Peter Hook & The Light Announce Cardiff Show For Debut Concerts Of New Order’s “Low Life (1985)” & “Brotherhood” (1986)

Posted on Wednesday, 2 July 2014

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Peter Hook & The Light Announce Cardiff Show For Debut Concerts Of New Order’s “Low Life (1985)” & “Brotherhood” (1986)

Plus An Opening Set Of Joy Division Material September 2014

Concerts Feature All Material 1983 - 1987

“From Confusion To True Faith”

“This is New Order reinvigorated, reenergized; Hooky has arguably reclaimed the songs and is delivering them with heart and soul." Louder Than War

Weds 24th Sept 2014 Glee Club, Cardiff (Warm Up Show)

Thurs 25th Sept 2014 The Ritz, Manchester

Sat 27th Sept 2014 Shepherds Bush Empire, London

Tickets - Cardiff

Manc / London

In advance of their London and Manchester shows performing New Order’s third and fourth albums, “Low Life” and Brotherhood” for the first time in September 2014, Peter Hook & The Light are to return to Cardiff for their third warm up show in the city, Wednesday 24th September at Glee Club.

Having played to sold out crowds at Clwb Ifor Bach in January 2013, the band’s first ever “Movement”/”Power, Corruption & Lies” performance as well as in Cardiff, The Light then performed Joy Division’s two albums at The Globe, prior to their trip to China this Spring so the band’s gig continues the band’s run of warm ups in the Welsh capital.

In addition to the band performing an opening set of Joy Division material, the full album shows will include the singles and B-sides from New Order’s most prolific period from August 1983 up to 1987, taking the audience from “Confusion” to “True Faith”.

With both “Low Life” and “Brotherhood” performed in full, the shows will also include the other tracks from arguably New Order’s greatest period taking in Thieves Like Us” “Bizarre Love Triangle”, “The Perfect Kiss”, alongside album tracks such as “Elegia”, “Sooner Than You Think”, “Paradise”, and “Every Second Counts”.

Marking the high period of New Order artistically, the critical plaudits heaped upon “Power, Corruption & Lies” were followed by similar notices for “Low Life” and “Brotherhood”. Considered as a trio, the band’s greatest albums which were achieved through a period of intense hard work which brought significant results and advancements. Having raised their profile with “Blue Monday”, still the biggest ever selling 12” in history, the band continued to define their status with their diffident attitude to promotion, Peter Saville’s iconic design and their disregard of mid Eighties video culture and the MTV generation.

With FAC 51 The Hacienda Club open in Manchester, the band decamped to New York in 1983 to work with Arthur Baker, who co-wrote and produced the first two singles from the period “Confusion" and "Thieves Like Us".

Releasing “Low Life” in 1985 alongside epic single “The Perfect Kiss”, whose 9 minute 12 inch mix, full of peaks and troughs is considered one of the best of the decade. The romantic club sounds of Low Life and its playful sense of humour has made many regard it as New Order’s most complete single album. Aside from the singles, the album contains many great records that have entered the canon, including “This Time Of Night”, “Sunrise”,Elegia”, “Sooner Than You Think”, and the album’s closer “Face Up”, an energetic and euphoric club track.

With the band now signed to Quincy Jones’ Qwest label in the States, they began to tour internationally to ever increasing capacities. Their transatlantic success underlined by the appearance of songs “Elegia” “Thieves Like Us” and “Shellshock” on John Hughes “Pretty In Pink” Film Soundtrack in 1986, as well as the uniquely stylised videos which accompanied the singles.

Coupling the release of “State Of The Nation” to “Brotherhood” in September 1986, the first single was superseded by the band’s biggest international hit since 1983, the anthemic musical landmark “Bizarre Love Triangle” which broke the band fully through to North American, international and even Australian audiences.

Brotherhood” itself took a unique approach, splitting the rock side of the band to the first side of the album, with tracks “Paradise”, “As It Is When It Was” and “Way Of Life”, whereas the flips side was electronic, taking in the two singles and also “Every Second Counts”, a finely tuned electronic ballad regarded as the counterpoint to “Power, Corruption & Lies” “Leave Me Alone

With The Light’s concerts running up to 1987, New Order enjoyed their biggest international hit “True Faith”. Some seven years after the demise of Joy Division and a decade on from first forming, the band had come full circle to hit heights never thought possible, showing that “Dreams Never End”.

Peter Hook & The Light’s “Lowlife” & “Brotherhood” concerts chart New Order’s final stage of evolution from the post punk of Joy Division to defining themselves as electro pop pioneers at the cutting edge of the emerging club scene in the mid to late Eighties.

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“Not only did Hooky and his band open the show with Joy Division songs, he proceeded to play New Order’s two full albums and a stellar encore....Hooky and his band really put 110% into this show.” LA Record

“Bruce Springsteen and Leonard Cohen have competition when it comes to marathon concerts. Stepping into the ring is former Joy Division and New Order bassist Peter Hook, whose current tour finds him on stage for three hours.” Irish Independent

“Taking in the show, I could imagine that this is what it might have felt like hearing the original New Order playing that material back in the day. More organic and authentic to the time. I really, really enjoyed this show immensely.”Rock Subculture

"Now, 30 years later, the songs really come to life with a punchier musical delivery than they ever had on record, and an uber-confident Hook belting them out. The most fascinating thing about the gig is hearing the journey between Joy Division and the classic New Order sound over the course of two hours." Artrocker

“The show was an unquestionable treat for fans....Hooky is an outstanding bass player and it's truly magical to see him live in action.....Don't miss this tour if it's coming to your city. Peter Hook is a legend.” Hang The DJ / x89 Radio

“Best decision I made all year? Quite possibly.... My god, man. Go see this band.... Well played, Mr. Hook. Well played.” The Pale Drummer

“Besides the experience of witnessing an authentic and honest reproduction of the material, a significant element of the show was Peter Hook’s relentless engagement with his instrument; never have I seen anyone play an instrument in such a sustained way for so long. His stage presence and showmanship added to the performance as well; this, combined with equalling dedication from the rest of the Light, resulted in a great documentation – and celebration – of the early days of New Order.” Counterpoint Magazine

“What Hooky has done is grab these songs by the scruff of the neck and give them a punkiness with his bass driving the songs with an added raw power.Tonight is a real triumph - everything was perfect from the venue, to the acoustics, to the delivery of the songs, to the tight band, to the vocals and that distinctive great bass playing...Hooky has made these songs have a very different narrative and put a whole new heart and soul into them.” Louder Than War


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