16 Apr 2004
Where is the meaning, where is the love? 
North-West Soul the long-awaited new album by The Royal Family and the Poor ("on this occasion Mike Keane and The Discarnate Angels of the Revolution"), has winged its way to Cerysmatic Factory (thanks Mike!). Recorded between July 2000 and January 2004 at Gaia Studio, Liverpool, England, and released by LTM, it features 13 new songs.

Early favourites include the Daria-inspired 'Sick Sad World' and the atmospheric 'Tell-Tale Heart'. Coming soon: Mike Keane's track-by-track breakdown of the album and the stories behind its making.

"I have learned that we do nothing 'alone' nor are we ever rarely alone, we just don't know how to recognise that which constantly watches over us. All we need to do is wake up to the possibilities and unchain our minds". Mike Keane, 2.49pm, 4th February 2004, Liverpool, England.



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"Manchester, 1978. In the beginning there were four: Jez Kerr (bass), Martin Moscrop (guitar/trumpet), Peter Terrel (guitar/effects) and Simon Topping (vocals/trumpet). Four thin boys with a name borrowed from a Brian Eno record, the intense, drummerless quartet initially drew influence from Wire, Eno, the Velvets and Kraftwerk, and gained a manager in Anthony Wilson of Factory Records.

"May 1979 saw the release of their first ACR single, the dark All Night Party, although the sound and musicianship of the band would be transformed by the arrival of funky drummer Donald Johnson (DoJo) in August. Over the next few months the band gigged widely, often with Joy Division as part of Factory packages, and recorded demos with producer Martin Hannett as well as a Peel session. Their support slot with Talking Heads on their UK tour in December 1979 set David Byrne on a new course, and provided the compelling live half of their chic cassette package The Graveyard and the Ballroom. Post-punk, ACR now reflected the influence of Funkadelic, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, The Bar Kays and James Brown."

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