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New order played by a old friend, and the darkness of Division of joy in one way or another brilliant bright and almost happy- Peter Hook and the light played their Substance: new order and Joy Division in a crowded main hall last week at First Avenue.
DJ Jake Rudh
The broadcast of pre-show pre-show video clips and intermission music was local. DJ Jake Rudh of Transmission. It should come as no surprise that Rudh was there, as the title of his dance club night and weekly radio show is named after Division of joy Single.
Rudh’s generally played music videos are typical of late 70s / early 80s MTV and underground artists … but he still works in a lot more David Bowie videos in his recent lineup (this was also the case when he was DJ for the weak last month as well), still a major influence on him.
Peter Hook and the light (Jack Bates, Paul Kehoe, Andy Poole and David Potts), as promised, performed both Substance albums of New order and Division of joy in their entirety. Both of these releases were compilations of singles (which also included a few rare B-sides), so essentially it was a two-hit show covering its former bands.
The turnout for the show was pretty amazing for Sunday night, with mostly fans in the ’30s and’ 40s. For fans of New Order and especially Joy Division, seeing Peter Hook & the Light may be the only way for them. to hear some of those classic songs live. With a single “Evenin” uttered by Hooky, the first ninety minute set was launched with “Lonesome Tonight” from 1984.
Although the band has only been around for six years (after a not-so-pleasant breakup with New Order), Hooky plays with a very familiar company since Kehoe, Poole, and Pottsy were all with him in the previous band. Monaco and Bates, who played the majority of the basslines, is Hook’s own son.
Hooky himself sang most of the songs with a midrange voice that suited both eras of the band, although less nuanced than Bernard sumner, less gothic and dark than Ian Curtis. He played bass like a master butcher, cutting the most chosen cuts, or a sought-after surgeon, stepping forward to make the biggest impression with a solo, then stepping back and letting the band finish.
No one plays bass like Hook and it was obvious from those early songs that New Order probably needed him, that vice versa, although he seems to be doing fine as is and the sixty-year-old has still remarkable endurance to play. a three-hour show regularly.
Hook’s characteristic bass lines were evident from the start, from the first single “Ceremony” to the classic “Temptation”. As the musical time machine moved through the more electronic times of New Order, drummer Kehoe would often apologize as a drum machine took over and Hook’s basslines got higher and more melodic. , to compete with all electronics.
The latter half of the first set received the most response from the crowd, as it represented the period when New Order’s music was most on radio, in movies, and other media, and most accessible to the general public. The punch of “Bizarre Love Triangle” and “True Faith” was true to their originals and breathtaking to hear live back to back, with a somewhat deep cut, “1963” (a b-side of True faith) ending the first series.
Although the tone of the show drastically changed after the intermission, with the band reappearing to cover the Division of joy left for the next hour, it was no less dancing and the darkness never held so much light, as the songs played out one after the other.
Opening up to the grim “No Love Lost” which started out slowly before exploding into post-punk darkness, Hooky’s voice grew fiercer and more pronounced as he recreated the somewhat simple basslines that were ‘he had played for the first time forty years before. Two more pieces of An Ideal for Living, their 1978 debut EP would follow soon, and with similar effective results.
The darkness would prove too inviting for anyone to resist as the last half of the set was filled with one classic from the next – screams of “dance, dance, dance on the radio” on “Transmission”, at the anchor. from Hooky’s signature bassline ‘She’s Lost Control’, to screams of ‘they keep calling me’ on ‘Dead Souls’.
A rumbling “atmosphere” was dedicated to the end Prince by Hook, fully aware that he was standing in one place, so much Minneapolis music history has been written, with his “walk in silence, don’t walk away, in silence see the danger” taking on new meanings.
With a greeting “Happy Halloween” start from Hook, he took one last deep breath and turned the page on his pulpit notes to “play something spooky”, ending the show with “Love Will Tear Us Apart”, and Hook pointing at various members of the crowd during each of the choruses as that signature bass riff echoed through the old bus terminal.
Taking us all on a journey through time of almost three hours, spanning over thirty years, Peter Hook and the light reminded everyone why he is the legendary bassist that he is, and why there is still substance in his music. This is a show you can’t miss, if it plays anywhere near your city.