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Peter Hook And The Light

  • Majestic 115 King Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)

The New Order and Joy Division member comes through to perform songs by both of those outfits. Info/tix

Photo by Paul Hudson on Flickr.

Photo by Paul Hudson on Flickr.

After resolving his legal disputes with his former bandmates, Joy Division and New Order bassist Peter Hook is touring behind an extensive chunk of both bands' groundbreaking post-punk and electronic discography. As a co-writer of many of the songs, Hook keeps the hits and the deep cuts (and even some unreleased goodies) in decent hands. This outfit has issued live performances of entire classic albums (including Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures, and New Order's Movement and Power, Corruption, And Lies), which hold up instrumentally to the originals.

The band, featuring Hook's son, can easily jump from the stark post-punk of early Joy Division tracks to the more lush and catchy New Order songs. Of course, it's not quite the same, especially in the vocal department. Hook's singing is gruff, and he doesn't seem to even attempt the clarity and softness of voice so important to New Order's sound. At any rate, New Order is still around, and I can confirm that their live renditions of their own songs are much better, even as the tracks continue to evolve sonically, while Hook sticks closer to recorded versions. Despite these drawbacks, this show should still be worth it to dedicated fans and those who haven't been lucky enough to catch the real thing. New Order tends to skip cities like Madison anyway. —Reid Kurkerewicz

Earlier Event: May 4
Half Waif, Hovvdy, Alej Perez
Later Event: May 6
Light Years Away (free)