The already uncertain status of New Order has just gotten a little cloudier.

The already uncertain status of New Order has just gotten a little cloudier.

In the wake of bassist Peter Hook's recent assertion that the pioneering synth-pop band had broken up, vocalist Bernard Sumner and drummer Stephen Morris today (July 20) released a statement insisting New Order will continue on.

"After 30 years in a band together we are very disappointed that Hooky has decided to go to the press and announce unilaterally that New Order have split up," the ysaid. "We would have hoped that he could have approached us personally first. He does not speak for all the band, therefore we can only assume he no longer wants to be a part of New Order."

In May, Hook posted on his MySpace.com page that he was "relieved" to finally reveal that New Order was finished. He has since repeated comments to that effect in interviews.

And while Sumner and Morris said New Order continues "to exist," they gave no further information as to the present status of the band. New Order last played live in November in Buenos Aires and released its latest studio album, "Waiting for the Sirens' Call," in 2005.