Boston has always been a town for anglophiles, and tonight, our city takes its love affair with UK rock and roll to another level as WFNX's Boston Accents world-premieres Nofuckingwhere, a 11-band tribute to RIDE'S landmark 1990 album, Nowhere. We'll play the whole thing in its entirety starting at 8pm, two days before its official release date of May 1, and if you're beyond Boston's 101.7 FM radio frequency, you can stream it online at wfnx.com.
Nofuckingwhere was curated by Jay Breitling of the award-winning Clicky Clicky music blog and features 11 Boston bands, including GUILLERMO SEXO, SOCCER MOM, THE HUSH NOW, SLOWDIM, BDRM EYES, and YOUNG ADULTS, all lending their own spin on Ride's shoegazing classics. Spoiler alert: ELDRIDGE RODRIGUEZ of the Beatings has the honor of taking on "Vapour Trail," considered by this writer, among others (hopefully), to be the greatest song of all time (ahem).
So yeah, tune in to WFNX tonight as I'll be joined in the studio by Breitling and Soccer Mom's William "Dreams Burn Down" Scales, discussing how the compilation came together, who is taking part, and why this astonishing record still holds up after 22 years.
And as a bonus, pick up the Phoenix this Thursday to read what Ride's own Mark Gardener has to say about the comp, and why Nowhere has created such an enduring legacy.
And though they are not on the Nofuckingwhere compilation, here's a clip of Endless Wave performing as Ride as the most-recent Pill Halloween show last October. If you listen closely, you can hear Christopher, WFNX program Director Paul Driscoll, and myself chanting along the closing cello part at the end of "Vapour Trail."
Boston <3's its shoegaze.