Formed from the ashes of legendary post/punk outfit Getting The Fear, Into A Circle AKA In2a0 was founded by members Paul “Bee” Hampshire and Barry Jepson in 1985. Barry was prior to being in Getting The Fear a founding member of Southern Death Cult.
Supporting Nico at their first ever show, the duo’s genre-twisting sound and striking aesthetic (Bee clad in a clear-plastic junkie spacesuit by Vivienne Westwood designer Murray Blewitt), Bee & Barry made an impressive mark from the moment-go. Signing to the Arcadia label, Into A Circle issued their debut single “Rise” soon after which featured backing vocals from Rose McDowall (Strawberry Switchblade), which shot straight to No. 5 position in the UK Indie Singles Chart.
Signing to Abstract Records in July 1986, Into A Circle released the Top-20 Indie Chart denting ‘Inside Out’ EP, which featured input from Billy Morrison (who would later go-on to play guitar for Robbie Williams, Black Sabbath and Billy Idol).
The band released their trail-blazing debut album ‘Assassins’ in 1988, co-produced by Larry Steinbachek of Bronski Beat. Exploring themes of literature, theology, animism, sex, and spirituality, the album charted at No.7 in the Indie Charts and harvested the singles “Forever” (ft. Rose McDowall) and “Evergreen”, both of which also dented the Top 10.
Working with Viv Albertine (of The Slits) on an MV for “Evergreen”, Into A Circle also began incorporating further visual projections into the live gigs that followed. With additional guests including ‘Crass’ collaborator Annie Anxiety and Rose McDowall, Into A Circle embarked on their final tour in Autumn of 1989.
Breaking a 33 year hiatus, in 2021 Into A Circle have announced their long awaited return to music. Reforming for a very limited and exclusive series of shows, with the added promise of new material too, fans of the noir new wave band will be able to catch the original line up of Bee and Barry back together in 2022.