This weekend is a very big weekend for Poland residents, as British shoegaze legends RIDE play the country’s major OFFfest at midnight on Saturday, preceeded by Polish band Wilga at 4pm Friday. Both bands are part Pure Phase Ensemble 4, a very exciting project involving Mark Gardener of RIDE, Ray Dickaty (ex Spiritualized) and a handpicked group of musicians from Poland’s top indie groups.
Saturday August 8 is the official RELEASE for their LP Live at Spacefest!, which is the result of intensive week-long collaboration between these artists surrounding SpaceFest. Mark Gardener will be joining his fellow bandmates for the release event at the Nasiano Records booth at OFFfest. Pure Phase Ensemble has previously featured Laetitia Sadier (Stereolab), Chris Olley (Six By Seven), Steve Hewitt (ex Placebo), and Jaime Harding (Marion).
During the latest SpaceFest, Mark Gardener, the frontman of celebrated shoegaze pioneers RIDE who also recently released an LP with Robin Guthrie (Cocteau Twins), occupied this seat of honour. Past participants include Laetitia Sadier (Stereolab), Chris Olley (Six By Seven), Steve Hewitt (ex Placebo), and Jaime Harding (Marion).
“For me, this it interesting – it’s perfect because it reminds me in some ways of how some of the early Ride songs came together… I didn’t come in with a script, nor does Ray. There is no pre-work on this. It was just completely spontaneous,” explains Mark Gardener. “Sometimes music like that is good before things get thought about too much and worked on too much. That can kill the energy sometimes. Of course some things have got to be worked and developed, but in this scenario, with such little time and to get an interesting set together, I think it’s been good to keep it fresh and not over-worked.”
2. Morning Rise* 08:03
3. Notatki** 15:47
4. Zostan na noc*** 09:12
5. Peter Song* 05:41
6. Doing My Head In*** 03:32
7. Happy Dancing Woman*** 08:37
TOTAL TIME: 55:01 minutes
Lyrics: *Mark Gardener **Karol Schwarz ***Michal Pydo
Mark Gardener (Musical Director, Ride) – voice, guitar
Ray Dickaty (Musical Director) – saxophone, flute, korg monotribe
Jacek Rezner (Wilga) – drums
Kamil Hordyniec (Wilga) – bass
Michal Pydo (Hatifnats) – voice, guitar
Michal ‘Kostek’ Stolc (Cisza nocna) – synths, backing vocals
Karol Schwarz (KSAS) – guitar, voice, Korg monotribe, phase
Recorded by Tomek Wojakowski at Klub Zak, Gdansk
Mix, production, mastering: Karol Schwarz
Project supervision: Anna Szynwelska
Photos: Pawel Jozwiak
Artwork: Krzysztof Wronski