21 Sep 2004
It all comes back 
The intimate Po Na Na club on Charles Street in Manchester (just along from the Lass O' Gowrie) played host to an In The City event headlined by Silent Partners last night. The other bands included Young Offenders (who lived up to their name after the show), Franc and Evanfly. And then there was Flipron, the band on immediately before SP, who featured a vocalist who sat down the entire show, played guitar, harmonica and accordion (not at the same time) and sang 8-minute long drinking songs!

Coming on late due to the plethora of aforementioned talent, Silent Partners oozed with confidence with Dermo showing a cool swagger on the tiny stage. Their sound is soulful and the songs, like Killer and News of the World, are instant classics. The falsetto backing vocals complemented Dermo's singing which is a downright revelation in its assured quality. It was all over too soon as the gig drew to a close with the refrain "You gotta give a little love and it all comes back to you" ringing over and over.

It was great to meet Dermo, Iain and everyone before and after. Watch this space for a photo gallery.



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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."

- intro to ACR Biography by James Nice (LTM)

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