New York: Factory America, 1981. Vintage poster for the November 19, 1981 performance by New Order, with New York band Ike Yard, at The Ukranian Ballroom, New York City, New Order's first US appearance.
The poster, designed by Ike Yard member Stuart Argabright and the head of the newly formed Factory Records outpost, Factory America, Michael Shamberg, would be—along with the concert itself—the first production for Factory America, referenced in the poster's top most text, "A Fact A First." The lower left text "Fact A / Blind Dates" refers to Factory America and legendary booker and music promoter Ruth Polsky's booking agency Blind Dates. The concert was filmed by Shamberg and released as a VHS in 1983 by Factory America as "Taras Schevchenko."
An early New Order performance, made a week after the Factory Records release of the band's first LP, "Movement"—a brief period before the band developed their signature electronic dance sound, and were still largely a post punk band performing in the wake of their previous incarnation, "Joy Division." Ironically, the time spent in New York, with exposure to post-disco, Latin freestyle, and electro, strongly influenced the band's change in direction.
Ike Yard, formed in 1980, were an experimental New York art rock collective formed in the ebbing days of No Wave, and were the first band signed to Shamberg's Factory America.
A striking graphic marking an early watershed moment for New Order and Factory Records.
22.5 x 17.25 inches, on letterpress paper stock as issued. Lightly soiled and creased, with a couple of small closed tears at the folds, and a small chip at the top edge. Easily Very Good plus overall.