13 Dec 2007
You're going home in a Crispy Ambulance 
A very healthy 100+ strong crowd saw an on-form Crispy Ambulance return to the live stage last Saturday "early evening" at Sub Space in Manchester (just under the railway and around the corner from The Ritz). Support act Triclops (not Morganstein as previously announced) turned in an engrossing electronica set about an hour earlier and won the prize for the Most Innovative Use of Ironing Boards in Popular Music. Full(er) review to follow. Traditional Cerysmatic shout-outs to David "David Nolan" Nolan, Sam, Alex Staszko, Cath Aubergine, Cath Berry, Rob and Lee (recovered yet?).

All the best to Crispy Ambulance when they continue the comeback at A Factory Night (Once Again) in Brussels this coming Saturday 15 December 2007.



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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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