29 May 2010
Freebass Live 
A reminder that ("the long awaited Mancunian supergroup of rockstar bassists") Freebass play a short stint of dates across the UK this week:

Mon 31st May - York - The Duchess
Tue 1st June - London - 100 Club (Sold Out)
Wed 2nd June - Manchester - The Factory
Thu 3rd June - Glasgow - King Tut's
Fri 4th June - Carlisle - The Brickyard
Sun 6th June - Middlesborough - Town Hall

featuring Gary Briggs (vox), Mani/Hooky/Rourke (basses), Nat Watson (guitars), Phil Murphy (keys) and Bo Walsh (perc).

Listen to tunes at the new Freebass website, purchase them from www.fac51thehacienda.com.

See you there!

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The Names

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

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