New Order announced Jan. 21 it will be braving the recording studio for the first time without founding bassist Peter Hook. New Order formed with the remaining members of Joy Division after the suicide of frontman Ian Curtis on the eve of its 1980 inaugural American tour. Since then heated relationships have stirred within the band.
Hook left the band permanently in 2007. He told Spinner Magazine in 2011 that he felt that his and guitarist Bernard Sumner’s ideas for the band “were too far apart to ever come together again.”
According to a 2013 Rolling Stone article, Hook and Sumner “found themselves unable to agree on much of anything in the early 1990s.”
This year, returning members will include Sumner, keyboardist Gillian Gilbert and drummer Stephen Morris. Bad Lieutenant members Phil Cunningham and Tom Chapman will join the band on the new album. Chemical Brother Tom Rowlands is featured on unreleased tracks, “Plastic” and “Restless.”
New Order was recently featured on NME’s, “Fifty New Records You Need To Hear in 2015” list. “Lost Sirens,” its last release on Jan. 14, 2013, reached the 23rd spot on the UK charts, the band’s worst ranking since debut “Movement” in 1981.
“Now a computer is able to translate exactly what your brain is thinking,” Sumner told Rolling Stone. “It's what we were trying to achieve in the 1980s."
Sumner included that “heavy electronic sound with melodic guitars”
are expected to be heard on the upcoming and untitled album.
Once frontrunners, EMF, Echo and the Bunnymen and Tears for Fears have come and gone. Fans of the mere history of New Order should not be disappointed by this band’s relentless pursuit to keep its sound. Its sound will stay alive when all seems lost and what’s left is the music.