We're delighted to welcome back legendary Manchester band A Certain Ratio to the Voodoo Rooms for what should be one of the best gigs of 2018, with support from DJ Davie Miller (Fini Tribe).
A Certain Ratio and Mute, continue the reissue campaign that will see all of the Manchester legends catalogue released by the end of 2018 and be consolidated with a new compilation, that contains new tracks and box sets of rare and unreleased material
A Certain Ratio (Jez Kerr, Donald Johnson, Martin Moscrop, Denise Johnson and Tony Quigley) continue to tour, playing, arguably, the best shows of their career, following last year’s incredible sold out hometown performance in Manchester.
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 Jez 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 LCD Soundsystem, Happy Mondays, Franz Ferdinand, ESG, Factory Floor and Andrew Weatherall, who will appear at the band’s sold out Hebden Bridge performance in May.
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".
ACR are part of Manchester musical DNA. Their early eighties records combined the melancholia of fellow travellers Joy Division with a dark funk and were groundbreaking. They were one of the key bands on Factory Records and their story is entwined with all the major moments in the city's music scene. A pre-Smiths Morrissey was a big fan, the Hacienda, and by extension the late eighties indie dance explosion, was patented by the band years before and their records really stand the test of time.
Very much one of the key players in the post punk period, their punk funk has been a key influence through the decades - especially in the past few years where barely a week goes by with out some hipster band from Brooklyn using them as base to their sound.
Tony Wilson adored them and despite avoiding commercial success have become a key influence on many bands from all over the world.
More info at https://www.facebook.com/acertainratio
Advance tickets £19 stbf from Ticketweb, The Voodoo Rooms, Tickets Scotland. Buy online here. Over 18 only.