Peter Hook & The Light return to North America from late April to early June 2018 with a run of shows performing Joy Division and New Order’s legendary Factory Records compilation albums Substance live, sequentially and in their entireties. Catch them at Brooklyn Steel on Friday, April 27.
Having toured the albums to great reactions from critics and fans alike in late 2016, the tour sees Hooky and The Light return to some of the venues which witnessed those acclaimed shows as well as adding new venues and cities.
Released in August 1987, New Order’s Substance was originally conceived as a way for Factory Records boss, Tony Wilson, to play the New Order singles on the CD player of his new Jaguar car. Substance became the best selling New Order album ever upon its release, the double LP going on to sell 2 million copies in America alone.
Widely considered New Order’s strongest album, “their most popular, well known, highly rated and arguably the most influential” (Sputnik Music), Factory Records’ 200th release featured the bands seminal 12″ mixes of their singles as well as versions of “Confusion” and “Temptation” re-recorded for the LP.
Running from “Ceremony” in 1981 up to “True Faith” in 1987 (again recorded especially for the album), the set takes in the high points of New Order’s catalog, including “Thieves Like Us,” “The Perfect Kiss” and “Bizarre Love Triangle.”
Released the following year in July 1988, Joy Division’s Substance features all the singles which did not appear on the albums such as “Transmission,” “Komakino,” “Love Will Tear Us Apart” and “Atmosphere,” as well as their b-sides, tracks from their EP “An Ideal For Living” and the Factory Records sampler.
Factory Records’ 250th release begins with “Warsaw” and takes in the development of the band through “Digital” and “Dead Souls” to the band’s final tracks. The collection demonstrates the same energy as a full length LP with several key B-sides added.
Allmusic called it “the best adjunct to the two albums anyone could want.”
Peter Hook & The Light have toured Joy Division and New Order’s albums extensively since debuting Unknown Pleasures back in 2010, which was well-received by fans and critics.