23 Sep 2013
ESG plan bedtime KOKO for 2014 

One of the first acts to ever grace the stage at the legendary Hacienda and the first American act to 'sign' for Factory Records have announced a European exclusive!

ESG, who regrouped a few years back, will return with a special one-off show at London's KOKO venue on Friday 17th January 2014. The band is currently celebrating its 35th anniversary since forming in 1978.

A tightly-knit family unit of minimalist new-wave funk and bass-heavy party-soul, Emerald, Sapphire and Gold initially hooked up with Factory producer Martin Hannett during his short spell in New York producing A Certain Ratio's To Each in 1980. Despite not being surrounded by his usual technology and 'toys', Hannett helped the sisters create one of hip-hop's most sampled EPs, You're No Good, and in particular the flipside of FAC 34 UFO, which remains a key component of many a homeboy's crate to this day.

Tickets for this rare show are on sale now and you can pick them up via Allgigs here, priced from £22.50. You can expect You're No Good, UFO, Moody and other classics from the past and the present to lift the roof off Camden's KOKO in typical South Bronx party style.

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A Certain Ratio

"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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