31 Jul 2007
Horse's Big Arm 
Paul Ryder - thumping bass player in the original Happy Mondays - now has a band called Big Arm.

They have a single - Flashbacks, a video, an album on the way and a tour with Ian Brown to promote it.

The album - Radiator - was produced by ex-ACR studio engineer John Pennington and is slated for release on 24th September.

See the vid, get the single, read an interview, sample the album, get ringtones, tour dates - the lot - on the Matchbox Recordings site.

Be warned. Big Arm. It's large.

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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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