12 Feb 2011
Jez Kerr solo live tour plus interview 
Jez Kerr hits the road with his live band starting on Saturday 19 February at Gullivers in Manchester followed by Saturday 26 February at Zanzibar, Seel Street, Liverpool and 28 March at the Heavenly Social in London in support of new single Play Sumthing Fast (available from iTunes UK now).

Cerysmatic Factory caught up with Jez with the tour about to unfold to talk about the new and the old:

CF: You've had offshoot projects before (e.g. Twenty Four Hours) but why is now the right time for a solo project proper?

JK: I think now is the right time, because I've written a good album and I want to play it live, and I want to actually get to play more than 5 times a year.

CF: What can we expect from you live? Will it be substantially different from A Certain Ratio? What is the live line-up?

JK: You can expect a great set, Simon Wolsencroft's powerful drumming, New Order DJ Tintin's synth bass lines, Keo Martin's Slits-like guitar, my bass and words. Not sure what it will be like, could be a bit like ACR, but that's not surprising really, I think it's a bit punkier.

CF: What was it like working with Simon Topping again after all those years on the Sum Ratios project? Is there anything else in the pipeline from the band?

JK: I enjoyed meeting up with Simon and Pete again. A year prior to the gig at FAC 251 we met up in St. Helens and had a rehearsal. Pete hadn't seen Simon for 25 years, and it was the first time in 25 years that Pete had played guitar. We jammed just one thing for about an hour. Unsurprisingly in the key of 'E'. As if we had never had a 30-year break.

CF: There was a large archive of demo and live recordings of Joy Division collected by Rob Gretton and Peter Hook over the years. Is there a similar collection of historic ACR recordings?

JK: There may well be, the Talking Heads track we recorded with Grace Jones? Also, I have got a cassette recording of my first rehearsal with Pete and Simon, from 78. It was 2 days before my first gig with them at Band On The Wall. It's from that cassette, that I reworked an unrecorded tune called Intro/Talk-in, into Teri.

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1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

would be great to hear the 1978 recordings of ACR pre drummer...what songs were done? Hope that they can be released at least for digital download for FAC music enthusiasts.

07/03/2011, 05:45

 

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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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