10 Aug 2009
Hewick, Haynes & James 
Kevin Hewick will be one of the acts on the indoor stage at Leicester Summer Sundae Weekender at 1.00pm on Sunday 16 August 2009 with his new guitar-bass-drums punk art distortion power trio Hewick, Haynes & James.

Kevin says "We are making a serious bid to be the greatest rock 'n' roll band in the world - how timely that we have arrived just at the moment when rock seemed dead..."

The band will make their London debut at Alan McGee's Death Disco night at Notting Hill Arts Centre on Wednesday 14 October 2009.

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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."

- intro to ACR Biography by James Nice (LTM)

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