Peter Hook & The Light @ The UC Theatre

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Peter Hook & The Light @ The UC Theatre

El Ten Eleven

Fri, April 28, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall


This event is all ages

Performing the albums “Substance” by Joy Division & New Order.

Peter Hook & The Light
Peter Hook & The Light
"A natural born anecdotalist" (Sunday Times Oct 2009), Legendary bass guitarist Peter Hook remains energetically devoted to music, rock and roll and the experiences that his three decade career has given him, with bands like Joy Division, New Order, Revenge, Monaco and Freebass, as a director of the infamous Fac 51 The Hacienda and now new Manchester indie venue The Factory. Hooky's been-there, seen-more-than-it all thirty years in the business has seen his bass playing redefine the role and inspire countless young musicians across seminal classics such as "Love Will Tear Us Apart", "Atmosphere", "Ceremony", "Thieves Like Us", "Regret", "What Do You Want From Me?" and more.

A well respected rock and roll icon, Hooky has become synonymous with the Manchester music scene and what it represents culturally. He presently DJ's all over the world, both as himself and also with the revived Hacienda, continues to record and produce new music, and manages his own affairs, both in music and in other ventures. With the honour of being portrayed in two major films "24 Hour Party People" and "Control", Hooky has recently completed recording his Freebass project which also features Mani (Stone Roses / Primal Scream) and Andy Rourke (The Smiths) as companion bassists. The album "Its A Beautiful Life" is presently available for download from., and is awaiting a physical release in the autumn.

Most recently Hooky has opened a new chapter on his life, as a critically acclaimed author with his honest to god, no holds barred account of the turbulent times of the Hacienda years in "The Hacienda - How Not To Run A Club." Very well received, the book received 4 and 5 star reviews across the board for its indelibly sharp yet warm portrayal of the characters and chaos that surrounded The Hacienda. The paperback, enhanced and collectors versions of "How Not To Run A Club" are to be issued this autumn from September 2010 onwards and Hooky is presently planning two further books, the next on Joy Division and then one on New Order. Having decided to commemorate the 30 year anniversary of Ian Curtis' passing by performing Unknown Pleasures in two charity supporting concerts at The Factory in Manchester with his band The Light, offers have come in from around the world for these special concerts and over the Summer of 2010, are performing at 1234 Festival London, Benicassim in Spain, and other high profile European Festivals including Vintage at Goodwood. Towards the Autumn and winter 2010 Hooky will be touring Australia and New Zealand, Spain, Italy with The Light Performing Unknown Pleasures and other Warsaw / Joy Division tracks before coming to the US.

El Ten Eleven
El Ten Eleven
"It's surprising this record even got made," bass player and songwriter Kristian Dunn reflects. "[Drummer] Tim's dad died just before the recording was to begin. Obviously he needed to go back to Pittsburgh to be with his family. He returned to California relatively quickly, ready to work, and then I was struck with serious food poisoning."

As soon as one band member in the duo was ready to work, it seemed the other had something come up. Even their engineer, Chris Cheney, had to leave in the middle of recording to go DJ for the Arizona Diamondbacks baseball team. Deadlines were rapidly approaching and the record wasn't finished. "It was stressful, but it seemed to all work out," Tim Fogarty adds.

Appropriately, the record is all about family and the connection between parent and child. Opening with "Point Breeze" (an area in Pittsburgh in which Tim's dad used to hang out when young) and moving right into "Scott Township" (an area of Pittsburgh where Fogarty did the same), the record is alive with sounds both futuristic and anachronistic.

The album is full of parental nods. "'Fast Forward' is a band name my dad would always suggest when I was starting new bands in high school. I thought it was stupid and would blow him off! Now I actually think it's cool. It really represents something that is old, but also forward looking and inventive." Dunn explains. "Peter and Jack" is a thank you to father and son team Peter Hook (of New Order and Joy Division) and Jack Bates who, after playing some shows with El Ten Eleven, suggested to Dunn that he employ one of the six string basses they were using.

"Not to exaggerate, but the effect those two had on El Ten Eleven is sort of incalculable. I wouldn't have even considered the Bass VI if it weren't for them. And the direction of the band definitely changed because of it," Dunn says.

The record was written at their homes and practice studio in Atwater Village, and recorded with Cheney at Costa Mesa Recording Studio in Costa Mesa, CA. Dunn and Fogarty are the only musicians that appear on Fast Forward; everything you hear was done by the two of them using two basses, electronic drums, acoustic drums, and myriad looping pedals and effects.

While most artists use looping technology improvisationally, Dunn and Fogarty see the loopers themselves as another instrument. Over a decade plus together they've attained hard-won virtuosity with the devices, and can now concentrate on songwriting itself rather than logistics. "Nothing we do is improvised" explains Dunn. "When we first started playing shows we'd sometimes run into troubles with the loops and have to stop and retry songs!"

"It's almost like our rig itself is an instrument we've had to master," he continues. "I'll loop Tim's electronic drums with one of my pedals while looping my own bassline, then switch to my six string bass midsong while he moves to playing acoustic drums, layering up the sonics and shaping the song as it all grows." By refusing to use anything pre-recorded live they've pushed themselves into new territory, now able to deftly recreate their complex compositions nightly.

In the end, of course, it all comes back to family; from Dunn and Fogarty's own parents to Hook and Bates, to their own growing families. Dunn discloses, "I didn't come up with the artwork just because I thought it looked cool. The triangle on the front represents the connection between my wife, daughter and me, but if you look closely, it isn't actually there. Your mind creates that triangle. And that is symbolic of the family connection, always there, even if not physically."

More dedications round out the record: "JD" (Tim's dad), "We Lost A Giant" (a phrase used by a Pittsburgh Steelers radio announcer to describe Tim's dad) and "Be Kind, Rewind" (a plea for respect for one's ancestors).

"I'm so relieved this record is finished. It was a lot of work… like family!" laughs Dunn.
Venue Information:
The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall
2036 University Avenue
near Downtown Berkeley BART
Berkeley, CA, 94704