06 June 2012The End of the Pier
Factory fans will be familiar with the FAC 12 Time Goes By So Slow and other classic era output including the 1980 debut album Nobody's Perfect but, by 1981 they had disbanded Steve Perrin moving to New Zealand and singer Mike Finney going on work with The Art Of Noise before pursuing other projects.
All was then quiet until 2010 when The Distractions re-emerged with a the Black Velvet and Come Home EPs on Occultation. A year later, a studio in Exeter and after four days Finney and Perrin had laid down the basic tracks for The End Of The Pier with Mike Kellie (drums), Arash Torabi (bass) and producer Nick Halliwell (guitar and vocals).
Steve Perrin explains the long gap: "Being geographically challenged as we are means The Distractions is more occasional than full time; then again, long-awaited could also adjectivally apply to this album – Dexys look like they've rushed their new record, it's only 26 years since their last".
Mike Finney adds: "I rather like the idea of a world tour but it'd interfere with watching my son's football practice. Besides taking time off work is a bit tricky, so we've had to forego six weeks traversing North America in a bus and settle for two shows in Salford".
I Don't Have Time
Girl of the Year
When It Was Mine
Too Late To Change
The Summer I Met You
Man of the Moment
The Last Song
More info on the album and tour at The Distractions Nothing and Occultation Recordings.
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