Bad Lieutenant Comes to Webster HallApril 16th, 2010
First there was Joy Division, the English post-punk pioneers of the late ’70s fronted by the troubled Ian Curtis. He unsuccessfully tried to deal with depression and epilepsy and, ultimately, committed suicide the day before the band’s first American tour was scheduled to begin. So the three remaining members, Peter Hook, Stephen Morris and Bernard Sumner, decided to carry on—combining their post-punk roots with electronica to much acclaim—under the name New Order. That highly influential group put out eight albums and weathered a hiatus before ultimately breaking up. So Sumner got together with Phil Cunningham and Jake Evans and the trio became Bad Lieutenant, and they put out their first album, Never Cry Another Tear, last year. “I’m very proud of it,” said Sumner. “It’s a very good album. It’s pretty guitar-y because we’ve got three guitars in the band.” They’ve since put out a few singles and are playing Coachella tomorrow. But since that’s far from here, you’re in luck because Bad Lieutenant (above, performing “Sink or Swim” and “Bizarre Love Triangle”) plays Webster Hall Next Wednesday.