7 Sep 2006
Arctic Metcalfe 
John Metcalfe, with band comprising Louise Fuller (violin, keyboards), Ali Friend (double bass) and Andy Gangadeen (drums), played a storming set last night at the ICA as part of Arctic Circle Electro. Opening with new track Daniel they continued for almost an hour and played a further four tracks off the forthcoming album 'A Darker Sunset'. Despite being billed as "ex-Durutti Column bassist" in at least two rags, Metcalfe elected to stay with what he knows best, the viola (with occasional keyboards).

The full setlist was:

A Darker Sunset
Unable To Comment
Something Lost
1st Major Upset
The Shock Of Recognition
Waiting For Clarence


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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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