Peter Hook & The Light Announce First Ever Concerts Of New Order’s “Low Life (1985)” & “Brotherhood” (1986) With Special Manchester & London Shows September 2014
Concerts Feature Material 1983 – 1987
“From Confusion To True Faith”
The Light Low Life Brotherhood Sept 2014 Concerts Please Post As Portrait “This is New Order reinvigorated, reenergized; Hooky has arguably reclaimed the songs and is delivering them with heart and soul.”Louder Than War
DHP In Association With The Agency Group Presents
Thursday 25th September 2014 Saturday 27th September 2014
The Ritz, Manchester Shepherds Bush Empire, London
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Tickets include charity donation to MIND & Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy
Peter Hook & The Light have announced they are to perform New Order’s third and fourth albums, “Low Life” and “Brotherhood” for the first time with two special concerts.
The Ritz, Manchester Thurs 25th Sept 2014.
Shepherds Bush Empire, London, Sat 27th Sept 2014.
Following on from The Light’s very well received Joy Division album shows and their equally praised tours of “Movement” and “Power, Corruption & Lies” the concerts 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 alongside all the other tracks from that fans consider New Order’s greatest period including “Thieves Like Us” “Bizarre Love Triangle”, “The Perfect Kiss” and many more.
Marking the high period of New Order artistically, the critical plaudits heaped upon “Power, Corruption & Lies” was 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.
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.
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.
With The Light’s concerts running up to 1987, (when New Order’s best-selling album “Substance”, a compilation of all the singles and B-sides was released, reportedly so Tony Wilson could play them in his new in car CD) 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.
The Light will also be supporting themselves at the concerts performing a selection of Joy Division material.
As with the previous debut album concerts by The Light, both gigs benefit two charities, Mind, the mental health charity and Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy.
On “Low Life”
“Realigned as New Order, they successfully adapted their trauma to the dance floor, where their deviant fusion of black-funk rhythm tricks and English avant-punk had resulted in stunning club hits like “Temptation” and “Blue Monday.” Low-Life, the group’s third album, caps its long, methodical glide into pop’s mainstream. “Love Vigilantes” and “The Perfect Kiss” both take full advantage of the remix lessons New Order learned under Arthur Baker, who produced its 1984 single “Confusion.” On Low-Life, New Order made the most of accessibility without compromising their past.” Rolling Stone
“Brotherhood is the last of the ‘old-guard’ of New Order albums but not their last good album. It contains the most complete synthesis of the band’s sound, which only really diverged after that point. The galloping, tinny riffage, the skittering hi-hats, the sunburst of keyboard swells, the melodies picked out on bass . . . They also cast off the last remaining traces of Joy Division here – Peter Hook says goodbye to his past on ‘As It Is When It Was’ with a cheeky little riff from ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’.” The Quietus
On Peter Hook And The Light Live
“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
“Say what you will about Peter Hook, the man has got balls….It was most enjoyable to revisit these albums….for those in the audience who had been too young or not even born when these albums were released, this was clearly a welcome opportunity to get the flavour of these musical riches in concert.” The Times
“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
“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