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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Factory Star

The Fall are true Mancunian post-punk legends and in their earlier days in the late '70s, were touring partners and pals of The Distractions (Arthur Kadmon played briefly for both bands).  "The Distractions latched strongly onto The Fall, and, to some extent, the respect was proven to be mutual [1]."  Mark E Smith: "I like the Distractions, because they're like a paradox to us [2]."

Founder members of The Fall were the legendary Mark E Smith and Martin Bramah, who later went on to found the Blue Orchids and release some classic records.  A return to The Fall and another Blue Orchids incarnation was followed by the formation of Martin's new band, Factory Star.  Occultation Recordings are proud to welcome Factory Star to the label, and this weekend sees the band in Parr Street Studios in Liverpool recording their debut album, due for release in March.

1. The Fall, Mick Middles & Mark E Smith (2003).
2. RTE Ireland's Dave Fanning show, 1980 http://gcoleman.tripod.com/sixplus.html.


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