4 May 2013
True Faith @ Nelson's, Hebden Bridge 8 June 
True Faith @ Nelson's, Hebden Bridge 8 June

"Turn it up! Bin the headphones for a night and share the music, and love. We're going to play all those great songs from back when we had daft sticky-up hair and acted all moody in great-coats, even in mid-summer. You know - The Smiths, The Cure, Echo and the Bunnymen, New Order, the whole lot of 'em.

"We're starting off at Nelson's, a cool underground bar in Hebden Bridge, on Saturday 8 June, from 9pm. Come along with your pals and lose yourself to the soundtrack of your old self when all was hopeful and dreamy and lovely with the world.

"We'll be playing some new stuff, of course, because hopes and dreams and loveliness and great music is eternal what ever the age, the hairstyle and where ever you're now at, man. Have faith, True Faith."

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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.

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