British shoegaze band Ride released their first new song in over 20 years, “Charm Assault.” Despite the song’s dreamy tone, singer Andy Bell said its eeriness reflects “a pretty straightforward expression of frustration and disgust at the people who currently run our country.”
“Charm Assault” opens with a barrage of downbeats before opening into an swift stream of intertwining guitars, rumbling drums and hazy vocals from Mark Gardener and Bell. DJ Erol Alkan produced the song and longtime collaborator Alan Moulder mixed it. Moulder previously worked on Ride’s seminal 1990 LP, Nowhere. The song will appear on Ride’s forthcoming record, which is expected to arrive this summer via Wichita Recordings. The as-yet-untitled LP will mark the group’s first since 1996’s Tarantula.
Ride announced their reunion in 2014, after the the break-up of Beady Eye, Bell’s project with Oasis’ Liam Gallagher (Bell previously played in Oasis as well). In February 2015, Bell and Gardener played an intimate acoustic set, after which the full band embarked on a world tour that featured several festival stops, including Coachella.