Rock’n’roll is peppered with sob stories. Meet The Joyriders. In the early 90s, the Edinburgh-based pop-grungers released two EPs which were both awarded NME Single of the Week, played with Nirvana, The Lemonheads and Mercury Rev and had a reputed dozen record labels after them. Somehow they contrived not to get signed, instead ‘disintegrating in a mire of self-loathing, alcohol and drug abuse, lies, personality clashes, bad management and fistfights,’ according to singer Murdo MacLeod. Having never officially split up, the band have reformed for a one-off farewell show 13 years after the fact. Which should be a hoot, if they can hold it together long enough.
Bannerman’s, Edinburgh, Sat 9 Sep.