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Fucked In The Head
A Graduate From Boredom

SECTION 25 Hymns From The Bardo

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Section 25 formed in Blackpool,UK in November 1977. Initially they were a duo, consisting of brothers Larry Cassidy and Vincent Cassidy). In June 1978 they made their live debut with Phil Denton on guitar. Their debut 7", "Girls Don't Count", was released in July 1980 on Factory Records, produced by Ian Curtis and Rob Gretton of Joy Division. Joined by percussionist Lee Shallcross, Section 25 gradually evolved with a more electronic-dance direction from 1983 onwards, a process which culminated in the album From the Hip and remix single "Looking From A Hilltop", both released in 1984 and produced by Bernard Sumner of New Order. This second iteration of the band also featured the Cassidy brothers' sister Angela Flowers and Larry Cassidy's wife Jenny Ross. In 1986 Section 25 fell silent for more than a decade, and reemerged with the album Part Primitiv in 2006. On 27 February 2010, it was announced that founding member, singer, and bass player for the group, Larry Cassidy, had died at the age of 56. Today, Section 25 consist of Vin Cassidy and long-time collaborator Steven Stringer. Hymns From The Bardo is a collection of archival concert recordings and is the sister album to Jams From The Bardo released last year. A delicacy for all fans of the early days of Section 25 and Factory Records. Full tracklist: 1. Fucked In The Head 2. A Graduate From Boredom 3. Bourgeoise Breakdown 4. Unknown 5. Scary Movie 6. Mirror 7. Babies In The Bardo 8. Inside Out 9. Haunted 10. Open Those Eyes 11. Zone Zero 12. What You’re Waiting For 13. So Low 14. Falling 15. Regions. Price: € 18,-/copy incl. worldwide shipping.

As you would maybe expect from the live recordings made forty years ago of a then unsigned band, the quality is rough and ready, yet there is an atmosphere that comes with it that has the power to draw you back to the period. The opening Fucked In The Head is a tremendous piece of post-punk frustration, which wouldnt sound out of place on compilations from the era. With only a couple of the tracks later being recorded for official releases, it will be of great interest to fans of the band. As with last year’s release, the collection is a real treasure trove and an essential document of a time and place long since passed.
(Louder Than War, November 2022)