Covering JOY DIVISION isn't really all that new these days, hell even Peter Hook is doing it on the reg. But there's something pretty unique when two guys and an army of loop pedals and effects take on the legendary post-punk band's 1979 classic "Disorder," and that's exactly what's been helping build some buzz for Los Angeles post-rock duo EL TEN ELEVEN. It's an instrumental cut, and not to look too much into that fact, but it also serves as a nice silent tribute to the long-gone voice of Ian Curtis. Plus the music holds up without lyrical spin; the bass line alone is as inviting as it gets.
Check out the clip above from the great KEXP in Seattle -- I coulda sworn I've written about this cover before, and at least definitely have in the past posted this live video from a 2009 Cleveland gig -- and swing by T.T. The Bear's Place tonight in Cambridge where El Ten Eleven headlines a bill with MICHNA and BEACON.
A little birdie (not Bernard Sumner) told On The Download the band has been playing "Disorder" regularly in their recent live sets. Let's hope we hear this tonight; maybe Julia Easterlin and her BOSS RC-50 could hop on stage and join in.
BONUS LOOP: Here's El Ten Eleven covering "Paranoid Android" by Radiohead. These boys be good.