New Order at 1STBANK Center, 10/10/12

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Eric Gruneisen
Bernard Sumner of New Order last night at 1STBANK Center. Slide show: New Order at 1STBANK Center


NEW ORDER @ 1STBANK CENTER |10/10/12

If you've been a New Order fan for long enough, you've heard the song hundreds of times or more. Just the same, that repetition did nothing to dull the haunting yet soothing majesty of "Your Silent Face" when New Order played it pretty much in the middle of the show. Before starting up the song, Bernard Sumner took out a melodica and asked if anyone knew what it was called. When he didn't get the answer he was looking for, he said, "It's probably better that way." Sumner seemed to be in an especially good, grateful mood.

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Eric Gruneisen
Gillian Gilbert of New Order last night at 1STBANK Center. Slide show: New Order at 1STBANK Center

As the Kraftwerk-ian pulses of synth filled the air, a spotlight shone on Gillian Gilbert and her instrument before it switched to Sumner in the appropriate moment. It gave an inexplicable sense of intimacy in a place that is anything but, and that power to make the room seem larger while the music seemed cozier was one of the things that made this show seem almost like it couldn't be happening.

The set began when some triumphant, classical-inspired music came through the PA that the band started using to usher in its shows even in the '80s. When the five members of the band took up their places, Sumner chuckled a little, as though he was having a private laugh ahead of time at the absurdity of addressing a room full of hundreds of people with the words he was about to speak. He said, "Obviously, we're New Order. I can only apologize it's been a long time since we've been in Denver." Then he and the band went into the darkly gorgeous instrumental "Elegia."

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Eric Gruneisen
Bernard Sumner last night at 1STBANK Center. Slide show: New Order at 1STBANK Center

The pop songs proper began with a strong performance of "Crystal." Sumner even leapt to accent a note somewhere at the peak of the song and everyone seemed to be playing as though rediscovering the joy of playing this material again. Between each song, Sumner thanked the audience, and it never felt like a perfunctory gesture, more like he was acknowledging the love the band was receiving from the people who showed up.

The light show for this performance made everything seem larger than life if you could see it from the back of the room. It was like an optical illusion when the show ended that the spheres on either side of the venue seemed much closer and the room seemed to shrink without the power of New Order's music cancelling out the normal laws of time and space while the show was going on.

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Eric Gruneisen
New Order last night at 1STBANK Center. Slide show: New Order at 1STBANK Center

But really, it was the power of those songs to affect and captivate the imagination. With streams, beams of colored light, in columns, in whorls, in bursts, in vortices, the lights seemed to come at any angle, triggered to give a visual sense of constant movement when the moment in the song called for it. Likewise, they were still and incandescing when a quiet or languid passage happened in a song and the momentum of the melody halted, as though giving a moment for us to reflect.

Before "Ceremony," Sumner told us it was going to be a Joy Division song that they had reworked as a New Order song. At the end of an admittedly energetic showing, Sumner said, half winded, half joyful, "It's quite long, that one." The version of "Isolation" that came later, Sumner told us was "an old song in a modern setting." He wasn't kidding. It sounded a bit like Kraftwerk trying its hand at an industrial song with post-punk rhythm underpinnings -- like a band remixing its own song live and finding an interesting reinterpretation.

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Eric Gruneisen
New Order last night at 1STBANK Center. Slide show: New Order at 1STBANK Center

The interweaving lighting for "Here to Stay" was visually arresting when the blossoms of light beams whorled in place and then moved and swept across the field of view, occasionally framing the band and often obscuring it for a few seconds. At the end of "Your Silent Face," Sumner said, "A good song and one of my favorites."


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1STBANK Center

11450 Broomfield Lane, Broomfield, CO

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hermes93
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Thanks for the excellent writeup!  It was a very memorable show, and you did a great job expressing it!

Repellen
Repellen

@GrupGirl Tell me everything. I'm green with envy.

GrupGirl
GrupGirl

@Repellen They played almost two hours. They sounded great. I lost about 10 lbs dancing my ass off. Nice tribute to Ian Curtis at the end.

Repellen
Repellen

@GrupGirl Awesome! And... now I'm listening to them at the office, which should confuse my young co-workers, to my extreme delight.

Repellen
Repellen

@GrupGirl Amen, sista! Contemplating Morrissey in December.

GrupGirl
GrupGirl

@Repellen Well, somebody has to school 'em.

Nick314
Nick314

@GrupGirl Rad! When I was 14 I saw The Sugarcubes, PiL and New Order. I believe it was the Substance tour. Nicky like.

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