New Order was the first band with any sort of pop or electronic influence that I felt comfortable claiming as a young man immersed in the hardcore scene. Perhaps it was all timing, maybe it was the Joy Division link or their familiar aesthetic but it all made sense to and I was a hardcore kid and a New Order fanatic at the same time.
New Order was the gateway to a world of music I couldn’t imagine my life without. I was able relate to them because it was clear by the way they performed their songs that they came from punk, but yet they had such ingenious songwriting abilities that they inspired me more any other band.
The progression from album to album was so stark and as someone who just started to play music that gave me hope. There are few musical artists that have affected the way that New Order has and I am so grateful that I found them as such a turning point in my life.