Philadelphia indie quartet The Districts have shared a cover of Joy Division’s famous 1980 single, “Love Will Tear Us Apart.”
The band’s cover is accompanied by a series of moving, flashing images of scientists performing ominous experiments. Districts frontman Rob Grote adds a more animated take on Ian Curtis’ famously strange deadpan vocals while the band turns Joy Division’s jolting post-punk into a warm, indie-rock sound that Districts fans will recognize in an instant.
The Districts recently released a limited edition 7”, “Nighttime Girls,” backed by b-side “Soft Auxiliary,” via their Bandcamp page. “Nighttime Girls” is a gritty garage-pop/rock tune, which the band says is “about the allure of escapism and a character’s general preoccupation with shallowness and neon light.”
After touring with Chicago’s Twin Peaks in support of The District’s 2017 LP, Popular Manipulations, they’ll be making a stop at Napa’s BottleRock Festival, as well as some additional headlining shows and festivals across the U.K. and Europe.
Paste’s Max Freedman wrote of the band’s latest album, “Popular Manipulations resembles a sunset that’s far more than ordinary, the red sky at night before the darkness of the latest hours. It’s not letting anyone down.”
Listen to The Districts’ cover of “Love Will Tear Us Apart” and watch a clip from their 2016 Paste Studio session below. Check out their upcoming tour dates further down.
The Districts Tour Dates:
25 – Napa, Calif. @ Silos
26 – Napa, Calif. @ BottleRock Napa Valley
31 – Tunbridge Wells, U.K. @ Forum
01 – Leeds, U.K. @ Communion Room At Brudenell
02 – London, U.K. @ All Points East Festival
04 – Exeter, U.K. @ The Cavern
05 – Guilford, U.K. @ Boileroom
06 – Ramsgate, U.K. @ Music Hall
08 – Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands @ Best Kept Secret
09 – Berlin, Germany @ Musik & Frieden
11 – Bremen, Germany @ Tower
12 – Brussels, Belgium @ Atelier 210
13 – Bergen, Norway @ Bergenfest
15 – Aarhus, Denmark @ Radar
16 – Copenhagen, Denmark @ Pumpehuset