Section 25 > Band History
A full-length biography is available at factorybenelux.com.
Formed in Blackpool (Great Britain) by brothers Larry and Vin Cassidy in 1978. Section 25 were initially mentored by Joy Division, and went on to record four albums for Factory Records between 1980 and 1986. The first of these, Always Now, combined post-punk textures with spacey psychedelia, produced by Martin "Zero" Hannett. Their third, From The Hip, produced in 1984 by New Order's Bernard Sumner, explored electro terrain, and spawned the oft-sampled techno hit Looking From A Hilltop.
After a lengthy hiatus in the late 1980s, Section 25 eventually regrouped to release fifth album Part-Primitiv in 2007. This was followed by Best Of collection Dirty Disco in 2008, and a string of powerful live shows across Europe and America.
Outstanding sixth album Nature + Degree arrived 2009, on which SXXV were joined by Beth Cassidy on vocals and keyboards. Sadly Larry passed away in February 2010, having completed work on new album Retrofit, a revisiting and re-imagining of previous material this was released to great acclaim the following September.
In October 2011 the band released 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 beatmeister Outernationale. The album really is a glorious celebration of hope.
Now recognized as a leading genre band, Section 25 continue to play across the UK,Europe and America. The band contributed three tracks to the Warners/Rhino box set Factory Records: Communications 1978-1992, while the oft re-issued From The Hip was lauded as one of 1000 Albums To Hear Before You Die by The Guardian newspaper. The group also feature prominently in recent definitive Factory biography Shadowplayers.
A few quotes...
"Every band needs a gimmick. And your gimmick is, you don"t have one."
- Rob Gretton
"Why can't all pop music sound this good? Listening to Dark Light 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.The new album displays the bands innate understanding of electronic hook laden pop, underpinned by a subtle techno bpm and refined yet emotive vocals. Dark Light should propel Section 25 deep into the public consciousness.
- Phil Newall, Louder Than War
"I love the new Section 25 single. Pure, raw pop music that brings a massive smile to my face. The most delightful thing I've heard in ages and highly addictive too!"
- Graeme Park
"Those clever bastards from Blackpool."
- Anthony H Wilson
"An amazing band and leagues ahead of everyone else."
- John Robb
"There were only three bands that ever made money on Factory and S25 was one of them."
- Peter Hook
Section 25 in 2013 are Vin Cassidy percussion and vox, Beth Cassidy keyboards and vox, Steve Stringer guitars and programs and Joanna Cassidy keyboards and vox.
Roland TR-303 Bassline
ARIA Pro 2 Bass
VOX AC30 combo
Marshall 100W amplifier & 4x12 cabinet
Emulator (New Order's)
DMX drum machine