13 Oct 2013
The Year of the Snake album launch party 
Year of the Snake album launch party @ The Ruby Lounge Manchester 18 October 2013

A reminder that new band Giant Star launch their debut album 'The Year of the Snake' at Manchester's Ruby Lounge on Friday 18 October. Main man and ex-Space Monkey Richard McNevin-Duff will play a short solo acoustic set and there will be a full band performance.

Meanwhile, Issue 11 of FC United of Manchester-affiliated fanzine 'A Fine Lung' will include an interview with McNevin-Duff, who’s band were the last to sign to Factory Records.

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Friday 18 October
Ruby Lounge
Manchester

Giant Star
+ Special Guests

Year of the Snake
Album Launch Party

Tickets available now from seetickets.com, ticketline.co.uk and Piccadilly Records 0161 832 1111

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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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