Peter Hook’s basslines helped define the New Order sound, but it’s looking less and less likely that he’ll return to perform with the group. Instead, he’s formed a Mancunian bass player supergroup named Freebass with Andy Rourke from the Smiths and Gary “Mani” Mountfield from the Stone Roses/Primal Scream.
Speaking to the Quietus, Hook said: “There is no current situation [with New Order]. We split up two years ago. For a while Bernard seemed to be a bit confused about that but now, from what I gather, he’s accepted it. I think there would have to be a terrible lot of blood letting. It’s been very… it’s been the messiest divorce I’ve ever had, let’s put it that way.”
The Freebass album will be released at approximately the same time as a record by Bad Lieutenant—the band formed by Hook’s old New Order buddies, Bernard Sumner and Stephen Morris. “It’s a very strange position to be in, especially with the fact that we’ve both got records coming out together at the same time”, he said. “It’s very weird. But it’s exciting. It’s a bit like a fat version of Blur and Oasis.”