Manchester video makers Luke Logan (director) and Joe Vickers (producer) created the psychedelic video, which opens at Stockport Plaza outside Manchester, England. ACR explain, “We wanted it to be set in the ’70s so we invited ACR fans to dress up and become part of the video. Among the extras that turned up were Calder Valley’s finest The Lounge Society and Lee from Manchester’s Heavy Salad. They arrived as funkateers, punks, soul boys and girls, hippies, post punks and prog rockers – and everyone looked amazing. The video is about overdoing it on a night out and trying to keep it together.”
“Keep It Together” is the latest track to be taken from the forthcoming ACR:EPA, out May 7 on Mute. The four-track EP centers on a jam session recorded last year with Denise Johnson – sessions that unexpectedly became their last together after the much-loved and much-missed artist passed away several months later.
Back in early March 2020, ACR gathered at Oxygene in Salford for an informal weekend of studio time. With no fixed agenda and no preconceived ideas, the band – Martin Moscrop, Jez Kerr, Donald Johnson, Denise Johnson, Anthony Quigley and Matt Steele – entered the studio in part to celebrate completing the mix of their first new album in over a decade.
The sessions that followed are unmistakably ACR: the energy and chemistry of the band evokes the unbridled joy of their live performances, and the effortless fusing of genre that has become their trademark.
“We’re so happy with the results and the outcome and hopefully this release gives an insight into how much fun and energy Denise would always bring to a session when we recorded together.” – ACR
ACR are due to appear at the Wide Awake Festival in September and later this year, will be continuing their run of unmissable dates with a winter tour. See a full itinerary below.
1. Wonderland (Jam 6)
2. Keep It Together (Jam 5)
3. Down and Dirty (Jam 2)
4. Feel No Fear (Jam 1)
ACR LIVE 2021
June 18 – Warwickshire, England – Big Foot Festival
September 3 – London England – Wide Awake Festival @ Brockwell Park
September 11 – Liverpool, England – Futurama Festival
November 3 – Huddersfield, England – The Parish
November 4 – Newcastle, England – St. Dom’s Social Club
November 5 – Manchester, England – Gorilla
November 6 – Stoke on Trent, England – The Sugarmill
November 7 – York, England – The Crescent
November 9 – Birmingham, England – Hare & Hounds
November 10 – Southampton, England – Engine Rooms
November 11 – Brighton, England – CHALK (formerly The Haunt)
November 12 – Bristol, England – The Exchange
November 13 – London, England – EartH
November 15 – Preston, England – The Ferrett
November 16 – Leeds, England – The Warehouse
November 17 – Glasgow, Scotland – King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut