14 Apr 2006
The Young Offenders Institute return to live action 
According to their official newsletter, The Young Offenders Institute are about to return to live action, having spent the last few months rehearsing and recording:

Saturday 22 April - Death 2 The DJ at 15, Bolton. Our Fold and The Drainpipes support.

Sunday 7 May - The Louisiana, Bristol

Tuesday 9 May - Channel M Showcase @ Academy 3, Manchester. This is expected to sell out so buy your tickets now from www.ticketline.co.uk, or from the Union without any booking fee (0161-275-2930)

Monday 15 May - Sugarmill, Stoke. 3.00 GBP a ticket for this one.

They'll also be relaunching www.youngoffendersinstitute.com soon but in the meantime, get all your info from these emails or from www.myspace.com/youngoffendersinstitute


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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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