When it was announced almost exactly a year ago that Matt Johnson would be assembling a new lineup of The The and touring again, fans around the world needed a minute to gather themselves. Because, while reunion tours are commonplace, this one feels special. The The haven’t toured in 16 years, and they haven’t played North America in 18. That the post-punk icons are back is cause for genuine celebration. Even better, Johnson appears to be in fine form. Those familiar with the work of The The know that Johnson is a true punk poet — a man capable of turning personal tragedy and genuinely heart-wrenching pain into something achingly beautiful. Like Morrissey if he wasn’t a dick, Johnson mines his own heart and soul for lyrics that have an emotional impact on those open to them. There’s new music in the works, too, so we have that to look forward to.