14 Dec 2007
The new James 
James return to the fold following successful summer festival dates this year is further confirmed with the announcement of a new album, out 7 April 2008, and a UK tour.

April 2006

10 - Derby Assembly Rooms
11 - Lincoln Engine Shed
12 - Liverpool University
14 - Newcastle Academy
15 - Sheffield Academy
16 - London Shepherds Bush Empire
18 - Norwich UEA
21 - Bristol Colston Hall
22 - Blackpool Empress Ballroom
24 - Edinburgh Corn Exchange
25 - Aberdeen AECC

Tickets for the tour are on sale on today Friday 14 December and selling out fast. More info at www.wearejames.com and www.oneofthethree.co.uk.



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A Certain Ratio

"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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