Where else in the world (apart from the North of England) would you get to hear covers of The Smiths and Joy Division songs all in the same week? Dunedin of course. This week, the crowds went wild when Queens hosted a double dose of post-punk indie rock fusion and the cover charge was only $5 for each event!
On Thursday, local solo and group artists performed a selection of The Smiths songs in a variety of styles reflecting each artist’s unique qualities. The concert closed with the entertaining and dynamic ‘Smyth Family Band’.
Left: Morrissey and friends. Which one is Hector? Right: Hector ‘McQueen’ and Simon Maclaren perform ‘There Is a Light That Never Goes Out’.
Catherine KS performs ‘What Difference Does It Make?’
Chad and Bex. Chad wears shirt by I Love Ugly.
Dan Madill performs ‘Unhappy Birthday’ and ‘Girlfriend in a Coma’
Irian and Catherine
Lindsay wears op-shop
Darryl Baser (compere of the evening) and Catherine KS perform ‘Asleep’
The two Sophias wear dresses from The Cuckoo’s Nest and Refined Rig
Yesterday, Permanence from Christchurch superbly entertained us with an almost complete Joy Division repertoire as well as songs by New Order (the remainder of Joy Division after the tragic suicide of Ian Curtis) and Gary Numan. The finale, ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’, got everyone on their feet.
Queens stage with Joy Division’s ‘Unknown Pleasures’ cover art based on the image of radio waves emitted by pulsar CP 1919.
Danny Webster and Linda Baran from Permanence
Debbie owns the dance floor while the dapper Frits looks on
Danny from Permanence. He was complimentary about Dunedin’s great bars and said that they love coming here!
Gavin and Bex
Danny Webster from Permanence
Permanence. From left: Wade Byers (drums), Danny Webster (vocals, guitar, keyboard), Linda Baran (bass).
What next Hector? The Stone Roses? Buzzcocks? Oasis? …