Friday, 7 January 2011

159 RIDE, Madamadam, London School Of Ecomonics Student Union (The Quad), Friday 9 March 1990

Got the train with my last-minute replacement gig buddy Roger, as Veronica was ill. Hit the venue, a small student hall lined with pillars and yellow piping, with a "living room" style separate bar. Made recourse to said bar while the supports were on, as they were both crap, Madamadam more so than the unnamed openers.

Oxford's Ride, riding a wave of NME popularity, came on at 10 with a confident swagger, a flourish of buzzsaw guitar and an amphetamine rush of power. Current single, the upbeat "Chelsea Girl", climaxed a set which, while relying on Bunnymen/ Jesus And Mary Chain influences, was jagged, exciting and very worthwhile. Certainly a new guitar band to get excited about, and well worth risking the taxi-mare back to Paddington for, anyway!

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