Band’s back on the road

Section 25 - the 2011 line-up
Section 25 - the 2011 line-up
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Legendary Blackpool band Section 25’s latest line-up is back with a new release and a new tour.

The four track EP Invicta contains two mixes each of Colour, Movement, Sex And Violence and Inner Drive – both exclusively released for the first time by Hacienda Records, a new label established by New Order’s Peter Hook.

It’s their first all new material since the sad passing of lead singer and founder member Larry Cassidy in January last year, and features Larry’s daughter Bethany taking over permanently on vocals.

The EP displays Section 25’s deft and graceful touch of electronically inspired pop music with catchy hooks, a sense of techno and nu beat styles capped by emotive vocals and the very best of musicianship.

A video is also set to be released for Colour, Movement, Sex And Violence.

Originally formed in 1978, Section 25 quickly gathered an enthusiastic and highly devoted fan base, both in the North West and further afield. Two years later, in 1980, they released their first single on Factory Records and their early producers included the likes of Ian Curtis and Martin Hannett.

The singles, including Girls Don’t Count, Charnel Ground, The Beast and club hit Looking From A Hilltop received rave reviews from the music press and fans alike.

The band’s most popular album on Factory Records – From The Hip – was released in 1984 and then Love And Hate followed in 1988.

The band then went mysteriously silent during the 90s, although all of the albums were reissued, until 2006 when the band re-grouped and toured Europe.

With the tour being exceptionally well received, the band then decided to record a new album, named Retrofit, featuring vocals by Bethany.

However, just before the album was released lead singer and co-founder member Larry Cassidy passed away. Retrofit was released in dedication to his memory and the band mulled over the future of Section 25.

It was decided that the band should carry on with Bethany as permanent vocalist.

The Invicta EP is released via with the wider release across itunes, Spotify and all other major online sites on October 17.

A tour accompanying the release sees them performing at The Factory, 112-118 Princess Street, Manchester, tomorrow night (details 0161 2727251 or www.factorymanchester. com).