Thursday, 13 January 2011
137 BIRDLAND, Rumblefish, Bristol Bierkeller, Monday 10 July 1989
Had a few pints and games of pool on arrival; a good evening always guaranteed at the Bierkeller! This was the calm before the storm, however...
Also on arrival, I was pleasantly surprised that the very fine Rumblefish were supporting; they put on a great show of their jangle pop, which had shades of C86, The June Brides and even Echo And The Bunnymen. Great stuff, with "Medicine" a standout track. Spoke to Rumblefish mainman Jeremy Paige afterwards, and bought a t-shirt from him for the princely sum of £2.99!
Birdland, current much hyped punky media darlings, came on to a manic welcome, and played a loud, punky, brash set in a blur of energy and blond moptop hair, totally wrecking the place during their barely half-hour set of blistering amphetamine bullets. Encores? Ha! No chance of that as the stage was destroyed! Got a set-list - God knows how!