31 Jul 2007
Horse's Big Arm 
Paul Ryder - thumping bass player in the original Happy Mondays - now has a band called Big Arm.

They have a single - Flashbacks, a video, an album on the way and a tour with Ian Brown to promote it.

The album - Radiator - was produced by ex-ACR studio engineer John Pennington and is slated for release on 24th September.

See the vid, get the single, read an interview, sample the album, get ringtones, tour dates - the lot - on the Matchbox Recordings site.

Be warned. Big Arm. It's large.

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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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