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Ride’s latest album Weather Diaries – their first for 21 years – is a welcome evolution of the band’s storm of melody, noise and songwriting savvy. Richard Purden speaks to guitarist Andy Bell about gigging, gear and his career…



Andy Bell with 12-string Rickenbacker 330/12 at Field Day in London in June 2015

Creation Records boss Alan McGee once suggested that “it took Primal Scream six years to become a genius band. Ride have managed it in six months”: and when the band fast-tracked themselves into the indie-guitarband movement at the end of the 80s spearheaded by The Stone Roses, My Bloody Valentine, Primal Scream, Sonic Youth, The Smiths and others, Ride’s Andy Bell was a new kind of guitar hero in an already vibrant and varied scene.

His success continued at the tail-end of the Brit-pop era with Hurricane #1, and he gave Oasis a vital shot in the arm by taking on the role of bassist and occasional songwriter for a decade, before a two-album stint with Beady Eye. Most recently, the rumblings that he was returning to “his first love” came to fruition when Ride announced a series live dates at the end of 2014.

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