Joy Division Reworked
The Lowry, Manchester
Reviewed by Debbie Tasker
The Live_Transmission – Joy Division Reworked U.K Autumn tour performed by Heritage Orchestra & Scanner and conducted by Jules Buckley played the Lowry Theatre in Salford, Manchester on Sunday 29 September 2013, and what an interesting evening it was!
Joy Division one of the UK’s most influential bands were formed in Salford in 1976. After frontman Ian Curtis committed suicide in 1980 the remaining members went onto become New Order. This electro-orchestral reinterpretation of their music is performed by Heritage Orchestra and Scanner. It centres on trio guitarist Matt Calvert, drummer Adam Betts and Bassist John Calvert with visual components supplied by Mathew J Watkins, and Jules Buckley conducting.
The indie legends music was given a new twist and a canvas at the back and gauze inbetween the orchestra and audience made for a visual spectacle for the eyes with a non-stop run of Curtis lyrics appearing scribbled across the screen along with album covers amongst other artwork and a continuous laser show it made it a very entertaining experience.
Joy Divisions remarkable style is celebrated extremely well and the genius Isolation and She's Lost Control stood out for me. The show ended with their most famous song Love Will Tear Us Apart Again and Curtis haunting slowed down voice echoing around the auditorium.
The show was just over an hour long with no interval and was a great show.
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