Peter Hook just never stops. To keep up with his DJing dates, book and label launches, live gigs, speaking tours and record releases is a full time job in itself.
Hooky's currently on the case with a digital label re-launch, an EP and a couple of live dates.
Firstly, there's the re-vamp of FAC 51 The Hacienda label Hacienda Records at www.fac51thehacienda.com ready for the release of The Light's EP on May 9th.
The EP is called 1102/2011 after the date it was recorded at Salford's Blueprint Studio, and features four tracks including Pictures In My Mind, an unfinished Joy Division song that's been completed and re-recorded following the discovery of an old rehearsal tape nicked in 1977. The vocals are by Hooky himself, while ex Happy Mondays diva, Rowetta, sings the other three Joy Division tracks, Insight, New Dawn Fades and Atmosphere, following her live guest appearance with The Light on tour.
The EP's cover by James Chadderton, with input from Hooky and the band, features the old Hacienda site on Whitworth Street looking like it's had the Salford Council treatment…
"After seeing the recent events in Japan with the earthquake, the picture sends a chill down my spine now when I see it" says Hooky "I was very impressed with James's work when I first came across it and I kept leaving messages for him as I wanted him to do the cover. I suggested Whitworth Street because it remains our spiritual home, and I must admit I thought that the new Hacienda building could do with some remodelling!"
Meanwhile, The Light have announced a new live date of May 19th at The Factory. The first date, on the 18th, is now sold out as fans clammer to see the band perform Joy Division's Closer album.
To see the video of Atmosphere with Rowetta on vocals click here
To see the video of Pictures In My Mind with Hooky on vocals click here
The line-up for The Light is Peter Hook on vocals and bass, Jack Bates on bass, Nat Wason on guitar, Andy Poole on keyboards and Paul Kehoe on drums. Rowetta performs as guest vocalist at selected gigs, including those at The Factory.
1102 / 2011, the debut EP from Peter Hook's The Light will be released via Hacienda Records on Monday 9th May 2011. Further details at
www.fac51thehacienda.com and www.peterhook.co.uk
Any band that wants to get their material out on The Hacienda record label e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Peter Hook and The Light perform Closer at The Factory 112-118 Princess Street Manchester, M1 7EN on Thursday 19th May 8pm
In Association With Mind & The Keith Bennett Appeal
Tickets: £20.11 (Includes Charity Donation)
Tickets available from factorymanchester.com, Ticketweb, See Tickets, Fatsoma, HMV Tickets, Skiddle, Gaffs, Piccadilly Records, Vinyl Exchange and Jumbo Leeds.