New Sounds: Ride return with ‘Charm Assault’, the British band’s first new song in 20 years

Now that they’ve got all that “reunion touring” out of the way, RIDE are here with their first new song in more than 20 years. It’s called “Charm Assault,” and it was premiered Tuesday afternoon on BBC6.

On first listen, the glistening pop-minded track is a bit of a departure from the shoegazers’ familiar sound, though has tinges of their mid-’90s approach on final LP Tarantula. In fact it’s a bit similar to “Black Nite Crash”.

The jangly “Charm Assault” will be featured Ride’s forthcoming album, expected this summer on Wichita Recordings. The record was produced by Erol Alkan.

Andy Bell says the new song “is a pretty straightforward expression of frustration and disgust at the people who currently run our country. The tour in 2015 was a good way of reminding us what we were good at in the first place and ‘Charm Assault’ feels like a natural continuation from our peak. When we started writing together again we tried to imagine we’d kept on making music all this time, and this was just the latest one.”