Lose control at The Bends’ St. Petersburg Joy Division tribute

DJ Sugarbear and the Shadow Run Bros celebrate 'Unknown Pleasures.'

click to enlarge A "Sunshine State, Known Pleasures" parody shit. - PHOTO BY RAY ROA
Photo by Ray Roa
A "Sunshine State, Known Pleasures" parody shit.

If you’ve enjoyed pretty much any modern indie-pop, punk or rock band over the last half century, then you probably have Joy Division to thank. On Friday, posh St. Petersburg dive The Bends will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the band’s indescribably influential 1979 album, Unknown Pleasures by tapping DJ Sugarbear and Shadow Run Bros. to play cuts from the effort, other Joy Division songs and lots of tunes that are derived from the Unknown Pleasures seed.

There’s no cover, and this may be the only time when everyone wearing an Unknown Pleasures spin-off T-shirt actually knows what the Peter Saville design actually stands for.

Fri. June 7, The Bends, 919 1st Ave N., St. Petersburg. Time 9 p.m. INFO.

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Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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