16 Jun 2008
Small Times 
The Orch, who are collaborating again after a ten-year gap, release their debut album shortly as a download, exclusively licensed to Manchester's Skinny Dog records.

The album was recorded late 2007 and mixed early 2008. They featured on Fac 2.02 A Factory Sample Too.

There's a taster gig at Darwen Library Theatre Friday 27 June 2008, with Peel favourites Calvin Party. More details on Ticketmaster. A follow-up gig at the Green Room in Manchester is also in the pipeline.

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Tracklisting

Without Trace
Ingland Strip
Little Rockets
Living In Sin
Ritual Abuse
Slaves Make My Baby's Shoes
Kenny and the Snake
Spectacular Times

For streaming tracks see www.myspace.com/thisistheorch

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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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