The Long Ryders
Formed in November 1981, the Long Riders (as they were then known) initially included three ex-members of the Unclaimed - Sid Griffin (Kentucky, USA; guitar, vocals), Barry Shank (bass, vocals) and Matt Roberts (drums). Steve Wynn completed this early line-up, but the guitarist was replaced by Stephen McCarthy on leaving to form the Dream Syndicate. Griffin and McCarthy remained at the helm throughout the groups turbulent history. As part of Los Angeles paisley underground movement, the Long Ryders history is linked with not only that of the Dream Syndicate, but also that of other guitar-orientated bands such as Rain Parade, (early) Bangles, Green On Red and Blood On The Saddle. A mini-album, The Long Ryders, was completed with Des Brewer (bass) and Greg Sowders (drums), although by the time the quartet secured a permanent contract, Tom Stevens had joined in place of Brewer. Native Sons, an excellent set influenced by Buffalo...