Joy Division and Gothic Rock

While we’re still in the topic, I just found out that Joy Division, one of my favorite band, was recognized as one of the influential proponents of Gothic rock. I listen to their songs when I feel sad. Having bad moments certainly need an outlet, when you feel like you’re all alone in the world and nobody understands you. Listening to their songs when you feel down somehow makes you feel that they can relate to you. The sound of this band is dark, moody, and brooding with lyrics as dark as the music itself. Ian Curtis, the vocalist and lyricist, sang in his deep baritone voice, sounded strange at first, but then you will feel that it exactly what this music needs. His voice, at times felt so raw, adds the important Gothic factor. And he died young, very young, when he was only 23. His suicide catapulted Curtis (and the band) into an iconic and almost mythical status.

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I watched Control a couple of days ago. It was the biopic of Ian Curtis. I especially loved the breakthrough performance of Sam Riley. I think he was perfectly cast. He was somehow able to capture Curtis ‘raw-ness’. He convincingly looked inexperienced and provincial. The movie was shot in black and white, giving the impression of the ‘true-ness’ of the story and felt connected to the era, England in the 70’s.

“Atmosphere”

by Joy Division

Walk in silence,
Don’t walk away, in silence.
See the danger,
Always danger,
Endless talking,
Life rebuilding,
Don’t walk away.

Walk in silence,
Don’t turn away, in silence.
Your confusion,
My illusion,
Worn like a mask of self-hate,
Confronts and then dies.
Don’t walk away.

People like you find it easy,
Naked to see,
Walking on air.
Hunting by the rivers,
Through the streets,
Every corner abandoned too soon,
Set down with due care.
Don’t walk away, in silence,
Don’t walk away.

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