27 Jul 2008
Guitars & Other Machines 
The Hydro Connect Festival at Inverary Castle on the banks of Loch Fyne, Argyll, Scotland on 29-31 August seems to have immersed itself quite freely in the spirit of Factory Records.

For a start there are stages called Guitars & Other Machines and Unknown Pleasures and the food area is called The Circuses & Bread Field.

A glance down the bill reveals that amongst the acts set to play are Friendly Fires and Kinky Afro.

Throw in some Andrew Weatherall and Neil Landstrumm for good measure and one begins to wonder if there is a secret plan...

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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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