This EP is sometimes called the She Sings Alone EP. Even I was unsure what its name was. Particularly as it was quite fashionable at the time to have no writing on the record sleeve. This was their debut single, which was released to the excited indie world in March 1990. No one would of realised that See See Rider would become one of the bands with the shortest discography ever.
As they hailed from East Kilbride, home of the Jesus and Marychain, they drafted in Mary Chain’s Douglas Hart to play on early recordings. He appears on this EP playing bass on See See.
On She Sings Alone May Rock Marshall’s singing is very Nico. Snowfall has a chugging T.Rex swagger and the finale See See has vocal enunciated in a Leonard Cohen style.
See See Rider : See See Rider EP
She Sings Alone
Slip So Slow
See See Rider were brilliant when I saw them at the Joiners Arms, Southampton. They were signed to Lazy Records after being spotted by Birdland manager Wayne Morris and the secured support slots for Lloyd Cole and the Jesus and Mary Chain (See See Rider were from the Mary Chains home town of East Kilbride). They only made a couple of singles and the album was abandoned before it was released. Their output actually made My Bloody Valentine look busy. But it was not necessarily their fault as they were victims of a series of unfortunate incidents. These included a motorbike accident and bust ups onstage.
Stolen Heart is the second and last release from See See Rider. It features a cover of The Rolling Stones, Happy only on the vinyl edition of the EP. So I have been slightly completest and have included both the CD and 12” versions. With an output limited to only 2 releases you can be excused for being slightly obsessive.
See See Rider : Stolen Heart
The unfinished and unreleased album that See See Rider were working on when Lazy Records folded in 1991. They were then snapped up by Elektra Records, and there was hope that this album might see the light of day. Unfortunately an onstage bust up, that included a brawl, ended everything. Drummer Pete Tweedie left and the band split up. Bassist Phil King joined Lush and was a touring bassist with the Jesus and Mary Chain.
It’s a shame that this album was left on the shelf. This shows the potential of a greatly underrated band. It is a bit Birdland and The Primitives (Tweedie used to be in The Primitives). It sounds raw and rough, that might be to do with it being unfinished. I like to think that the later work of See See Rider would be a bit more caustic.
See See Rider : Dust Rocks & Flakes
She Sings Alone
White Flake Elite
Three Whale Trip