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New Order Sings For The 'Sirens'

Veteran British rock act New Order will return this spring with a new album, "Waiting for the Sirens Call," according to its official Web site. The set is due March 28 in the U.K. via Warner Music, wi

Veteran British rock act New Order will return this spring with a new album, "Waiting for the Sirens Call," according to its official Web site. The set is due March 28 in the U.K. via Warner Music, with the single "Krafty" arriving two weeks earlier.

"Waiting for the Sirens" will be released in North America via Reprise on a date to be announced.

Produced by Tore Johansson and John Leckie, "Waiting for the Sirens Call" will also feature the tracks "Jetstream" and "Sugarcane." The new set heralds a personnel change in the New Order lineup, with guitarist Phil Cunningham stepping in as a full-time member and keyboardist Gillian Gilbert exiting.

Gilbert skipped the 2001 tour in support of New Order's last album, "Get Ready," to care for her daughter by drummer Stephen Morris. Cunningham was on hand for that trek and previously played with New Order frontman Bernard Sumner in Electronic.

As previously reported, Sumner and bassist Peter Hook guest on the track "Real Thing," from Gwen Stefani's recent Interscope solo debut, "Love, Angel, Music, Baby."

In related news, a film based on the life of late Joy Division vocalist Ian Curtis will be directed by famed photographer Anton Corbijn, according to the BBC. "Touching From a Distance," which shares its name with a 1995 book written by Curtis' widow, will be executive produced by Factory Records founder Tony Wilson.

Curtis committed suicide in 1980 at the age of 23 prior to a planed American tour. His surviving bandmates went on to form New Order.