10 December 2013Justified Fascination
On the occasion of the opening night of the Hacienda:
"We were mates with the Factory people and we'd worked with them in the past. We'd played the original Factory club at the Russell in Moss Side. I remember when the Hacienda opened up on the Friday night there was a private party which New Order played and it wasn't open to the public. I think we decided not to go to that because we would have ended up fucked up for that Saturday night. [laughs] Because we did like to party, make no bones about it. But I don't think there were that many people there on the Saturday night and the acoustics were absolutely terrible but you know, there was something about that place. Something really good. I went there many, many times and not just to play but to watch bands and to hang out."
On The Final Academy night in Brixton (immortalised in the Ikon video 'The Final Academy Documents [IKON 9]'):
"Yeah. Well, as you know we were all mates with Throbbing Gristle who had sadly split up and then Sleazy and Gen went on to form Psychic TV and we were kind of involved in that a little bit. We made a video piece for a Psychic TV release, that I don’t think ever saw the light of day and obviously being totally into [William] Burroughs it just seemed like it would be fantastic. Brion Gysin was there. John Giorno was there. Psychic TV, Last Few Days and maybe 23 Skidoo as well. We were performing more of a low key ambient piece where the films were important and the soundtrack less so."
08 December 2013The Delaplains - The Other You EP [VR 004]
Up-and-coming Manchester indie pop band The Delaplains have their second release, The Other You EP out now via the burgeoning Vinyl Revival label. The three tracks are The Other You, Bones & Sheena's Always Late are replete with jangly guitars, cutting melodies and the self-assurance of a band on the rise.
The Other You EP is released on limited edition 7" vinyl via Vinyl Revival, 5 Hilton Street, Manchester M4 1LP. The Factory connection (other than the Vinyl Revival one) is that sleeve artwork is by Trevor Johnson. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info and ordering details.
Artist: The Delaplains
Title: The Other You Ep
Format: Limited Edition 7" Vinyl
Label: Vinyl Revival
Catalogue Number: VR004
05 December 2013Not just the 5th member of Joy Division...
Martin Hannett was Factory Records' genius in-house producer, musician and sonic experimenter. A new 4-hour reportage-style documentary filmed over many years and to be released next year will explore his life in interviews with an extensive cast including Tony Wilson, Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook, Bruce Mitchell, CP Lee, Tosh Ryan, Lindsay Reade, George Borowski, Kevin Hewick, Mick Middles, Victor Brox, Bob Dickinson, Julia Adamson, Reni, Andy Spearpoint (New FADS), Wendy Hannett, Vini Reilly, Tina Simmons, Bono (audio only) and Mark Radcliffe.
The project was conceived by Anthony Ryan Carter and initiated in the 90s with interviews carried out by Jon Ronson and Tosh Ryan. It was then shelved until being resurrected by Chris Hewitt and Tom Hewitt with new interviews carried out from 2009 to 2013 and is set for release on dvd in the spring.
Giant Star are ending the Year Of The Snake with a bang with a Christmas party with special guests at Carson's Bar in Middleton, Manchester on Sunday December 22nd from 8pm til late. Ex-Space Monkey man Richard McNevin-Duff will also play a solo acoustic set.
38-42 Townley Street
04 December 2013A Certain Ratio live @ Under The Bridge
ACR have announced a one-off London gig at Under The Bridge in Fulham on Friday 21 February. The night's Special Guests are still to be announced but tickets are on sale now and there's an Early Bird deal via the promoters AGMP.
A Certain Ratio + Special Guests
Under The Bridge, Fulham
Friday 21 February 2014
Tickets available priced 15.00 GBP (Early Bird) and 20.00 GBP (Full Price) are on sale now via AGMP Events.
Under The Bridge
London SW6 1HS
02 December 2013Crispy Ambulance live on two 2014 nights
The Names, the Belgian new wave group best known for their classic recordings with Factory Records, Factory Benelux and Les Disques du Crépuscule release a new collection of studio material entitled 'In Time' via Factory Benelux on 10 February 2014.
In Time comprises selected tracks from two previous studio albums released in 1997 and 2009. Replete with striking cover art and typography by the master himself, Benoît Hennebert, the music is conceptually split into into contrasting 'day' and 'night' 'sides' with both dynamic modern rock songs and longer, more contemplative tracks.
Highlights include Halloween In June featuring Isabelle Antena on guest vocals and Zeroes which is the band's tribute to their late, original producer Martin Hannett.
In Time will available to buy via Factory Benelux mailorder.
Halloween In June
I Am the Rain
This Teflon Skin
The Tether Ends Here
Artist: The Names
Title: In Time
Label: Factory Benelux
Catalogue number: FBN112CD
Released: 10 February 2014
ESG play Factory 251 in Manchester on Sunday 19 January 2014 as part of their last ever UK tour which features dates at Brudenell Social Club in Leeds, London's Koko and Think Tank in Newcastle.
Support comes from Stonelove DJs plus further bands to be announced. This date also forms part of 251's 4th birthday celebrations.
Tickets are on sale now via TicketWeb and Piccadilly Records.
Full January 2014 itinerary
Fri 17 - Koko, London [Buy tickets]
Sat 18 - Brudenell Social Club, Leeds [Buy tickets]
Sun 19 - Factory 251, Manchester [Buy tickets]
Mon 20 - Think Tank, Times Square, Newcastle-upon-Tyne [Buy tickets]
More info at ESG's official website and Facebook.
The Wake formed in Glasgow (Scotland) in April 1981, after singer/guitarist Caesar joined forces with drummer Steven Allen and a bassist, Joe Donnelly. Caesar had previously played with Altered Images and wrote their first single Dead Pop Stars, but elected to leave shortly before the band crashed into the UK charts.
- extract from the LTM biography by James Nice