Formed in Blackpool (UK) by brothers Larry and Vin Cassidy in 1978, the band were initially mentored by Joy Division, and went on to record four albums with Factory Records. The first of these, Always Now, offered Krautrock and psychedelia produced by Martin 'Zero' Hannett. Their third, From The Hip, produced in 1984 by Bernard Sumner of New Order, explored techno and electronica, and spawned the oft-sampled club hit Looking From A Hilltop. Now recognized as a leading genre band, three Section 25 tracks were included in the recent Warners box set Factory Records: Communications 1978-1992, with From The Hip lauded as one of '1000 albums to hear before you die' by The Guardian newspaper.
After a decade apart, Section 25 released Part-Primitiv in 2007 and Nature + Degree in 2009, as well as playing a string of powerful live shows across Europe and America. Retrofit was recorded before the untimely death of Larry Cassidy in February 2010, and sees the group revisit 10 key tracks from their estimable back catalogue, remade and remodelled using new technology, and closing with a compelling remix of Looking From A Hilltop by New Order member Stephen Morris.
In October 2011 the band release Invicta on Hacienda Records,a 4 track EP
February 2013 sees the joining of Jo Cassidy on backing vocals and the release on the Factory Benelux label of the seventh studio album Dark Light. A gorgeous slice of sinuously crafted dark pop produced by Celtic beitmeister Outernationale.The album really is a glorious celebration of hope.
Recorded in 2012, Dark Light is their first collection of new material since the tragic loss of co founder Larry Cassidy in 2010, and marks a return to the smooth electro and synth-pop textures first explored on their seminal 1984 album From the Hip. These echoes are amplified by the presence of co-vocalists Beth and new arrival Jo Cassidy, and a sublime cover image by iconic and legendary graphic artist/designer Peter Saville.
Much of Dark Light was produced in collaboration with remixer Derek Miller (aka Celtic Beitmeisters ‘Outernationale’), and includes new versions of recent single tracks Colour Movement Sex & Violence and Inner Drive. Other stand-out cuts include future pop classic My Outrage c/w otherwise unavailable track ‘Hinterland. which will also be made available as a limited edition 7” single (7 FBN 62) to mark World Record Store Day in April 2013.
Section 25 in 2013 are: Vin Cassidy, Bethany Cassidy, Steve Stringer and Joanna Cassidy.
“Metamorphosing from the most nihilistic group ever into progenitors of House, Blackpool’s SXXV are, inevitably, one of THE groups of this very post-punk moment” (Chris Bohn, The Wire magazine)
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|27 May 2013||MINIMAL MAXIMAL presents : SECTION 25 “Invicta Max” MM011|