19 Jan 2013
Abecedarians, famous in Factory circles for their FAC 117 Smiling Monarch / Benway's Carnival 12" single have a major reissue/compilation out in a number of formats and special editions.

Over to Pylon Records for the full details:

On December 4th, 2012, Pylon Records will release, The Abecedarians Eureka album in its entirety for the first time on vinyl and CD. The band fronted by Chris Manecke, John Blake & Kevin Dolan, have roots in both post-punk and atmospheric 4AD pop, much like the Joy Division/New Order axis. They are also one of only two American bands to have a single on the legendary Factory Records.

This release collects all the songs from the Eureka era, including the demos, which were mixed down in the early 90s. Eureka will be a double vinyl, in a beautiful card stock gatefold jacket with a UV varnish of the memorable artwork, which has been restored, full lyric sheet and unseen photos of the band.

The first 300 copies of the Eureka album will be on blue colored vinyl, which will also come with a bonus CD, that will include rest of the Eureka era tracks. This will be only available from the Pylon website, the bonus cd will not be available with the commercial CD or the regular black vinyl version.

There will also be a very limited edition custom made Italian leather IPAD sleeves designed by our friends at Andrea Mercado and handmade in Los Angeles. Don't Sleep on this!!!

Lastly, no Abecedarian release can be complete without the legendary logo on beautiful dark blue and tan T-shirt, take your pick.



Beneath The City Of The Hedonistic Bohemians
I Glide
Mice & Coconut Tree
Misery Of Cities
Smiling Monarchs
Benway's Carnival
Other Side Of The Fence
They Said Tomorrow
John's Pop
Spaghetti Western

Eureka is available from the Pylon Store and other outlets.




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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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