While the press release pins the tale of why they're doing this at all on numerology (Greg Saunier's birthday = Ian Curtis' suicide day), and strange social media coincidences (fans really want Deerhoof to cover Joy Division, apparently), all it really took was Jamie Stewart asking the San Francisco quartet if they'd be down to give the album a shot.
Let that be a lesson to you, kid.
Xiu Xiu and Deerhoof will perform Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures on April 29 at Donaufestival in Krems, Austria. Others at the festival include Rufus Wainwright, Deichkind, Panda Bear, Dan Deacon, Wolf Parade, Cobra Killer, Alec Empire & The Ex, Fuck Buttons.
While that's the only show they've so far announced, who can doubt that this feat will be repeated States-side at not one but multiple festivals. Here's looking at you, Jelly and/or ATP.