D.O. Roth, the German video director who brought Joy Division back to life in a Playmobil animation, earning more than 600,000 YouTube viewers, has struck again. Last year, the internet came alive with talk of the legendary band’s 1979 TV performance of Transmission being performed by the toy figures.
Control, a ‘darkwave township house’ cover of the Joy Division classic She’s Lost Control, is the fourth single to be taken from South African producer/DJ Spoek Mathambo’s album, Mshini Wam. The video was shot in Langa, a township in Cape Town and was made using a cast made up mainly of kids from the local [...]
Pieter Hugo is one of South Africa’s most talented photographers, probably best known for his Hyena Men, Nollywood and Permanent Error series’. When he ventured off into the world of video, it would only make sense for him to join up with one of the freshest MC’s in the country, Spoek Mathambo. Together they created [...]
Formed in 2003 by Brad Hargett and JB Townsend in New York, this band is a glorious ‘Noise pop’ blend of Joy Division and Interpol, with a pleasant splattering of their own individuality. It’s my first port of call if I want to get stuck into a big drawing.
Binary is a small four piece band from London who I managed to catch at a small gig not long ago. A great way to show that dark, post-punk is definitely not dead. With echoes of Joy Division and Echo and the Bunnymen, their spacey brand of music feels so familiar but fresh.
The thing I spent a lot of time on recently was the LP for our latest album. I figured it would be really cool to make an LP that was very different. So I was lucky enough to pair up with JP from a company called Vertpixles, who’ve done LPs for Joy Division, Gorrilaz’s Plastic Beach and Grinderman, too.
I went to see the reincarnation of British indie band New Order (formerly Joy Division) in Manchester. Members of the band which wrote Blue Monday, True faith and Crystal were performing as their new band Bad Lieutenant. But they were blown away by support act The Mutineers, four local lads with an energy better then [...]
I’m glad someone had the sense to create a stop-motion music video using Playmobil toys and Joy Division music. It’s the most unlikely of parings, but it works out amazingly. Just try not to smile while watching it.