10 Sep 2011
Back from Hell 
The Sheffield Star reports on Karl Walsh's (ex-Factory folksters To Hell With Burgundy) new band The Visitors who are currently touring their "70s classic rock-flavoured antics" across the north of England. The full tour itinerary is below and more info may be found at thevisitors.org.uk. September Fri 10 - Bohemia, Accrington, BB5 1HN Fri 16 - Elton Sailing Club, Bury,BL8 2BR Sat 17 - The Station, Ashton, OL6 6XB Sun 18 - 2pm The Horse & Jockey, Tamworth Rd, Corly, Birmingham CV7 8AA Fri 23 - Old Dog Inn, Preston, PR1 3BT Sat 24 - Cobden View, Sheffield, S10 1HQ October Fri 7 (Album Launch) - Kings Arms, Bloom St, Salford, Manchester, M36 6AN Sat 15 - The Adelphi, Hull, HU5 2RU Thu 20 - Blue Cat Cafe, Heaton Chapel, Stockport, SK4 4AG Thu 27 - The Jolly Tar, Nantwich, CW5 6BE Fri 28 - The Base Bar, Manchester, M1 7DB

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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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