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After a wildly successful continental tour in tribute to postpunk heroes JOY DIVISION, Los Angeles-based dance rock stalwarts MOVING UNITS have announced the final dates to their Collision With Joy Division Tour.  The dates are:

May 10th Seattle  Sunset Tavern
May 11th Portland  Star Theater
May 12th Sacramento  The Starlite Lounge
May 13th Reno  @ Sculpture Fest at Trocadero Room
May 14th San Francisco  The Chapel
May 20th Los Angeles Regent Theater
May 27th San Diego Blonde Bar

Playing a full set of Joy Division classics including “Transmission”, “Atmosphere”, “Warsaw” and, of course, “Love Will Tear Us Apart” as well as a second set of their own dance rock anthems such as “Between Us & Them”, “The World Is Ours”, “Pink Thoughts”, and “The Opposite of Rhyming” among others, Moving Units apply appropriate respect and reverence to the classics while injecting their own dance-rock stamp.

“It was kinda like the soundtrack to the discontent of my youth,” says vocalist Blake Miller of Joy Division.  The creative storm that has resulted from this adoration begat both the tribute tour and the companion album Collision With Joy Division which was independently released in February 2017. “I was drawn to the moody industrial sound of their debut album Unknown Pleasures when I was a freshman in college,” he continues about the band’s sultry lure. “And [late Joy Division lead singer] Ian Curtis has this ‘Frank Sinatra smacked out on valium and uppers’ vocal style I really love. I remember feeling captivated by this band while I drove around my desolate hometown in suburban Detroit.”

“I think we share a deep artistic connection with their music,” he says about the reasons behind waging such a daunting tour. “Our band was very inspired by Joy Division and similarly innovative post punk bands from that era like A Certain Ratio, PiL, Section 25 and The Fall. So when we approached the material, we decided to learn the songs note-for-note and then apply our own musical brush strokes and accents to our versions.”

The album Collision With Joy Division was produced by Dave Trumfio (Wilco, Jesus & Mary Chain, Built To Spill) and Blake Miller.  Says Miller excitedly, “I think we captured the raw impulsive attitude of their songs and their performance style in a way that both honors their legacy and breathes fresh air into the music.”

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