PHOTO: Ian Curtis, Joy Division, 4th April 1980: The Moonlight Club, West Hampstead, London

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Ian Curtis, Joy Division, 02-04 April 1980- The Moonlight Club, London

PHOTO: Ian Curtis, Joy Division, 4th April 1980: The Moonlight Club, West Hampstead, London.

Not many people knew Joy Division would play here –
it was the Rainbow Theatre concert that was advertised.

As soon as the gig at Rainbow was over Joy Division left their equipment and hurried by car to The Moonlight Club. Here they entered the stage as the last band.

They had played two concerts in one day several times before so they figured they could do it again but Ian, who had been increasingly ill the last couple of months, was in no condition for another performance.

Neil Norman wrote in NME:

“Within 8 minutes of the end of [Vini Reilly’s] set the magnificent Joy Division took the stage and played with a power and passion that made it difficult to believe they were literally within an hour or so of playing at the Rainbow.

The strain was most noticeable in vocalist Ian Curtis who was helped off stage after their fifth number, although until then his performance had been as darkly effective as ever…

… Unlike The Fall, who make me want to go out and kick a cat, Joy Division convince me I could spit in the face of God.”

Songs performed:
01. Transmission
02. A Means To An End
03. Twenty Four Hours
04. Day Of The Lords
05. Insight
06. Interzone.

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UNDER THE RADAR: Night Flowers – “Glow In The Dark”

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UNDER THE RADAR: Night Flowers – “Glow In The Dark”.

London-quintet Night Flowers have this week shared their brand new single, Glow In The Dark, which will receive a fittingly phosphorescent vinyl release next month via Dirty Bingo Records. As long term advocates of the band, we’re hoping this is going to be a sign of them finally working towards releasing a debut LP in the not too distant future, but that is currently little more than idle speculation.

Appetite whetting or otherwise, Glow In The Dark is further evidence of just what a wonderfully talented bunch Night Flowers are. Here, recently acquired female vocalist Sophie Pettit takes lead vocals, adding a Massachusetts twist to the bands trademark glistening-North East jangle. 

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UNDER THE RADAR: WAYLAYERS – “S.O.S”: SXSW 2014 Showcasing Artist

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UNDER THE RADAR: WAYLAYERS – “S.O.S”: SXSW 2014 Showcasing Artist.

In an ideal SXSW fantasy, a curious music lover wanders into a venue and encounters a new band they immediately fall in love with. This very rarely happens, but that’s exactly how I discovered London synth-rock act Waylayers. Meandering inside Austin’s Swan Dive bar, I caught a set from the UK quartet and was knocked out by two things you rarely see in a pre-album band: 1) Their fully-realized, self-assured sound and 2) the quality of their songcraft. Imagine Cut Copy circa In Ghost Colours fronted by a vocalist with the expansive strength of Bono. It shouldn’t work as well as it does, but in a live setting, it’s the uplifting dance party you didn’t know you needed.

— Joe Lynch