This is pretty incredible. Read the story first.
New Order – Homage (1980 Western Works demo session)
This recording dates to September, 1980—just months after Joy Division had ended. The recordings come from a fan-rescued reel of audio. Full story at The Power of Independent Trucking. The writer on that site remarks:
These tracks show the band’s emotions – both musical and lyrical – laid out to bare themselves to the world. Hesitant yet brave, restrained yet oddly forward-looking, New Order find themselves seeking the path at this very early stage – a path that would not be truly explored publicly for at least another 12 months – that would lead them out of the Joy Divsion shadow into completely new realms of songcraft.
(audio via masochisticopposite)