21 Jan 2011
Jez Kerr live at Gullivers with The Orch 
A reminder that Jez Kerr's first ever solo performance will be at Gullivers in Manchester on Saturday 19 February 2011. Everyone who attends will receive a remix of the new single Play Sumthing Fast as a free download.

Special guests for the evening are confirmed as The Orch whose album Small Times is out on Skinny Dog Records and available for download.

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Saturday 19th Feb
Gullivers
Oldham St Manchester

8pm £6 on the door upstairs

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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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