A Welcome return this evening for ACR bass player Jez Kerr and his band. His new album Numb Mouth Eat Waste is released now on Higuera Records.
A Certain Ratio, (ACR) was formed in Manchester in 1977 with three friends - Simon Topping, Peter Terrell and Martin Moscrop - who bonded over a shared love of Northern soul, Kraftwerk and Brian Eno, taking their name from a line in the Eno song A True Wheel. Signed for pretty much all of their career to Factory and then Rob's Records, their repertoire includes classics like "Shack Up", "Won't Stop Loving You", "Wild Party" and "27 Forever".
Jez is the only member who remains a full-time musician. This has prompted a collection of songs written based on Jez's earlier more gritty and punky influences and, for the first time in 30 years, without ACR in mind. A digital-only single, Play Sumthing Fast, was released by Welsh valleys-based indie Higuera Records earlier this year, and another, Rip You Right Back came out at the end of May.