14 Oct 2010
Just in time for our pensions to kick in 
The Orch's debut album of "spoken word and electronica" Small Times is due to come out on Manchester label Skinny Dog Records on 6 December and a Manchester gig is promised to coincide - full details to follow.

If taster track Without a Trace is anything to go by it will have been well worth the long wait since the Factory Sample Too.

More info plus video clips and other stuff at myspace.com/thisistheorch



Anonymous Kelvin said...

Sounding as good as ever.
Nudge them for a CD release.

15/10/2010, 00:03


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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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