Freebass, the alternative rock supergroup formed by former Joy Division/New Order bass player Peter Hook, Mani from the Stone Roses/Primal Scream and Andy Rourke of The Smiths, is planning to release their as-yet-untitled debut album in March 2009, Billboard.biz can exclusively reveal.

"It's going to be out next March or I am going to fucking top myself," a jovial Hook tells Billboard.

"I'm fucking sick of talking about it," he continued. "I just want to give someone some music. I said to Mani and Andy Rourke: 'It's coming out and I don't care how rough it is. Fuck it - let's do some gigs.'"

Hook explained that the band, which also features Gary Briggs, the former singer with Manchester-based band Haven, have completed eight songs that, rather unsurprisingly sound like, "a cross between Joy Division, New Order, The Stone Roses, [The] Smiths, Primal Scream with a load of reggae and northern soul thrown in."

As previously reported, the likes of Liam Gallagher (Oasis), Ian Brown (The Stone Roses), Tim Burgess (The Charlatans), Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins) and Bobby Gillespie (Primal Scream) have all been previously mooted by Hook as guest vocalists for the project.

Citing his DJ-ing commitments as one of the reasons why Freebass has been slow to progress, the New Order bassist stated that playing live was the thing that he missed the most and that he intends the band to "definitely" tour around the time of their debut release. Dates and venues are yet to be decided.

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