New Order Mountain Stage, Montreal QC, August 4

New Order Mountain Stage, Montreal QC, August 4
Photo: Pat Beaudry
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While many Osheaga-goers chose to stay at the neighbouring River Stage to acquire prime real estate for Mumford and Sons, fans of all ages flocked to the Mountain Stage to watch the current incarnation of synth-rock pioneers New Order as they played hits from their extensive catalogue. Featuring three-quarters of the original line-up, the now-quintet proved that they still had the same flair as they did during their heyday. While the group no longer featured bassist Peter Hook, there were still plenty of hooks in the songs, from the guitars, synths, or singer Bernard Sumner's voice. "Bizarre Love Triangle" was a notable set highlight, as were renditions of "Ceremony" and the ever-groovy "Temptation."

The band capped the performance with a trio of songs from their Joy Division days: "Atmosphere," "Shadowplay," and "Love Will Tear Us Apart." Sumner spared the audience an attempt to emulate late Joy Division lead singer Ian Curtis's distinctive baritone, performing the songs in his own register to great success. The performances maintained the original spirit of the tunes while also keeping New Order's distinctive synth-based sound, and provided a great closer to a great set.