24 May 2012Peter Saville for Castlefield Gallery
The Gallery has already received a large number of spectacular drawings, sculptures, photographs and paintings from artists such as Mark Leckey (Turner Prize 2008 winner), Haroon Mirza (Silver Lion, Venice Biennale 2011), David Shrigley and Liam Spencer. Every artist is donating 100% of the auction sales proceeds to the Gallery.
Peter Saville's contribution is a signed artist's proof lithograph on paper of the artwork produced for the reissue of Unknown Pleasures by Joy Division.
The auctioneer will be highly respected artist and teacher Professor Pavel Büchler of Manchester Metropolitan University, assisted by Stephen Snoddy, Director, The New Art Gallery Walsall. Plus lending his support to the auction will be special guest, author, DJ and journalist, Dave Haslam.
Meanwhile, the previously-announced X.O.Dus 6 July comeback show at Fort Perch Rock will be filmed for a future dvd.
Peter Saville has 'digitally remastered' his original cover design with help from Matthew Robertson and Idea Digital.
1. The Process
2. Looking From A Hilltop
4. Prepare To Live
5. Program For Light
7. Beneath The Blade
1. Looking From A Hilltop (Megamix)
2. Looking From A Hilltop (Stephen Morris Mix)
Although original vocalists Larry and Jenny Cassidy have sadly passed away, Section 25 continue to perform and record in 2012 with work on a new album ongoing. Fronted by founder member Vin Cassidy, along with Beth Cassidy (daughter of Larry and Jenny) on vocals and keyboards they are joined by Steven Stringer on guitar and keyboards & Stuart Hill on keyboards. The band brings their retro-futurism to selected live dates throughout 2012:
29 May - Leadmill, Sheffield (with Peter Hook and The Light)
1 June - Islington 02 Academy, London (with Peter Hook and The Light)
1 July - DV8 Festival, York
25 Oct - Band On The Wall, Manchester (co-headlining with X-O-Dus)
10 Nov - Wroclaw Festival, Poland
23 May 2012HAC XXX 1X
There were no half measures: permissions were sought from the management company and residents of an entire apartment block; parking spaces were rented across the road to create the space; council licences were granted; an impressive PA, stage, light show, bar and (a generous supply of) portaloos installed; (Greg) Wilson, Hook, Haslam, DaSilva and Park were booked; and all for 500 invited guests paying GBP 10.00 each to charity.
The Old Order were, of course, famous for such philanthropic displays of largesse.
20 May 2012Joy Division - Le Terme?
The set matched the disjointed original album perfectly: powerful and previously unreleased/overlooked Joy Division tracks (The Only Mistake, Something Must Break) were added to The Light's now-enormous repertoire whilst earlier Warsaw tracks (The Kill, Walked In Line) and the Velvet cover version (Sister Ray) were added for completeness.
But it's the crossover points, when tracks from the Unknown Pleasures and Closer shows - now honed to powerful near-perfection through constant touring to obscure, surprised and eternally grateful foreign audiences - drop almost randomly into the set, that the band comes alive and the place explodes in mass catharsis.
The best is saved for last, though, with an excursion into New (Order) territory - 12 bass strings combine for The Him, Dreams Never End and a sublime Doubts Even Here.
The Light are alternating Unknown Pleasures and Closer around the UK in the next few weeks, then beyond. Festival headline/own tent stuff. Must see.
12 May 2012Section 25 live at DV8Fest York 1 July
Post punk cult band The Names emerged in the winter of 1977-1978 as The Passengers, gathering immediate attention on the local Brussels scene. In 1979, after a series of successful gigs and a crucial step forward opening for Magazine, they recorded their first E.P. ("Spectators Of Life") and attracted the interest of prominent label Factory Records in Manchester.
Their first British studio session (at Stockport's Strawberry Studio) produced the single "Nightshift" / "I Wish I Could Speak Your Language (Fac 29). Receiving enthusiastic reviews in the UK and abroad, it marked the start of a long and fruitful collaboration with producer Martin Hannett. The album "Swimming" followed as well as more singles, including "Calcutta" and "The Astronaut".
- extract from the official website biography