19 Apr 2004
The Orch were featured on Fac 2.02 A Factory Sample Too along with Italian Love Party, K-Track and East West Coast. The band played the Fac 2.12 Factory Too launch / showcase event at Fac 51 The Haçienda ["The Orch played confident luscious soundscapes with drum-machine backing and featured guitar and keyboard players along with a singer."]. A brief post-Factory recording career followed and then they split.

Michael Conroy Harris (The Orch, 1993-96) has a few quick words about his official website, the gloriously-titled www.no-show.biz, and his latest music project: "I've just added an Orch discography, such as it is. All this is very weird timing as I've got an album out with my musical collaborator Bruce Magill - comes out on Skinny Dog Records in summer. We're called Superqueens and the album's called Cheap Shots".



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Biting Tongues

In the grey days of late 1970s post-punk Manchester, youth culture was a serious affair: every musical performance was measured mostly by the conviction of its delivery. The term 'New Wave' opened up free vistas where acquired skills could once again be exercised after punk's monochrome blur. It could be applied to anything from a James 'Blood' Ulmer record to the latest Throbbing Gristle release, Magazine to Swell Maps. Move outside that terrain into Sun Ra, Parliament, Frank Sinatra and Martin Denny, and your options were suddenly without limit...

Then came Tony Wilson's Factory Club (at the Russell Club in Hulme) offering an open invitation to experiment that was taken up when Ken Hollings, Howard Walmsley, Eddie Sherwood and a few others decided to make some noise to accompany their 16mm silent epic Biting Tongues. A further performance followed a few weeks later, when Colin Seddon and Graham Massey disbanded their Post Natals project and joined up. The film itself, a flashing series of negative images, became a memory; the name remained.

- extract from the LTM Biting Tongues biography

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