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Formed by the bass guitarist and backing vocalist for Joy Division and New Order, Peter Hook and The Light are known for playing the entire catalogue of Joy Division (Unknown Pleasures and Closer) and first two New Order albums (Movement and Power, Corruption & Lies) during their sets. Joined by Peter Hook’s son Jack Bates and fellow band-mate from Monaco, Paul Kehoe, on paper the project shouldn’t work. With Joy Division agreeing if any of the original members decided to leave the band, that the rest of the group would reform under a new name (sound familiar?), and Hook leaving New Order in 2007 – creating a cover band to pay loyalty or relive the glory days of the previous two acts seems illogical. But somehow it does work, and sublimely so. Hook pays homage to both acts, with his lower vocal register suiting the melancholy of Ian Curtis, and the high end of bass – both melodic and rhythmic, complementing the synthesised and sequenced synth bass which became a signature of New Order’s sound.
For those like myself, born too late to see one of their favourite bands live in 2019, Peter Hook and The Light provide the closest damn thing to it and we should thank them for that. To call them a cover band is crude, they are preservers of British music history, and for that, we should all be grateful.