endure due to intra-band tensions and other of life’s little speed bumps. One of those band is Ride. Don’t know who they are? You better start googling to get caught up.

Formed in 1988, Ride was know for their “massive sound and trembling distortion” to accentuate their simple and melodic lines to great effect. They were deemed the “last great hope of British rock”, but after releasing four albums in the early to mid-90s, the group disbanded and went their separate ways.

Ride at Music Tastes Good 2017 9/30/17. Setlist.But like Ween (who would take the stage following their performance), they reunited after a long separation (nearly two decades), touring since 2014, finally releasing their first album in 21 year (“Weather Diaries”) in 2017, and gloriously graced the Music Tastes Good main stage with their own wall of sound … a gloriously loud and pulverizing sound … which could have easily caused the waves in the ocean that lined the border of the festival grounds to change direction.

Ride’s music truly stands the test of time. Though most of those in the audience getting lost to their sonics were of a noticeably older demographic, I could see the awed look in the younger attendees eyes who were wondering, “Who are these guys, and where have they been all my life?”

Songs like “Drive Blind”, “Dreams Burn Down” , “Taste” and “Varpour Trail” gave the uninitiated a complete taste of what this band is, and why they were so heralded when they first broke into the scene. Biting guitars. Catchy melodies. Britpop at its finest. Psych rock at its most psychedelic. Playing their 8 minute magum opus (“Leave Them All Behind”) during the middle of their set was my favorite moment of their set, as the band’s intensity seemed to turn up to eleven, making the statement to all that this ride was going to be a good one.

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