Published Jun 12, 2009If you were at all doubting New Order's break-up, it's now looking pretty damn likely. The entire band - minus bass man Peter Hook - have formed a new group, with none other than Blur bassist Alex James filling ol' Hooky's shoes. The band made up of James and New Order's Bernard Sumner, Stephen Morris and Phil Cunningham have dubbed themselves Bad Lieutenant, and are reportedly set to release their debut full-length effort in October.
"I'm very proud of it, it's a very good album," Sumner told the BBC. "It's pretty guitary too because we've got three guitarists in the band."
In an old 2007 MySpace post from the UK outfit Rambo and Leroy, the band's Jake and Matt Evans also said they were involved with the Bad Lieutenant project, as was Jack Mitchell from Haven. However, the BBC made no mention of the three now being part of the group's line-up.
Sumner went on to say Bad Lieutenant have several live dates lined up for later this year and in 2010, and live footage of the track "Sink or Swim" has already surfaced online in video form (see below).
As most New Order followers already know, the band unofficially broke up in 2007, resulting in a very public war of words between Hook and the rest of the group.
"We split into two factions, there's me, Steve and Phil. The other is Peter Hook," said Sumner. "Basically he left the band, that's all I want to say about it."
The singer did not mention whether the choice of band name Bad Lieutenant has anything to do with Werner Herzog recently putting his own cinematic stamp on the 1992 Harvey Keitel movie movie of the same name.
Perhaps more importantly, Hook has yet to comment on how he feels about being replaced by a cheese farmer.