In an interview with XFM, New Order bassist Peter Hook confirmed that electronic pop pioneers New Order have broken up permanently (probably for the best, considering recent output). For those assuming this is just another notoriously long break, Hook explains: “Well, yeah, me and Bernard [Sumner – New Order singer] aren’t working together. Bernard went off for a break with Electronic [his side-project band with Johnny Marr], but that was different. But itâ€™s like the boy who cried wolf this time.â€ Honestly, this quote hardly sounds convincing, but who knows? The egos in this band have always been fragile. Just break up and be done with it. No need to sully the cannon any further.
No word yet on how this will affect the band’s contribution to Anton Corbijn’s Joy Division film, ‘Control’, for which New Order had been composing the score.
Hook also spoke of his involvement in Perry Farrell’s new band, Satellite Party, having played bass on tracks he has no recollection of: “When someone phoned me up and told me that I was on Perry Farrell’s record, I thought bloody hell my drinking must be bad, I don’t remember meeting Perry Farrell, and I don’t remember the session. It is definitely me, and I did get to the bottom of it eventually.”
Turns out Hooky had improvised on some songs over two years ago by the Welsh techno outfit, Hybrid, who later teamed up with Perry Farrell “surfing in Santa Monica – as you do when you’re Welsh techno wizards” to form Satellite Party.