Neptune Theatre University District
Tues Nov 5, 8 pm All Ages
Recommended by Dave Segal
Peter Hook is going to milk his legendary legacy with Joy Division and New Order for as long as he wants, and nobody can stop him—not even former bandmates Bernard Sumner, Gillian Gilbert, and Stephen Morris, who are not thrilled with their former bassist’s activities. Nevertheless, with his son Jack Bates on bass, Hook has made a solid living re-creating, in the flesh and in their entirety, albums by Joy Division and New Order. Hook is now methodically plowing through the latter group's catalog, with this tour encompassing 1989's Technique and 1993's Republic. The former reveals New Order's predilection for Balearic-beat and acid-house influences, while the latter is slick dance-pop—far from the bracing, brooding rock of New Order's first two LPs. Before tackling these records, Hook and company will dust off some classic Joy Division tunes, many of which represent a pinnacle of bleak post-punk. Warning: Hook's singing makes Sumner's sounds like Ian Curtis's.