17 May 2011
The Light feat Rowetta 1102/2011 EP out now 
The Light featuring Rowetta's debut EP 1102 / 2011 is out now as a digital download via Hacienda Records.

The videos for unreleased Joy Division track Pictures In My Mind and Atmosphere are now out via YouTube alongside those for Insight and New Dawn Fades.

The E.P. is dedicated to Ronan "Rex" Sergeant who sadly died last year.

Meanwhile, The Light's performance of Closer at The Factory on 18 May 2011 is completely sold out but some tickets remain for the additional Thursday 19 May date. The support act on both nights is now confiirmed as Kevin Hewick.

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Download 1102/2011 EP [MP3/WAV, instrumental versions available]

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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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