5 Sep 2006
Second album 'Royal Shit' from ex-Orch frontman 
Superqueens, ex-Orch frontman Michael Conroy-Harris's collaboration with Salford electronic composer and beat-meister Bruce Magill, has a second album out on supermarket records called 'Royal Shit'.

Check out www.myspace.com/superqueens for streaming tracks and some reviews / comments.

Also, The Orch reformed briefly for a gig at the Green Room on 4 August, for a benefit gig in aid of the Hovis Presley Memorial Trust.

Michael says "Hovis was a close mate of ours and it is likely that we shall be performing and maybe even recording at some point, with a similar motive."


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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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