A CERTAIN RATIO
ANNOUNCE THE LAUNCH OF A SERIES OF REISSUES ON MUTE – 24 NOV 2017
LIVE SHOW IN MANCHESTER – 16 DEC
A Certain Ratio and Mute are pleased to announce the launch of a long awaited series of reissues, out on 24 November 2017.
The series will launch with the reissue of a selection of the Manchester band’s albums and will continue into 2018 with a compilation in April, followed by further releases and a rarities box set.
The first albums set for release on 24 November 2017 include the band’s debut release, The Graveyard And The Ballroom, which originally came out on Factory Records in December 1979. The album will be available here on limited edition vinyl with coloured PVC sleeve, CD and, mirroring its original release, on cassette. In addition, albums To Each (1981), and Force (1986) will be released on coloured vinyl and CD.
Listen to ‘Do The Du’ (taken from The Graveyard And The Ballroom) here:
24 NOVEMBER 2017
The Graveyard And The Ballroom – Vinyl with limited edition colour PVC sleeve / CD / cassette (Limited to 500 packaged in coloured PVC sleeve, includes digital copy)
To Each – Limited edition red vinyl / CD
Force – Limited edition yellow vinyl / CD
All vinyl releases include digital copies
Following a series of festival dates that included Dekmantel, Amsterdam and Baleapop, France plus an incredible performance in London earlier in the year, the band will close 2017 with a special performance in their hometown, Manchester, on 16 December to support the releases.
16 Dec – Manchester 02 Ritz with Gramme – tickets available from https://bandonthewall.org/events/certain-ratio-gramme/
In 2018 the rest of the A Certain Ratio’s catalogue will be re-released, including the long out of print albums Good Together and acr:mcr.
23 FEBRUARY 2018
I’d Like To See You Again – vinyl / CD
Good Together – vinyl / CD
acr:mcr – vinyl / CD
A Certain Ratio embraced the ethic and culture of the late seventies post-punk explosion, but sounded like nothing else around them and refused to fit in. Formed in 1978, the band had various members throughout their career, and a core line-up of Jeremy Kerr, Martin Moscrop and Donald Johnson.
Hailed universally as pioneers of what became known as “punk funk” thanks to the success of ‘Shack Up’ on both sides of the Atlantic, their sound is not easily pigeon holed and their influence can never be understated. The band introduced the avant-garde elements of funk, jazz, electronics, tape loops and technology to the pop song, wrapping it in a post punk aesthetic, adding great clothes and the coolest haircuts.
They have gone on to influence generations of musicians – from Talking Heads, LCD Soundsystem, Happy Mondays, Franz Ferdinand, ESG, Factory Floor and Andrew Weatherall. The Guardian’s Dave Simpson paid tribute to the band, once described as “James Brown on acid” in a recent Cult Heroes piece: “Once you start listening to A Certain Ratio, it’s difficult to stop”.
Listen to 4 tracks here: http://smarturl.it/ACRSampler
Watch the inspiring short film Tribeca, directed by Michael Shamberg here:
Follow A Certain Ratio on Spotify:
“… all the energy of Joy Division, but with better clothes” – 24 Hour Party People
“In tandem with the city that surrounded them, they had evolved, expanded, grasped a new diversity and, not least, surged to new levels of musicality.” – The Quietus on Force
“Soulful, smooth and packed with proper anthems…” – The Vinyl Factory on Good Together
“A Certain Ratio & Mute = Good Together
We are looking forward to our new found partnership with Mute, a label whose DNA, like ours, is ALL ABOUT THE MUSIC.” – A Certain Ratio
“ACR always do what I don’t expect, who wouldn’t want to work with artists like that?” – Daniel Miller