As Rome burned and Nero behaved like Nigel Kennedy at a toga party, one suspects that the cyclonic soundtrack playing in the emperor's noodle may well have approximated the Joyriders - frenetic, hypnotic, psychotic, pneumatic. HAH! You know the drill. For only the looniest of tunes could accompany the bonfire of the calamities, and who better to bring the noise than Edinburgh's fiercest and finest, if most feckless of firestarters?

The Joyriders could have stolen the world and set it alight. It's true. But the Zippo was dry, the matches were beer-soaked and somehow the moment of grand larceny/arson passed. So much for burning ambition.

How to nutshell the JRs? Well, their firefight could be louder than any artillery fired up on Husker Du. In the heat of their sunspot-hot rock'n'roll powerpop moments, they could sweat melodies with the ease of Buffalo Tom, all the while abducting your affections in the same lazy rapscallion way as Evan Dando. Hell, had they been Yanks rather than Yankophiles we'd have loved them - maybe bought their records, even.

So ...All Hail, The Joyriders! They came, they smoked some draw, they hunkered. Yet, with their only two single/e.p. releases, these non-scene slackers somehow scored two NME "Single of the Week" awards, enjoyed the patronage of the aforementioned Mr Dando, and had Kurt Cobain join them for a secret pub gig at the time when he had just become the biggest rock star in the world. If you were Mudhoney, Doughboys, Ned's Atomic Dustbin, Mega City Four, Swervedriver, Eugenius, Lemonheads, Mercury Rev, Killdozer and a bunch of other influential rock'n'roll incendiaries, then the Joyriders was the band your agent called to fire up a show for your boys when they were in town. So, with all this in their favour, they snatched defeat from the jaws of victory and just split up. At least, they would've done if they could've been bothered.

Irreducible, irrepressible, irresistible. Sure, they burned but briefly but, Lordy, what blazing grace. - Rodger Evans

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Friday, July 24, 2009

Live Review of Cabaret Voltaire gig

Nice review posted on Next Big Thing - thanks to Lindsay Hutton for this.....

Good to see a decent turnout at Cabaret Voltaire in Edinburgh last night for The Joyriders first show in the capital in forever, ahead of their junket to Japan but enough of these j's already.

The Tango Rhums opened and I only saw a song and a bit or it might have been two. The Messthetics ethic is alive and well and gestating in Glenrothes. Investigate and encourage them because they're doing it for the right reasons.

The Bum Clocks are collecting a bit of an audience but what looks reasonable in theory and sounds a little like Alex Harvey reciting Burns with an appropriation of Detroit sounding software is alarmingly art-rock. The sound of young Scotland always kind of irrritated me and the sound of the middle-aged version ain’t thrilling me either. These guys were all there at The Big Bang but this is theatre and not rock'n'roll. It could run for weeks at the ICA. I've scratched the itch of wanting to see them in a club and don't want the wound to become infected. Their set seemed to last for a very long time and a minority of us were impervious to this Irvine Welsh intoned underside of the mither tongue. "Lust for Life" lost all its vital signs when it was used in "Trainspotting" and there’s a strange correlation between this and that in my opinion.

I don't recall ever seeing The Joyriders although I must have. Their entire recording history has just been put together as an omnibus edition "Others caught on but never caught up" on the "Fixing A Hole" imprint and they're playng out there in a couple of weeks. There's not a contrived bone in the box and their Lemonheads via Bob Mould fuzzpop sounds remarkably current. It also helps that they look like they're having some kind of fun up there. The reports from their opening stint for The Dolls were all good so this added to the expectation. And let's face it when was the last time you saw a band that reminded you of The Eastern Dark? Exactly.

Good solid pre-grunge, post buzzsaw pop in a dressing of nice tempo changes, these guys can segue. No faffing between songs other than to indulge in a bit of banter before they spiral off into another short sharp jolt. I hope that they keep at it this time because there are a lot of "hotly tipped" acts that are trading on way, way less. So mission accomplished with the beat ready to bring it on in the land of the rising sun come early August.

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