2 Mar 2009
Cerysmatic on tour 
Apologies for the quietness around here of late, but Cerysmatic has been pretty busy of late, mostly due to following the current UK tour by The Durutti Column. In case you haven't been following it via thedurutticolumn.com here is a summary of the reviews and photos up to Friday night's excellent gig at the Firestation Arts Centre in Windsor.

February

Fri 27 - Firestation Arts Centre, Windsor

Photos at Cerysmatic / LottaContinua / Twitpic
Photos at Official MySpace Photo Gallery

Thu 26 - Thekla, Bristol

Review in Suit Yourself Magazine

Wed 25 - Komedia, Brighton

Photos at Rob Orchard's Flickr Photostream
Photos at Cerysmatic / LottaContinua / Twitpic
Official MySpace Photo Gallery

Sat 21 Feb - Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

Photos at simonwebbon.com

Fri 19 - The Cluny, Newcastle

Photos at David Wala's Flickr Photostream

Mon 16 - Baby Blue, Liverpool

Photos at Cerysmatic / Twitpic
Photos at Official MySpace Photo Gallery

Sat 31 Jan - The Met, Bury

Photos at David Crausby's Flickr Photostream

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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)

The Durutti Column