Few bands did more to revolutionize the alternative music scene more than Ride. Their contributions to Creation Records output were critical (you’re welcome, Mr. Shields) and their music was massive in England, the U.S. and the world. They were perhaps the best of the original “shoegaze” bands and their influence on rock music continues to be felt. Guitarist and singer Mark Gardener was one of the key songwriters of the band and he took some time out from his busy schedule to talk with us. With his current solo album, These Beautiful Ghosts and his production work, he continues to create compelling music.
TDOA: We did an interview with Alan McGee a few weeks ago where he waxed poetic about his love of Ride. Can you talk about your experiences with Alan and how he helped you?