24 May 2006
The Factory Revival E.P. Competition 
Cerysmatic Factory is proud to launch yet another competition and this time you can win a 12" vinyl copy of the new Factory Revival E.P. by Neil Landstrumm.

This record is Scandinavia's first release through Kompakt from Cologne, Germany. The 'Factory Revival' E.P. is a re-working of two tracks by two of Factory's most famous and influential bands, Joy Division and the Happy Mondays.

Drawn from his experience of the rave sound and bleep culture that grew outwards from the Haçienda through the late eighties acid house explosion, this 12" looks to get back in touch with those emotions and resurrect them. The bleep remix of the Mondays' 'Hallelujah' has already been well received, taking the original and blending it with a take on the LFO-style subsonic bass and bleep sound.

The AA side, 'She's Lost Control' by Joy Division has been covered direct from the original with a simple electronic rhythm and bass track combined with vocals by Tommy Stuart from The Magnificents. He extracts a facsimile of the Ian Curtis original and blends it with Edinburgh feeling and his own signature vocal style. A cross-over record with support from both the indie and dance camps and deserves to be broken and played in clubs worldwide.

Two lucky people can win a copy and all for answering two simple questions:

1. Who else has recorded a cover version of Joy Division's 'Shes' Lost Control'?
2. Who sang backing vocals on the original version of 'Hallelujah' by Happy Mondays?

Please submit your answers to both questions via the Contact form and the first two out of the hat on the closing date of 22:00 BST Monday 29 May will win a 12" each. Please put "Factory Revival Competition" in the subject field.

The Factory Revival E.P. is out now and can be ordered online from Boomkat and Juno and other good retailers.

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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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