23 March 2015John Metcalfe - The Appearance of Colour
Ex-Factory Classicist and occasional Durutti Columnist, John Metcalfe's new album 'The Appearance of Colour' is out on 8 June 2015 via Real World on LP, CD and Digital Download.
"This is my most rigorous album to date. It's music of big contrasts but sonically unified with the intention to create a complete album with an intense emotional arc." - John Metcalfe
A taster track 'Gold, Green' is available now via Soundcloud and when you pre-order the album via iTunes.
More info at john-metcalfe.co.uk and Real World.
20 March 2015Northside live in 2015
The original line-up of Northside go back out on the road in 2015:
16 May - The Scala, London, Shiiine Weekender Launch Party with Stereo MCs [Buy tickets 20.00 GBP + bf]
30 Jul - Kendal Calling, Cumbria [Sold out]
7 Nov - Shiiine Weekender, Butlins Arena, Minehead [Buy tickets - hurry, going fast]
14 Nov - Manchester Academy, Manchester [Buy tickets 15.00 GBP + bf]
More dates to be added.
Stranger Than You, the fourth studio album by The Names is out on 18 May 2015 via Factory Benelux on CD and double vinyl LP (with free download code).
Recorded in 2014, Stranger Than You marks a conscious return to the sounds and styles explored on their debut album Swimming in 1982. "There's a strong element of reconnection," explains singer/songwriter (and bassist) Michel Sordinia. "Yet at the same time it's also about developing your own legitimate strangeness, just as the great Surrealist poet Rene Char invited his readers to do. A new mystery singing in your bones."
Michel and guitarist Marc Deprez are joined by new members Laurent Loddewyckx (drums) and Christophe Boulenger (keyboards and piano). Stand-out tracks include the dynamic title track, Kids On Fire and quickfire Boy With A Gun, as well as more contemplative, elegiac numbers such as Lights and My Angel of Death.
The cover art is an original painting by long term Names associate Benoit Hennebert, celebrated for his work as design director for Les Disques du Crépuscule, with portrait photography by Peter Staessens. The double vinyl edition is housed in a deluxe gatefold sleeve and includes a free digital download code.
Tracklisting (CD and vinyl)
1. Stranger Than You
4. Life Again
5. My Angel of Death
6. Kids On Fire
7. What She Knows About the Night
8. Hands Off Love
9. Boy With a Gun
11. Baby You're Scary
12. The Passengers
13. The Days
14. The State I'm In
16. Die Mauer Is No More
Stranger Than You is available to pre-order now via Factory Benelux mailorder.
28 February 2015Minny Pops live @ Scaledown #106
The prologue featuring a manual typewriter is captured in Part One for posterity.
The full 9 minutes and nine seconds gig is in Part Two.
Alternate black & white intro footage.
The new DURUTTI online store (from those lovely people who brought you Kooky Records) is now open at www.durutti.co.uk for the sale of official Durutti Column t-shirts, mugs and bags initially and eventually music releases and more.
Peter Hook and The Light will return to Manchester on 30 October 2015 for a special live performance of Unknown Pleasures and Closer as part of the Academy's 25th birthday celebrations.
Both classic Joy Division albums will be performed in their entirety but expect a few extra JD/Warsaw bonuses and a special New Order opening set.
Manchester Academy One
Friday 30 October 2015
Tickets priced 23.00 GBP in advance plus booking fee are available now.
Meanwhile, The Hebden Bridge Tapes which showcase a sold out series of three gigs recorded at the Trades Club in December 2014 are available now via abbeyroad.com/live. Each gig is presented as a double cd / digital download and there's also very special bundle featuring an extra live CD of Peter Hook & The Light performing Unknown Pleasures featuring Rowetta, orchestra and choir as well as an exclusive signed certificate.
Space Monkeys will kick off the summer in style with their 'One Day Pop Up Music Festival' at The Hopwood Arms in Middleton on Saturday 4 July 2015.
There'll be a main outdoor stage, special guests, live DJs, food, late bar and much more.
The Hopwood Arms
Manchester M24 2RA
Strictly limited availability tickets priced 10.00 GBP (6.00 U16) plus booking fee are available now via Skiddle.
More info via Space Monkeys Facebook (Official)
"Sunshine and love. It's gonna be a good day for the dreamers."
25 February 2015The Wake - Here Comes Everybody [FBN 35 CD]
'Here Comes Everybody', the 1985 album by acclaimed Factory band The Wake, will be re-released in a special remastered double disc 30th anniversary CD edition by Factory Benelux on 4 May 2015. Comprising the entire original album plus time-appropriate singles Talk About The Past and Of The Matter, radio session tracks, the Something That No-One Else Could Bring E.P. and seven (count 'em) unreleased demos from 1988-90 this is indeed a very special package.
And that's not all pop-pickers...
Captured Tracks, the specialist boutique vinyl re-releasers, will be putting out a double vinyl edition very soon and the Sarah Records back catalogue is also set for long-overdue re-release later in the year.
Here Comes Everybody 2CD [FBN 35 CD] Tracklisting
1. O Pamela
2. Send Them Away
3. Sail Through
4. Melancholy Man
5. World Of Her Own
6. Torn Calendar
7. All I Asked You To Do
8. Here Comes Everybody
9. Talk About the Past (7" version)
10. Of the Matter
11. Talk About the Past (radio session)
12. Rise and Shine (radio session)
13. Make You Understand (radio session)
14. The Calendar (radio session)
15. Torn Calendar (dub version)
16. Everybody Works So Hard (7" version)
1. Gruesome Castle
2. Pale Spectre
3. Furious Sea
4. Plastic Flowers
5. Hated Forsaken (demo)
6. English Rain (demo)
7. The Plastic Flowers (demo)
8. Bob's Empty Head (demo)
9. Are They Chaste? (demo)
10. Crush the Flowers (demo)
11. Carbrain (demo)
12. Pale Spectre (7" edit)
13. Talk About the Past (12" version)
Post punk cult band The Names emerged in the winter of 1977-1978 as The Passengers, gathering immediate attention on the local Brussels scene. In 1979, after a series of successful gigs and a crucial step forward opening for Magazine, they recorded their first E.P. ("Spectators Of Life") and attracted the interest of prominent label Factory Records in Manchester.
Their first British studio session (at Stockport's Strawberry Studio) produced the single "Nightshift" / "I Wish I Could Speak Your Language (Fac 29). Receiving enthusiastic reviews in the UK and abroad, it marked the start of a long and fruitful collaboration with producer Martin Hannett. The album "Swimming" followed as well as more singles, including "Calcutta" and "The Astronaut".
- extract from the official website biography