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May022013

Dance, Dance, Dance to the Radio

Some of my fondest memories are from a time not too long ago. A glorious era where girls' were never too cold from the aid of their leg warmers, John Hughes was teaching us all a thing or two about life, MTV wasn’t the collective defecation of the most shallow aspects of our society, and everybody and their grandmas were trying to find where exactly the beef is located.

The 80’s were a time that fall into the same rank as I Heart Huckabees: it either blew your hair back by sheer awesomeness while you laughed through the entire journey, or you were never impressed and counted down the minutes until it was over. I am proud to say that I am in the former group. Among many other attributes I admire from this decade, the music has always been a personal favorite. Recently, I came across a group by the name of The New Division and was delighted to see that their feelings were mutual.

I was introduced to The New Division with their song “Starfield” and could hear the homage to some of the giants of New Wave as soon as I was able to remind myself that they weren’t, in fact, a side project of Dave Gahan. It then didn’t come as a surprise that their name is spawned from the combination of Joy Division and the surviving member’s follow-up group, New Order.

Recently releasing an EP titled “Night Escape,” their four new tracks are in addition to their library of music composed with an adequate amount of synth that doesn’t take off with a flock of seagulls (pun absolutely intended). They top their sound off with electronic elements created by the support of thirty years of music evolution that results in a sound both reminiscent and refreshingly new.

 

It will only be a matter of time that I’ll have the pleasure of seeing The New Division live in concert where I will be shaking my arms up and down like Ian Curtis. In the meantime, I will continue to bob my head to their music through my headphones and be thankful that they are keeping the spirit of the 80’s alive.

 

Always fresh.  

 

John Kunkel, Brock Woolsey, Janzie, and Mark Michalski are:

The New Division | Riverside, CA

They actually had the beef all along.  

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