Ian Curtis’ crew may not be the most obvious to get the New Orleans jazz treatment from Hot 8, but anyone who knows a little about the band will understand where they’re coming from when it comes to being cursed by tragedy: the destruction left behind by Hurricane Katrina, the deaths of five band members and trumpeter Terrell ‘Burger’ Batiste losing his legs in a car crash to name a few.
“We fell in love with this song a long time ago” the band explains, “it has a deep emotional meaning. Although we do listen to a lot of funk, jazz and rap, we listen to British music all the time here in New Orleans and love England’s punk scene. Love tears us apart as we see friends pass and go, but of course they’re still part of us and the love we feel collectively. The more we play it and see people reacting, the more we add pieces to it. Sometimes we play it on the streets people dance on a particular spot in the song and we realise that’s what we want to emphasise to be able to give something back to the crowd. In America today, it’s so important to bring people together.
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Below: Hot 8 at Band On The Wall in Manchester, shot by Air Adam Photography