In life, there are only two moments: the one before you learn the original meaning of “Joy Division,” and the one after. And if you haven’t yet experienced the latter, well, we cringe for you already. The band of the late 1970s who adopted the tragic moniker were ingenious pioneers of the British post-punk movement, though they were felled by the suicide of young singer Ian Curtis; they quickly reformed as New Order and enjoyed a lengthy career until 2007’s disbandment. Bassist Peter Hook was the constant in both bands and the most public figure after Curtis’s passing; tonight, he honors the 30th anniversary of his fallen mate by performing Joy Division’s seminal debut Unknown Pleasures in its entirety. It’s as close to “Day of the Lords” as you’ll ever get from these tumultuous lads of yesterday.
Fri., Dec. 3, 7 p.m., 2010
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on November 24, 2010