11 Jan 2006
Espers cover 'Tomorrow' by The Durutti Column 
Espers have done a cover version of 'Tomorrow' by The Durutti Column on their new album of covers 'The Weed Tree'. Speaking about their version on Poptones' Questions of Doom last year, Espers man Christopher Smith said "Vini Reilly is a guitar god. Meg Baird is a guitar goddess and a big fan of that song. Listen to the guitars on both the original and our version of the song". The Weed Tree is out now.

Title: The Weed Tree (available via Boomkat and other good music sellers)
Label: Locust Music
Format: CD and 180 gram vinyl lp
Tracklisting: Rosemary Lane (Traditional), Tomorrow (Durutti Column), Black is the Color (Traditional), Afraid (Nico), Blue Mountain (Michael Hurley), Flaming Telepaths (Blue Oyster Cult), Dead King (Espers)

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Biting Tongues

In the grey days of late 1970s post-punk Manchester, youth culture was a serious affair: every musical performance was measured mostly by the conviction of its delivery. The term 'New Wave' opened up free vistas where acquired skills could once again be exercised after punk's monochrome blur. It could be applied to anything from a James 'Blood' Ulmer record to the latest Throbbing Gristle release, Magazine to Swell Maps. Move outside that terrain into Sun Ra, Parliament, Frank Sinatra and Martin Denny, and your options were suddenly without limit...

Then came Tony Wilson's Factory Club (at the Russell Club in Hulme) offering an open invitation to experiment that was taken up when Ken Hollings, Howard Walmsley, Eddie Sherwood and a few others decided to make some noise to accompany their 16mm silent epic Biting Tongues. A further performance followed a few weeks later, when Colin Seddon and Graham Massey disbanded their Post Natals project and joined up. The film itself, a flashing series of negative images, became a memory; the name remained.

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