7 Sep 2006
Arctic Metcalfe 
John Metcalfe, with band comprising Louise Fuller (violin, keyboards), Ali Friend (double bass) and Andy Gangadeen (drums), played a storming set last night at the ICA as part of Arctic Circle Electro. Opening with new track Daniel they continued for almost an hour and played a further four tracks off the forthcoming album 'A Darker Sunset'. Despite being billed as "ex-Durutti Column bassist" in at least two rags, Metcalfe elected to stay with what he knows best, the viola (with occasional keyboards).

The full setlist was:

Daniel
Schoenberg
George
A Darker Sunset
Osker
Unable To Comment
Something Lost
1st Major Upset
The Shock Of Recognition
Waiting For Clarence

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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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