The Rescue Rooms archives: 2015

PETER HOOK & THE LIGHT, Peter Hook & The Light live at Rescue Rooms

  • Saturday 26th September 2015
  • Supported by: TBC

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Genre: Alt-rock, New Wave, Post-punk.

Hometown: Manchester, UK.

Background: Peter Hook, the former Joy Division & New Order bassist, put the band together in 2010 to play a one-off show in honour of the late Ian Curtis' life and work. Following an inundation of requests for more gigs from around the world, they then decided to take their eclectic show on the road.

About: Peter Hook And The Light features Peter Hook on vocals and bass, Jack Bates on bass, David Potts on guitar, Andy Poole on keyboards and Paul Kehoe on drums. Having first performed the Joy Division albums in 2010, the band have continued to perform the Joy Division catalogue. The Light also toured North and South America and the UK and Europe performing New Order’s "Movement" and "Power Corruption And Lies" in 2013. 2014 saw many Festival, European and some Far East dates and following the well received debut "Low Life" and "Brotherhood" shows in Sept 2014 in the UK, the band  undertook an extensive tour of the albums in South and North America in Oct and Nov 2014 before taking that show to Australia and New Zealand in February 2015.

What the press says: 'This is New Order reinvigorated, reenergized; Hooky has arguably reclaimed the songs and is delivering them with heart and soul' - Louder Than War.

What Rescue Rooms says: An unbelievable booking, come and see these legends in the flesh as they perform an incredible catalogue from New Order and Joy Division.

Everyone's Favourite: 'Love Will Tear Us Apart'.

Links: Website // Facebook // Twitter

Official Press Release:

In their first full UK tour perform New Order’s third and fourth albums, “Low Life” and Brotherhood”,  Peter Hook & The Light take to the road for a string of dates in late September and early October 2015, returning to many venues where the band's previous shows have sold out and been very well received.

Having recently returned from touring the albums in Australia, New Zealand and North America, the shows mark  the first opportunity to see the LPs and singles performed in full in England and Scotland since the debut Manchester and London concerts in last September and the one off night at The Trades Club, Hebden Bridge in December just gone.

Dates begin the third weekend of September with the first date Thurs 17th Sept at The Venue Derby with visits to Gloucester City Hall on the Friday 18th  and a return to Holmfirth Picture House Sat 19th of that weekend. The following week, the last of September, the band are at Glasgow Arts School Thurs 24th Sept with shows the following days at Hull City Hall, and The Rescue Rooms Nottingham. The final of the three weekends brings dates at Chinnerys in Southend Thurs 1st Oct with a date in Southampton Fri 2nd Oct before the tour finishes up Sat 3rd Oct at The Assembly Rooms, Leamington Spa.  

As has become standard, Hooky and The Light will  be supporting themselves at the concerts performing a selection of Joy Division material.

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.

Both the singles and the albums for this period stand out as some of the finest work ever produced by the band and 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”, which are considered as a trio as the band’s greatest albums.

Releasing “Low Life” in 1985 alongside epic single “The Perfect Kiss”, whose 9 minute 12 inch mix is considered one of the best of the decade, “Low Life” 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 club track.

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 flip side was electronic, taking in the two singles and also “Every Second Counts”.

The Light’s concerts run up to 1987 when New Order enjoyed their biggest international hit “True Faith”.

Peter Hook & The Light’s “Lowlife” & “Brotherhood” shows 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.

For videos and concert footage from The Light check /

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


On “Brotherhood”

"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

Peter Hook And The Light’s “Low Life” & “Brotherhood” Concerts - Reviews

'Delving into over 30 songs stretching back to the 70s, Hooky and his current outfit performed the entirety of New Orderalbums “Low Life” and “Brotherhood” - two records that helped shape and define post-punk and synthpop. The result was two hours teeming with heartbreak and affection.....The chronology of the set played perfectly as high spirits continued to grow right up until the end of the show.”Gigwise

“An encore of “State Of The Nation”, “Confusion”, “True Faith” and a breath taking version of “Temptation” brings the night to a massive ovation and respect on both sides. A great evening in Manchester, an outstanding show from The Light and signs they are not taking the foot off the pedal.”Louder Than War

“And that’s how you play The Perfect Kiss!” An emphatic Peter Hook, rock and roll’s greatest bass player, is apparently a skilled mind reader as well, as he pulled that quote right out of my head to shout back through his microphone after playing the best rendition of the classic song that I’d ever heard.  

“It was certainly one of those special shows were the venue, artist, and fans all clicked perfectly to make for a very memorable experience and a blazing hot and awesome show by a legendary artist and performer, who in my opinion is the heart and soul of New Order keeping the most authentic live performance of their music alive for old and new fans.” Rock Subculture

“By focusing solely on the music, and allowing the songs inherent structure to do the heavy lifting instead of blowing them up into pseudo-stadium cuts, their inherent virtues were that much more apparent. Frankly, these songs rock.....This is Peter Hook and his band taking a chance, dusting off wrongly ignored tunes, and kicking ass. “Punk News