Section 25
“Invicta” EP Hacienda Records (HAC 010)

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Released Monday 3rd October 2011 via Hacienda Records
General release 17th October 2011

Section 25 return with the first new material since the tragic death of vocalist and co-founder Larry Cassidy in January 2010 (LTW interview) ”“ vocal duties are now being deftly handled by Cassidy’s daughter Bethany.

Why can’t all pop music sound this good? Listening to ”˜Colour, Movement, Sex & Violence’ reaffirmed that music has the power to enrich, the power to lift the spirit ”“ this really does fill you with a warm rosy glow, and compels you in an almost infantile fashion to spin around on some imagined dance floor. Its pure polished ”˜Factory’ dance music, swirling synths, motorik beats – like the very best bits of New Order though with Bethany’s semi childlike vocal it’s as if they were blended with Ladytron ”“ glorious!

”˜Inner Drive’ remains firmly on the dance floor, but is an incessant bass driven, more post punk funk number with Bethany’s vocals sharing space with bassist Stuart Hill ”“ certainly harking back to the Section 25 of old, though written from a current perspective.
The download only EP displays the bands innate understanding of electronic hook laden pop, underpinned by a subtle techno bpm and refined yet emotive vocals – ”˜Colour, Movement, Sex & Violence’ should propel Section 25 deep into the public consciousness ”“ the only shame being that Larry Cassidy will not be around to see his vision realised.

Section 25 have a number of live dates coming up;

Saturday 8th October – The Factory, Manchester

Thursday 17th November – Mojo, Wilmington, USA
Friday 18th November – The Ottobar, Baltimore, USA
Saturday 19th November – Secret Project Robot, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Sunday 20th November – TT The Bears, Cambridge, Boston, USA

Saturday 17th Dec – BIM Festival 2011, Antwerp, Belgium.

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Phil Newall is 47, from The Wirral - he earns his living not writing about music nor playing music...though sorely wishes he could. He was fortunate enough to see many of the first generation punk bands when they played the U18's matinee shows at Eric's, Liverpool. As an attendee at Eric's he was exposed to punk rock, dub reggae, art rock, and all manner of weirdness; as a customer at Probe Records he was variously served and scowled at by Pete Wylie and Pete Burns - he has written for Record Collector, Whisperin & Hollerin, and Spiral Scratch and wanted to write a book detailing the Liverpool punk scene; however with 'Head-On' Julian Cope beat him to it...and frankly did a much better job.

4 COMMENTS

  1. […] A piece of classic pop from a band that has been around for 34 years making a variation of melancholic pop and dark underground psychodrama on the underground. Then their driving force and singer dies, they then get his daughter into sing full time and somehow regroup and come back with one of the best pop singles of the year and stand on the verge of having a proper hit with their single \’Colour, Movement, Sex And Violence\’ (LTW review) […]

  2. […] Guests at either concert are new Hacienda Records artists, Super White Assassin (Fri 18th Nov) who are set to release their debut 4 Track EP “In Formation” on the label in January 2012 and also the long term Factory Records stalwarts Section 25, who play Saturday 18th November showcasing both classic material and their recent “Invicta” EP released last month by the label (LTW review) […]

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