28 Sep 2014
Shimmering Sonic Depths 
The recent Atonal festival in Berlin featured a rare live performance by Cabaret Voltaire and, on the Contort night, Ike Yard. The Quietus and Secret Thirteen reviews nicely sums it all up.

In other Ike Yard news, Stuart Argabright tells us that Dior designer Raf Simons wanted to use the Regis remix of 'Loss' in their Spring-Summer 2015 Ready-To-Wear show video(s) and a suitable license was done.

Finally, there's a long-awaited Gretchen Bender retrospective featuring her legendary video installation Total Recall at Tate Liverpool from 7 November to 8 February 2015.

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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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