Higuera Records 2nd Birthday Celebrations
Thursday 16th November
Featuring Jez Kerr & Sophie Bond
Higuera Records 2nd birthday party brings A Certain Ratio’s Jez Kerr and local favourite Sophie Bond to Telfords.
Jez Kerr is bass guitarist, songwriter and vocalist of A Certain Ratio, the band he 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”. ACR’s cult following and appeal has never dimmed with Soul Jazz Recordings re-issuing ACR’s early albums in the Noughties. However, Kerr is the only member who remains a full-time musician. A digital-only single, Play Sumthing Fast, was released by Wrexham based indie Higuera Records earlier this year, and another, Rip You Right Back came out at the end of May, with his debut solo album Numb Mouth Eat Waste released 12th September. “The singles sound distinctly Mancunian; Kerr’s vocals are gentle verging on tentative, the rhythmic drive of the songs is almost a throwback to early Joy Division, the guitars grind and mesh in a way that echoes the very earliest ACR records, yet everything manages to sound much brighter and more upbeat than the sum of its parts might suggest. Kraftwerk meets the Buzzcocks” Paul McGee, The Word magazine. He’s recently performed his first ever London solo show with a band that featured ex-Fall, Stone Roses, The Smiths and Ian Brown drummer Simon Wolstencroft, Gareth Smith from 6music favourites Stranger Son on keyboards, and The Treatment Organisation’s Keo Martin on guitar. A well received session for Marc Riley’s Radio 6 Music show in January saw 4 tracks broadcast across the national network and The band were in again for another live Marc Riley 6music session on September 14th both sessions brought critical nods and acclaim.
Sophie Bond is the Cheshire based Country singing YouTube and X factor phenomenon. She progressed through this years X factor competition to the final stages of Boot Camp. Gary Barlow said, “Three words..I..Love You..” After a standing ovation at a full to capacity Echo Arena in Liverpool she headed to Wembley Arena and progressed through 3 more rounds before going out in the live final of Boot camp. Sophie headed home, put the backing tapes away and formed her own band. The result being one of the tightest coolest bands in the North West. Her YouTube videos have attracted over 170,000 hits in a month and Tonight Sophie performs an acoustic set to celebrate her new record labels 2nd birthday.