22 May 2006
Section 25 live @ Over The Edge, Poulton-le-Fylde, 19 May 
The mighty Section 25 came out of retirement with all guns blazing on Friday night in Poulton. The four piece line-up of Larry Cassidy (vocals, bass), Vin Cassidy (drums), Ian Butterworth (guitar) and Roger (guitar, keyboards) took to the stage shortly after 10.30pm before an eager and enthusiastic crowd. The band played a set of mainly early material with a couple of covers of The Ramones and Joy Division ('Shadowplay', the first encore).

Earlier, Kevin Hewick played an amazing set on solo acoustic guitar and regaled us of his time in the Swedish Territorial Army.

Full report and pics to follow.

A big shout out to the Poulton Massive including Andrew, Kirstin, James, Luke, Elliott, Mr & Mrs James, Alex, Robert, Kevin, Larry and Vin.

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"Manchester, 1978. In the beginning there were four: Jez Kerr (bass), Martin Moscrop (guitar/trumpet), Peter Terrel (guitar/effects) and Simon Topping (vocals/trumpet). Four thin boys with a name borrowed from a Brian Eno record, the intense, drummerless quartet initially drew influence from Wire, Eno, the Velvets and Kraftwerk, and gained a manager in Anthony Wilson of Factory Records.

"May 1979 saw the release of their first ACR single, the dark All Night Party, although the sound and musicianship of the band would be transformed by the arrival of funky drummer Donald Johnson (DoJo) in August. Over the next few months the band gigged widely, often with Joy Division as part of Factory packages, and recorded demos with producer Martin Hannett as well as a Peel session. Their support slot with Talking Heads on their UK tour in December 1979 set David Byrne on a new course, and provided the compelling live half of their chic cassette package The Graveyard and the Ballroom. Post-punk, ACR now reflected the influence of Funkadelic, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, The Bar Kays and James Brown."

- intro to ACR Biography by James Nice (LTM)

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