25 Oct 2014
The Names are back at thenames.be 
The Names

As flagged earlier this year, our friends in Belgium, The Names are back - recording a new album and with their new website at thenames.be.

Michel Sordinia (vocals and bass guitar) and Marc Deprez (guitars), with Christophe Boulenger on keyboards and Laurent Loddewijckx on drums will be in the Noise Factory studio in Wierde from tomorrow to work on the new album 'Nowherarians', a double album of totally new songs, and will follow its 2015 release with a string of new concerts.

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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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