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‘I’d never seen anything like it!” says Ride frontman Mark Gardener as he recalls the first time the recently reformed shoegaze pioneers stepped foot on Japanese soil.

“We touched down at the airport and there were 300 people there, all with daffodils, chocolates, toys and sweets,” he says. “We were totally unprepared for it! We were like, ‘What do we do with this? We need a van to put all of this in.’ We’d watched footage of that Beatlemania thing, but it really was like that. It was totally mad.”

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