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Thu 19th Jul at 7:30pm

Factory Star

@ The Thunderbolt, Bristol

Also appearing: At The Heart Of It All

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Factory Star + At The Heart Of It All

Martin Bramah has a helluva history. He swapped places, singer to guitarist in the Fall when Mark E failed to master rudimentary chords. He played on their debut album, the never bettered ‘Live At The Witch Trials’ helping to define their sound. He formed `the cult bands cult band`, Blue Orchids with Una Baines. They backed Nico on a couple of tours in the 80’s and sporadically released low-key masterpieces throughout the decades. He even rejoined the Fall and played on Extricate. And now he’s formed a new band and chosen to start afresh as Factory Star.

The name is perfect – its Manchester, its Warhol, it’s the contrast, the options; working in a factory or become ‘a Star’… or both. Factory Star sound pretty much the same as Blue Orchids to be frank, but they seem to have more of a loose, who-gives-a-fuck attitude and approach. It’s a scrappy, tuneful, wayward post-punk sound yet indebted to the Velvets, the Doors, Seeds and so on; as backward-looking as it is forward-thinking. Lyrically though Bramah is at some kind of precarious peak; baring his soul, telling tales, creating mini-portraits in song of life in Manchester. He moved away and came back it seems.
AT THE HEART OF IT ALL; Bristol based band who play dark, experimental electronic music and have been compared to such bands as Throbbing Gristle, Fuck Buttons, Cabaret Voltaire, Atari Teenage Riot, Wire and Sonic Youth.

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