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RECORDS
Continued from page 5
recording, as is a great bulk of the
other effects that Ride implemented
into their earlier songs. More atten-
tion has now been given to the
virtues of a guitar, for whatever it
may be worth. Take a listen, for ex-
ample, to "Chrome Waves." Imagine
Ride starting off a song with acous-
tic guitars!
Though the encompassing feed-
back of past records is gone, don't
worry - Ride's sound remains in-
tact. It's amazing what things you'll.
discover when a group's sound is not

shrouded behind a curtain of haze
and fuzz. Life exists after the
psychedelic effects.
Mark Gardener and Andrew Bell
do an extremely competent job of
singing and are placed in the spot-
light much more on this album. The
vocals are soft and somehow invit-
ing, so soon, maybe even your youn-
ger siblings will be humming along
to Ride.
But don't be misled. Ride is still
biting enough, and still has plenty of
razor-sharp riffs to at least temper
this newfound "accessibility" and
"friendliness." "Leave Them All
Behind" and the beginning of

"Mouse Trap" are distinctly the Ride
that old fans remember. The rugged,
powerful guitars have enough distor-
tion to satisfy longtime followers
and still present a nice front to new-
comers.
Going Blank Again grows on thi
listener. Ride still has a way to go
before they astound you on technical
merit alone, but then again, this is"a
band whose members were never ii
any "real" bands before. Cut these
guys some slack. In a very over-
crowded guitar, grunge, "insert name
of the week," scene, Ride is rising
among the elites. They won't be cast
aside anytime soon.
-Nima Hodaei

b might look innocent enough, but their new Albinicized album is dangerously noisy.

Put these kids on

by Scott Sterling
On the surface, the Poster Children
seem innocent enough. These four
fresh faces from Champaign, Ill-
inois, wouldn't look out of place in
your 9 a.m. Psych lecture. But when
this innocuous quartet gets a firm
grip on their instruments, your best
bet is to duck. Whipping out shards
of dangerously melodic noiseworks,
the Poster Children do the garage-
grunge dance with dazzling dex-
terity.
Rick (guitar/vocals), Rose (bass),
Jim (more guitar), and Bob (drums)
have more than sufficiently captured
their crunch-o-matic rhythms, lost-
in-the-eye-of-the-storm vocals, and
sing-along pop melodies on Daisy
..Chain Reaction.
Produced by sonic soundmeister
Steve Albini, Daisy Chain Reaction
(The P.C.'s second album) is chock-
full o' killer songs. From the head-.
down speed-fest "Cancer," to the
lurching, stop-start epic "Space
Gun," the fun never stops.
"We're really happy with how it
came out," explains Rick, on the

phone from Champaign.
"Now we just have to get the
thing out there."
Unfortunately, DCR has become
as hard to find as shrink-wrapped
copy of Kiss Alive on 8-track.
Twin/Tone Records, the band's la-
bel, has been having major problems
getting the disc on the racks, due to
the demise of their distributor,
Rough Trade.
"It's a real drag to play a show,
and have people come up to you
saying they like your music, but
can't find the record anywhere, even
in cities like New York and L.A.,"
Rose muses.
Happily, that will no longer be a
problem, when the record is re-re-
leased next month on the P-Kid's
new home, Sire Records.
"Sure, we're a little worried
about the major label thing, but
we're paranoid about pretty much
everything," says Rick.
Due to the Poster Children's
tuneful approach to slam-bang rock,
they find themselves constantly
compared to contemporaries Sonic
Youth, SuperChunk, and the Pixies.

aposter
"That's just because we have a
female bass player," says Rick.
Said bassist Rose has found an
easy remedy to this phenom. "It's
not a problem anymore, since I
traded sexes with one of the guys in
Bitch Magnet. I'm a boy now."
THE POSTER CHILDREN play at
the Blind Pig tonight . Tickets are $5.
Doors open at 9 p.m.

TOAD
Continued from page 5
be, until recently, so widely ignored,
almost seems like an injustice to this
very young, talented band.
Yet, Dinning stresses that even
though the band is now on a major
label and has come a long way since
their California club days, the
group's still the same. There don't
seem to be any big changes in the
way they approach their fans or their
music. Will Toad become the next
alternative breakthrough a la
R.E.M.?
"Well if it is, it won't be because
we've changed anything, I think," he
answers. "It seems like people who

hear the band, like the band. It's like
there's something about us that hits
home with just about anybody. I
have friends who listen to nothing
but thrash, and Toad the Wet
Sprocket. It's just a matter of people
hearing it."

- U SUMMER SCHOOL
1992
e orgetown
-~U N I V E R S.I T Y

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7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. Call
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