Back in the early 1990s, there was a joke in the UK music papers that referred to an imaginary indie band called Slowdriveride – an amalgam of some of the groups who made up the ‘shoegazing’ scene of that time. True, many were making swirly, ethereal guitar rock while shuffling about onstage, but the music of one band – Ride – literally soared above the rest.
After a couple of EPs for the then-maverick label, Creation, the teenage Oxfordshire foursome released their Nowhere album in winter 1990.
It had been a year of dramatic “releases”: Nelson Mandela was freed and Margaret Thatcher was booted out of government. So the mood of Nowhere, with its high-octane, driving guitars and emotional sweep, hit the spot dead on.