Fans didn’t have quite as long to wait to see Ride this time around, as we were lucky enough to catch them in June for the first time in over 20 years. Still, New Yorkers were anticipating these two nights at Irving Plaza – now that we’ve had another taste of Ride’s dreamy sounds, we’re reluctant to let it slip away.
We’d all heard that Ride was rehearsing more of their catalog to add to the fall repertoire, so fans were on pins and needles. New songs since the last tour included “Perfect Time”, “Here and Now” and “Today” to begin the encore. And while played once or twice on this tour, New York got to hear the gorgeous “Unfamiliar” for the first time.
The band was as full of energy as ever, despite playing to a mellow, stationary crowd. Ironic that Ride was once characterized as Shoegaze, when 20 years on we see Mark rocking out all over the stage. Oddly enough, the mellow crowd adopted a sedentary Shoegaze stance. It’s confounding that few in the audience danced to Ride’s supremely danceable music.
Those fortunate to make it to Monday’s show had the bonus of seeing Diiv. Their melodic, echoing riffs recall Joy Division, but add a more current, driving beat. All in all, a perfect bill, a “Perfect Time.” Set lists and photos below.
|September 21, 2015||September 22, 2015|
|Leave Them All Behind||Leave Them All Behind|
|Like a Daydream||Like a Daydream|
|Polar Bear||Polar Bear|
|OX4||Cool Your Boots|
|Chrome Waves||Here and Now|
|In a Different Place||In a Different Place|
|Black Nite Crash||Black Nite Crash|
|Time of Her Time||Time of Her Time|
|Dreams Burn Down||Dreams Burn Down|
|Vapour Trail||Vapour Trail|
|Drive Blind||Drive Blind|
|Mouse Trap||Mouse Trap|
|Chelsea Girl||Chelsea Girl|