16 Jun 2008
Small Times 
The Orch, who are collaborating again after a ten-year gap, release their debut album shortly as a download, exclusively licensed to Manchester's Skinny Dog records.

The album was recorded late 2007 and mixed early 2008. They featured on Fac 2.02 A Factory Sample Too.

There's a taster gig at Darwen Library Theatre Friday 27 June 2008, with Peel favourites Calvin Party. More details on Ticketmaster. A follow-up gig at the Green Room in Manchester is also in the pipeline.



Without Trace
Ingland Strip
Little Rockets
Living In Sin
Ritual Abuse
Slaves Make My Baby's Shoes
Kenny and the Snake
Spectacular Times

For streaming tracks see www.myspace.com/thisistheorch



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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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