January 28th 2012
After a blistering set by the mighty AAAK, the scene was set for Section 25 to take the stage at a ram packed humid night in Manchester’s Gulliver’s venue.
The band went straight into a thumping version of ‘Beating Heart’, sounding as if it were only written a few day’s ago, such is
the brilliance of the contemporary reworked version, and it certainly grabbed the crowds attention.
‘Garageland’ followed, and is a faithful rendition to the version heard on the band’s ‘Retrofit’ album, maintaining the high octane
level of excitement set by the opener.
‘Desert’, which is a classic off the ‘From The Hip’ album is next, and reveals just how angelic a voice Bethany Cassidy has, as well as having some considerable talent for the keyboards, effortlessly picking out the song’s delicate melody.
“Here’s Vinny’s vocal debut” say’s Beth, “this one’s called Inner Drive”.
No sooner has she announced this, the crowd burst into enthusiastic chants of praise. The groove is a monster and Vinny Cassidys vocal interjections alongside Bethany reminded me of her mother Jenny, and father Larry, equally as moving, infact all the more moving considering the band’s troubled history.
Next song up, and another new one, “Colour, Movement Sex and Violence”, the lead track from the band’s latest EP, ‘Invicta’ (LTW review) is an infectious pop song, although in its live form it certainly has a harder edge.
The applause was incredible after this song, and Bethany’s smile showed just how appreciative she was that the audience were loving the new material.
Slowing things down a little was ‘The Process’, sounding even better than on ‘Retrofit’.
‘Wretch’, one of the bands fiercest sounding songs arrives like a sonic explosion, sounding tougher and literally raising the hair’s on the back of the neck, just like it did in it’s original form on the album ‘The Key Of Dreams’ in the early 80s.
As the evening drew to a close, life long fans were treated to the masterful ‘Dirty Disco’, sounding sublime it was certainly the evening’s most delightful treat.
And with that, the band were gone, disappearing to the dressing room.
Chants for an encore, and play ‘From A Hilltop’ abound, but Section 25 had done their business for the night, and what a night it was.