Factory Acts are a Salford-based post-punk, dark-electro, genre-busting duo. They exist at the edge of the analogue-digital divide, sometimes dreaming, always dancing.
They are SoS (aka Susan O’Shea, from Cork, Ireland) on vocals, synths and analogue digital devices, and Matt Davies covering bass, beats and magical mixes. Factory Acts was born following the accidental creation of a new sound, and a hastily written two song instrumental debut at the famous Salford Lad’s Club. They hit the local gig circuit quickly.
Factory Acts released their first full-length EP, Thirst, on 4th July 2014 via Manchester-based independent label AnalogueTrash. It featured four stand-out tracks of analogue-electronics that combined esoteric and haunting vocals with pulsating, otherworldly beats and rhythms.
Since then the band have gone from strength to strength, with 2017 seeing them release the politically forthright and electrically charged Second Amendment EP. The EP featured Leave the World to Us, chosen by Salford City Radio DJ Stephen Doyle as his Number One track of 2017 on his Sonic Diary Radio Show. Rumour has it that if Danny Boyle had directed the next James Bond film as was originally planned, Leave the World to Us would have been a contender for the theme tune. That rumour has yet to be confirmed though…. by anyone! The Second Amendment EP also included live favourites Signal, Ants, and AWG – a blistering commentary that tackled the complex and contradictory belief system behind American gun culture.
Late 2018 saw the arrival of the successful sonic experiment that was the 15 minute-long Are You the Singer? (released on cassette for International Cassette Store Day). Here, the band drew together diverse but complementary musical strands including the rhythms and basslines of Detroit gay clubs and Madchester bacchanalia.
Socially conscious and proudly political, Factory Act’s inspired and inspirational sounds will leave you wanting more.