25 Jul 2005
Heart and Soul showcase at The Roadhouse 
Manchester's Roadhouse filled on Saturday for the first showcase of new label Heart & Soul, part of the Futuresonic festival. Many apologies to those who thought this was happening on 23 August following wrong information given on this site last week.

Label boss Martin Moscrop (ACR) was not in attendence due to holiday commitments, leaving A&R men Rob Bright (ex-Hacienda DJ) and Paul Dering (ex-Red Seal) to gladhand the numerous guests - including F4's Tom Clarke, ex-Hacienda / Dry manager Leroy Richardson, ex-Smith Andy Rourke, ex-Mondays Paul Davis, Everton and Gavan Whelan, Jason Boardman and others.

Solo artist 0898 Dave was highly entertaining, despite the obvious sound problems that were rectified (Andy Rourke still has his uses) in time for Kings Have Long Arms. Both acts present electronic cabaret with a humorous twist - 0898 Dave being of the cerebral kind - think electro Albertos - whilst Kings were reminiscent of Fat Truckers (with whom Adrian collaborates) - think funny Tack Head.

Gig over, all that was left was for Paul Dering to point out that some of the tables in The Roadhouse used to belong in Dry, along with some of the high-backed plywood chairs. Leroy confirmed this as the truth. It was that kind of night.

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Thanks to OMMCR.

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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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