New Order – The Transition to Movement

New Order are putting out short videos centered around their first album ‘Movement’. In episode 1 Bernard Sumner talks about having to learn to sing in public as well as the transition from Joy Division. I’m looking forward to seeing more.

I was never really into New Order growing up, think I just missed out on them. That said, I was actually born the year Movement came out.

No excuses though, as growing up I managed to somehow find their prior work as Joy Division (no Spotify then, obviously). There was something about that dark, industrial short lived band that lit a bit of a fire in me.

It’s years later and with the help of streaming services I’m able to devour albums I’d missed out on. It’s only recently (over the last couple of years) that I’ve come to New Order in a much bigger way. I say ‘bigger way’ but I did know the singles. I own a copy of Blue Monday on vinyl (like we all do), and they were pretty much all over Radio 1 in the early 90s. That was peak ‘discoverability’ time for me.

Movement Definitive Edition

Movement then to me, does sound like a band in transition. The band are between guises I suppose, with one foot in the familiarity of Joy Division and the other into the unknown. Like Sumner remembers in the video, it was “almost commercial suicide” to pretty much leave Joy Division behind, so I understand the conundrum they were facing.

The darkness, the brooding, the industrial sound – it’s still there. But so is something I’d not really heard before in Joy Division, a sense of fun. The opening riff to Dreams Never End or even more so in the closing track Denial, although might be a bit despondent in lyrics, has a great positive energy to it. Undeniably (sorry) a hint of what was to come for New Order.

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