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Into a Circle

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Into A Circle (In Two A Circle, In2a0) were formed in April 1985 by Bee (Paul Hampshire) and Barry (Jepson), two former members of Getting the Fear. It was in intention a creative unit, without the restrictions of a ‘band’ format, using music, imagery, poetry and prose to further ideas begun in GTF, taking inspirations from the religious principle, sexual intuition and spiritual insight.

Lyrically and in attitude, they were deeply influenced by poet, artist, writer and philosopher Brion Gysin and his frequent collaborator William S. Burroughs. Particularly in respect to their use of North African folklore (the stories, for instance, of 11th Century Ismaili warrior, Hassan-i-Sabah) and magicial rituals (such as that of the goat-boy-god, Boujeloud.)

After writing and rehearsing for some months the band played their first live date at the Croydon Underground in December ’85, just prior to the release of their first single “Rise”. Following their policy of total control; Bee and Barry did the production, artwork and layouts. Thus achieving a concentration of their purpose and vision previously impossible. This was to be the most important aspect of all Into A Circle recordings, merchandise and visual representation – strict attention to detail and total control. “Rise” quickly sold out (it was a limited pressing of 5,000 copies) and a short tour of England and Scotland followed in March ’86. The band was joined on three dates by Rose McDowall, from Strawberry Switchblade.

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  • hydecrabs

    Love love love 'em

    2 May 2012 Reply
  • Sinister_Fox

    I like their live-stuff more than Assassins, though they both sound great. When I listen to Assassins album, I just have a feeling of new wave or even new romantic bands (not saying anything about singles). It's not bad, but in the live versions those guys really made some deep, dark sounds.

    21 Mar 2012 Reply
  • darkwitch_metal

    "Forever", awesome song!

    3 Dec 2011 Reply
  • ZombieXBoy

    Inside out! AMAZING!

    14 Jun 2011 Reply
  • Ryuu-sama

    Yeah.. rare and forgotten band. Sad, great music.

    3 Nov 2009 Reply
  • Riskkie

    It sure is, my friend. ;)

    14 Oct 2008 Reply
  • Jane_Kahn

    What a cool rare band! :D

    7 Jun 2008 Reply
  • andrewveil

    another great band that seems to have been quite forgotten by most people!

    8 Jan 2008 Reply

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