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Star’s Factory past and Giant future

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Issue 11 of A Fine Lung will include an interview with former Space Monkeys front man Richard McNevin-Duff, who’s band were the last to sign to Factory Records.

Rich talks about the band’s experiences on Factory, with many anecdotes about Tony Wilson and life in the music industry. He also reveals how the Space Monkeys had success in America despite limited sales in their own country and what it was like working with Prince Paul and the Rock Steady Crew, while getting recognised in obscure shopping malls in the back of beyond…

He has formed a new band called Giant Star, who release their debut album next week. Here is a piece from today’s Manchester Evening News:

The lead singer of the last band signed by Manchester music legend Tony Wilson is set to make a comeback.

Richard McNevin-Duff has formed new outfit Giant Star, which will release its debut album on Friday, October 18.

Richard was the vocalist with Space Monkeys, the last band to be signed to Wilson’s Factory Records label.

They had a hit single with Sugar Cane in 1997.

The band toured the USA and Europe with rock bands Smash Mouth and Third Eye Blind and recorded the track Drug Soup for the Gwyneth Paltrow film Sliding Doors.

The new group, based in Heywood and Middleton, features Richard on vocals, John Whittaker on guitars and electronics and James Ritchie on keyboards.

The threesome were joined by numerous guest artists for the album, which is called Year of the Snake, which was recorded at Rochdale’s Gracielands Studio.

Denise Johnson, who has recorded with Primal Scream and Electronic, provides guest vocals and former Stone Roses drummer Robbie Maddix plays drums.

Kirsty Almeida, from Rhodes, is also a guest vocalist.


Giant Star have been signed by Hercules Records, a new independent record label based in north Manchester and are celebrating their new album with a launch party at Manchester’s Ruby Lounge, where Richard will perform a short acoustic set and the band will play live.

Their debut single, Happy Pills, was made record of the week by Absolute Radio last month.

Tickets for the launch party, on October 18, are £6.

For more information, visit www.soundcloud.com/giantstar or www.facebook.com/giantstarmusic .

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