With their first records, Ride created a unique Wall of Sound that relied on massive, trembling distortion in the vein of My Bloody Valentine but with a simpler, more direct melodic approach. The shatteringly loud, droning neo-psychedelia the band performed was dubbed shoegazing by the British press because the band members stared at the stage while they performed. Along with their initial influence, My Bloody ValentineRide stood apart from the shoegazing pack, primarily because of their keen sense of songcraft and dynamics.

In 2014, Ride announced that they had reunited and booked a month-long world tour for the following year, including an appearance at the Primavera Sound Festival. The band also returned to the studio. Weather Diaries, their first album in 21 years, was released in 2017.