23 Jul 2008
& then again 
It seems the new and as-yet-untitled album by A Certain Ratio will eventually come out on French record label Le Son Du Maquis. Last year the label also released Radiator by Big Arm.

Following their appearance at the Tony Wilson Experience, ACR are also preparing to play live at the Brighton Beach Festival on 24 August and then in Norway on 5 and 6 September (www.numusic.no).

Meanwhile, here is the setlist from ACR's 14 June Voodoo Lounge (Edinburgh) gig:

Do The Du
I Feel Lite
And then again
Mind Made Up
Way To Escape
Everything is good
Wild Party
Wonder Y
Shack Up
Turn Me on
Down Down Down
Si Fir Mi

With thanks to Mr Moscrop, Hans and upnorth on the Cerysmatic Factory Message Board.

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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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