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Added 29th June 2010 by granata



The first Distractions recording session for almost 30 years got underway at Parr Street Studios in Liverpool at 10 a.m. on Wednesday 16th June 2010. The goal was a new Distractions single which will come out on Occultation hopefully later this year and the line-up was:

Mike Finney (original Distraction, pictured): vocals
Steve Perrin (original Distraction, pictured): guitar, vocals, tambourine
Nick Garside: bass
Nick Halliwell: guitar, vocals
Stuart Mann: drums
Richard Turvey: piano, organ

Three songs were recorded, two written by Steve Perrin, a new one called "Lost" plus a completely revamped version of "Nicole", originally written for (and demoed by) his post-Distractions band The Escape Committee, plus "Oil Painting", written by Nick Halliwell of The Granite Shore. All three tracks were recorded live, without a click track and with Mike singing guide vocals, then minimal overdubs (including some fine piano and organ work by Richard Turvey of The Wild Swans) and vocals were added. Credit to Steve (New Zealand) and Nick Garside (USA) who went to great lengths to make this reunion possible. Mr Finney is in very, very fine voice... It really is great to have them back.

The Distractions - one of THE forgotten bands of Manchester, despite them being regular support for Joy Division, and releasing the classic FAC12 single, "Time Goes By So Slow" - are releasing new material for the first time in almost 30 years. Keep an eye out for the following new releases which will be out later in 2010 on Occultation (

- "Black Velvet" EP (download only)

- "Nothing" compilation CD, featuring a dozen tracks from TJM Records debut EP, FAC12 and the 1995 material. Plus extensive sleeve notes from David Quantick with input from the likes of Kevin Cummins, Mick Middles, Liz Naylor, Cath Carroll, Kevin Hewick, Tracey Thorn and the band.

- "Lost" single b/w "Nicole" and "Oil Painting" (format TDB but vinyl & CD a possibility).

Latest Discussion

“The Distractions are back with their 'Black Velvet' EP available for digital download with a limited number of CD promos. See Occultation Recordings website ( for details of how to order, and keep an eye on for news of the forthcoming 12" single and CD album in 2011.”
22 Aug 2010
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