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Like all great civilisations, the history of Performance contains blood, love, disease and a great amount of dancing. Record deals and members come and go, but Performance remains. As sure as eggs are eggs, these childhood friends come together every couple of years, only to be torn apart by inter-band romance (2005), drugs (2003), mental illness (2006), an international book deal (2007). It’s a wonder they can even wipe the tears from their eyes each morning. But, in actual fact, they’re fairly cheerful. They’re drawn to each other, like relatives to a funeral. They enjoy the misery and the ecstasy of english pop.

Since releasing their debut album ‘(we are) Performance’ in 2007, the band have been elsewhere. Joe Stretch is an internationally published novelist. He published his debut novel ‘Friction’ (Vintage/Random House) in 2008 and his second, ‘Wildlife’ (Vintage/Random House), in 2009. He is currently working on his third, provisionally titled, ‘One Hit Wonder’.

Joe Cross and Laura Marsden, meanwhile, founded the band Kiss in Cities and are working towards the completion of a debut album. Joe Cross has been working as a producer/songwriter, helping to develop, among others, Hurts (Sony).

Over the past two years they have convened periodically to write and record the second Performance album, ‘Red Brick Heart’. The process was, as ever, a little dramatic. But the results were decent and, having secured a record deal, Performance are exiting their unfortunate lives in order to tweak the nose of the mainstream, after which, no doubt, they will auto-annihilate gleefully and return to their downbeat lives in the suburbs and centre of Manchester.


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  • BlitzMode

    the support for the human league, i like it, great sound

    22 Jun 2011 Reply

    They Are Awesome!

    22 May 2011 Reply
  • harryscoffin

    Could some kind soul please send me the debut album? Cheers.

    28 Jan 2011 Reply
  • JakeyWolf

    How so?

    3 Dec 2010 Reply
  • YouCantHide

    i like the music but the people seem like twats.

    2 Dec 2010 Reply
  • glebperederiy

    and they are from England lol..

    25 Nov 2010 Reply
  • JakeyWolf

    (We Are) Performance and Performance are the same band you morons.

    21 Nov 2010 Reply
  • Cinder_Fella

    Performance - The Living (Mighty Mouse Remix) SOO FUCKIN GOOD!!

    30 Oct 2010 Reply
  • Mr_Styles

    This Last FM profile needs updating a tad...

    8 Oct 2010 Reply
  • gnoufiture

    wrong, they are two different bands. "Performance" is french whereas "(We Are) Performance" is american.

    17 Jul 2010 Reply
  • gabrielpenalva

    The band has changed the name to "Performance", before was "(We Are) Performance".

    19 May 2010 Reply
  • Contrasoma

    The auto-correction on this is rather annoying. There are at least two other bands with the name, so why should all tracks be scrobbled under the Manc band's new name?

    5 Mar 2010 Reply
  • AlbanZap

    I remember about 2 years ago you gave vandals for free on itunes, since den, been addicted. - wtf not top ten, it's loverlingylyling

    2 Apr 2009 Reply
  • jstckr

    Pilotes is insanely good. There must be an album somewhere... :(

    11 Feb 2009 Reply
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    9 Mar 2008 Reply
  • footandmaff

    I take it all back, the album was waiting for me this morning after seeing the band last night. Personalised and everything, how exciting! I never thought that this day would come.

    21 Jun 2007 Reply
  • Mr_Fran

    18th June.

    5 Jun 2007 Reply
  • footandmaff

    I'll believe it when the album in in my big sweaty hand. I've been waiting for three years for that album and each release they tease us saying it'll be out sooner than we think.

    29 May 2007 Reply
  • miss_moto

    (We Are) Performance Album and tour. excited?

    18 Apr 2007 Reply
  • miss_moto

    i've got some good stuff on here:

    21 Feb 2007 Reply
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