Andy Bell

Ride guitarist and songwriter Andy Bell announces the release of his second solo album Flicker and is sharing the single ‘Something Like Love’.

We are very excited to announce that Ride guitarist and songwriter Andy Bell will release his second solo album Flicker on February 11. He shares the first single and video ‘Something Like Love’ which has just had its first play courtesy of Lauren Laverne on BBC Radio 6 Music.

The album was recorded by Andy and Gem Archer and mastered by Heba Kadry. Marc and Stuart Jones’ striking artwork is based around an old photo of Andy by Joe Dilworth, an outtake from the inner sleeve of the debut Ride album, Nowhere. An appropriate image, because across its stunning 18 tracks Flicker is essentially a conversation between present-day Andy and his younger self.

“The ‘flicker’ I’m talking about is that flame that makes a person who they are,”

he explains.

“I wanted to find that in myself, so I went back to the teenage me and got some advice on how to live and be happy in the 2020s. The View From Halfway Down was about turning 50 during a time of introspection; Flicker is about gathering the tools to equip myself mentally for life in 2022 and

beyond – post-pandemic, post-Brexit, post-truth.”


The album is available to pre-order on digital, CD and two gatefold double vinyl variants – silver (frosted clear vinyl with a silver obi) and Bandcamp exclusive gold (translucent ochre vinyl with a gold obi).

To coincide with the release, Andy has added a few instore instrumental Space Station shows to the ones already announced as part of Independent Venue Week.


Tour Dates

January 31 – Three Wise Monkeys – Colchester

February 1 – Hot Box Live – Chelmsford

February 2 – The Black Prince – Northampton

February 3 – The Smokehouse – Ipswich

February 4 – The Jericho Tavern – Oxford

February 6 – The Town Hall – Trowbridge

February 12 – Rough Trade East – London

February 13 – Rough Trade – Bristol

February 14 – Lost In Vinyl @ The Portland Arms – Cambridge

February 15 – Rough Trade – Nottingham

February 16 – Resident Music – Brighton

February 18 – Elsewhere – Margate