December 10, 2010
Better than: You'd expect a nostalgia-themed show to be.
There aren't many live performers that can make even the most cynical, jaded reporter a bit misty eyed. But then, there's only one Peter Hook.
Friday's show at Mezzanine was really something special. Running through the entirety of the iconic album Unknown Pleasures, the Joy Division founding member and his new band, The Light (featuring baby Hooky on bass, looking like a sweeter, quieter version of his dad) didn't exactly capture the sound of the original, but they did capture the spirit. The sound of Joy Division, of course, is impossible to duplicate without Ian Curtis' deep, sepulchral vocals — Hook's voice is sweeter, less inherently dark in tone. But in terms of the spirit, they really nailed it.