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JOY DIVISION ORCHESTRATED – PERTH CONCERT HALL

Joy Division Orchestrated
Joy Division Orchestrated

JOY DIVISION ORCHESTRATED
PETER HOOK WITH THE SYDNEY METROPOLITAN ORCHESTRA
9 AUGUST

On Friday Night, August 9th the venue of choice was the Perth Concert Hall, and the show was all about post-punk legends Joy Division. It’s incredible how a band that were only around for four years can have such a profound effect on the world in that, 40 years later, their bassist Peter Hook can get together with Music Director Tim Crooks, the Sydney Metropolitan Orchestra, and bring Joy Division back to life. And the people came out in droves for it!

The end of the night was a joyous celebration of the legacy of Joy Division, with the crowd on their feet, this time with a full blown version of ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’.

The melancholy atmosphere was afoot as the show began, Peter Hook greeted us and we were off. Throughout the first set Peter was joined by vocalists Bastien Marshall and Mica Millar. 

The show started off with a slow droning version of ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’. Marshall is really the spitting image and sound of Ian Curtis. I mean it was uncanny. It didn’t come off forced though. It felt natural, it was subtle, mimicking Curtis in an understated kind of way. Doing it justice without being a straight copy. I think it was done masterfully and my full commendation goes out to Marshall. 

Millar brought a great touch to the songs she performed vocals on, and, when he took his parts, Peter Hook brought a passion that was obvious – he is proud of what Joy Division created over 40 years ago. At times older musicians have can a habit of looking backwards, but there’s nothing wrong with that – and there’s nothing wrong with paying homage and tribute to something important you were a part of. I could feel it the whole evening.

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(Side note: The percussionist that performed at the top left corner of the orchestra. You played the Xylophone, the chimes and the tubular bells. From where I was seated you looked like Edward Norton. You did a great job mate.)

There was a vocal duet between Marshall and Hook where for a few spine tingling moments, it was almost like Hook was with his old friend Curtis again. It was a moment made to shed a tear from.

Highlights of the set included a duet with Marshall and Millar on ‘Love Will Tear Us Together’. Millar’s vocal performance on ‘She’s Lost Control’ and Hook belting out ‘Dead Souls’. ‘Transmission’ also was a highlight.

Millar has a beautiful voice, you could tell she genuinely enjoys the music as she danced along to every song she performed alongside Hook. One thing I felt though and I could sense it in the audience was that Marsgall was not out there enough. During the intermission I heard some geezers speaking about him “Oh maaet that yung lad wos blooteh brillyent – spot on e’wos”, and I tended to agree.

Full props to the Metropolitan Orchestra as well. What a talented bunch of people.

The end of the night was a joyous celebration of the legacy of Joy Division, with the crowd on their feet, this time with a full blown version of ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’. I really enjoyed this show. I’m not going to be a tool about it though and give some kind of star rating out of 5. All that matters is the venue was packed and the people in attendance enjoyed the show. Both objectives were obtained and congratulations to Peter Hook for his successful endeavour.  

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