Track: Ride serve up another tasty morsel with a trip to ‘Monaco’ ahead of album release and tour

Feature Photograph: Cal McIntyre

The anticipation to Ride‘s new album ‘Interplay’ is reaching heady proportions with the drip feed of brilliant singles leading up to its release on March 29 via Wichita and PIAS. Next in line is ‘Monaco’ – another indication of Ride’s inherent pop sensibilities and a move to something more motorik and synth based. I’m sure there is an unconscious nod in the title to the band of the same time fronted by Peter Hook, because the style and approach of this new track draws on some of the New Order arrows in the quiver to affix to the bow.

Frontman Mark Gardener’s powerful lyrics are matched by an icy, throbbing synth rock intensity that reflects the urgency of their subject, as he explains:

The backing track came from the earlier Ox4 Sound sessions we did and we gave it a demo name of ‘Monaco’ as we were naming these jams and ideas we were pulling together as place names. One evening, during the recording sessions at Ox4 Sound, the guys had all left the building and I was there with just producer Richie Kennedy and an engineer. I had been writing some words about how I was feeling that everybody was being smashed in the current economic climate with the rise of energy bills and all else; to the point that it just seems now that we’re having to live to work instead of working to live.

The song is a reflection on this feeling of how we’re all being smashed to pieces and under pressure constantly financially. It’s a kind of call to arms against this whilst we still have strength to fight against it. ‘Monaco’ then stayed as the ironic title as the song is totally against the madness of the few who live in their artificial, detached rich bubbles in Monaco.

As ever, passionate and articulate, this confirms the new album will be something of a statement – they are producing so far some of the best singles of their career. And that’s a strong endorsement.

You can pre-order the album here.

Catch Ride on the road in the coming months:

Tickets available here

Mon 02 Sep 2024 – UK – Belfast – The Limelight

Tue 03 Sep 2024 – Ireland – Dublin – 3Olympia

Wed 04 Sep 2024 – Ireland – Cork – Cyprus Avenue

Fri 06 Sep 2024 – UK – Sheffield – The Leadmill

Sat 07 Sep 2024 – UK – Newcastle – Boiler Shop

Sun 08 Sep 2024 – UK – Glasgow – TV Studio, SWG3

Tue 10 Sep 2024 – UK – Liverpool – Furnace

Thu 12 Sep 2024 – UK – Leeds – Leeds Beckett University SU

Fri 13 Sep 2024 – UK – Manchester – New Century

Sat 14 Sep 2024 – UK – Bristol – SWX

Mon 16 Sep 2024 – UK – Falmouth – Princess Pavilion

Tue 17 Sep 2024 – UK – Portsmouth – Guildhall

Wed 18 Sep 2024 – UK – Brighton – Chalk

Fri 20 Sep 2024 – UK – London – Roundhouse

Sat 21 Sep 2024 – UK – Wolverhampton – The Wulfrun at The Halls

Sun 22 Sep 2024 – UK – Cambridge – Junction

Ride North America Tour Dates

Weds 08 May 2024 – USA – Portsmouth – 3S Artspace

Thurs 09 May 20224 – USA – Amherst – The Drake

Sat 11 May 2024 – USA – Boston – Big night live

Mon 13 May 2024 – Canada – Montreal – Théâtre Fairmount

Tues 14 May 2024 – Canada – Toronto – The Concert Hall

Weds 15 May 2024 – USA – Detroit – Majestic Theatre

Thurs 16 May 2024 – USA – Chicago – Metro

Fri 17 May 2024 – USA – Minneapolis – Fine Line

Sun 19 May 2024 – USA – Englewood – Gothic Theatre

Weds 22 May 2024 – USA – Vancouver – Commodore Ballroom

Thurs 23 May 2024 – USA – Portland – McMenamin’s Mission Theater

Sat 25 May 2024 – USA – Seattle – Showbox at The Market

Feature Photograph: Cal McIntyre

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1 Comment

  1. March 15, 2024

    “This is not a safe place” is a fantastic album, i can’t wait for the new one

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