A CERTAIN RATIO
LIVE DATES INCLUDING LONDON AND LIVERPOOL
Manchester’s A Certain Ratio, who recently announced a partnership with Mute, have announced a series of dates.
The first, in May for Liverpool Sound City, will be followed by a London performance at Venue 229 on 24 June and a series of European dates through the summer, with more to be announced.
25 May – UK, Liverpool Sound City
24 June – UK, London Venue 229
1 July – IT, Foligno Dancity
3 Aug – NL, Amsterdam Dekmental
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’s Cult Hero status recently:
A Certain Ratio’s myriad influences created their uniquely eclectic sound, one that the band once described as “James Brown on acid”. Some of these influences include Brian Eno, James Brown, Miles Davies, Tower of Power, Airto Moreira, The Velvet Underground, Kraftwerk and Wire, to name a few.
Listen to 4 tracks here: http://smarturl.it/ACRSampler
Watch the short film Tribeca, directed by Michael Shamberg here:
“… all the energy of Joy Division, but with better clothes” – 24 Hour Party People
“…a gorgeous mess, slumped against the back wall of the best dance club in town” – Pitchfork on Sextet
“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
A Certain Ratio – Studio album discography
The Graveyard And The Ballroom (1980)
To Each (1981)
I’d Like To See You Again (1982)
Good Together (1989)
Up In Downsville (1992)
Change The Station (1997)
Mind Made Up (2008)
“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