Editor’s Note: It’s been a joy to watch the evolution of RIDE’s second chapter. What began a few years ago as a reunion and rekindling of the past has since morphed into a more normal sense of reality; the British shoegaze pioneers have quickly shaken off the “reformation” era and have eased into just being a regular band. Of course, nothing about the Oxford quartet has ever actually been “regular,” and comeback album Weather Diaries showcases RIDE’s impeccable knack for melding together windswept pop harmonies and blistering noise. Last night at Royale in Boston, the band were in fine-tuned form; Andy Bell and Mark Gardener traded off precise guitarwork and gentle vocals while drummer Loz Colbert (the true unsung hero of the shoegaze era) and bassist Steve Queralt held down the rhythmic beauty. There’s always a sense of gorgeous ease in which RIDE sling their wall of sound, and Vanyaland’s Eddy Leiva was up close to capture visuals from the show, including a few shots of Los Angeles-based openers Froth. Check out his full gallery below.

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