New Order Signs to Mute Records, Plans New Release in 2015
Seminal British band New Order has inked a global record deal with U.K. indie Mute and is looking to release new material next year.
The band's last studio album, Lost Sirens, which consisted of eight unreleased tracks originally recorded during the making of 2005's Waiting For The Sirens' Call, was released by Warner Music/Rhino Entertainment in 2013.
Having formed out of the ashes of Joy Division in 1980, New Order's first five albums were released on legendary British indie Factory Records, which the group famously helped bankroll. Following Factory's demise in 1992, the Manchester-formed band released were signed to London Records in the U.K. with their U.S. releases handled by Qwest, through Warner Bros.
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Although a date has not been set for the release of new material, it is understood that New Order intends to deliver either a new EP or studio album in spring/summer 2015.
Just last month, the group, which numbers Bernard Sumner, Stephen Morris, Gillian Gilbert, Phil Cunningham and Tom Chapman, debuted a new song entitled "Plastic" during a live show at Chicago's Aragon Ballroom. Earlier in the year, the band unveiled another new synthesizer-led track called "Singularity," also known as "Drop The Guitar," during their set at the Lollapalooza festival in Chile.
Speaking to Billboard in spring 2013, Sumner said that the band intended to balance its live commitments with touring and that future releases could very well take the form of a series of EPs, which the band would then "probably put together as an album."
"We're going to focus on a couple of tracks at a time. We're not doing a whole album – not the way we used to," stated keyboardist/guitarist Gilbert in the same interview. "Instead of going away for two years and writing a record and coming back, we're going to do it this way so we still have time to carry on the tour while putting stuff out. We don't want to give up touring, but we don't want to give up writing."
Having recently completed a successful run of U.S. dates, the band plans to return to studio to continue writing in the coming months. In the meantime, Sumner's autobiography, entitled Chapter and Verse, will be published by Bantam Press on Sept. 24.
"This is an exciting new chapter for both Mute and New Order and I feel privileged to be working with artists with such a long, creative and successful history, commented Mute founder Daniel Miller in a statement confirming the signing of New Order.
"When the possibility of us working together first came up, I was invited to hear some of the new material and immediately had no doubts whatsoever that Mute would be the right home for New Order. We've already had a number of creative conversations, and I am looking towards an exciting future," continued Miller, who founded Mute in 1978 and went on to sign Depeche Mode, Moby and Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds. In addition to New Order, the label's current roster includes Goldfrapp, Erasure, Plastikman, Liars, Can, Big Deal and Cold Specks, among others.
"We couldn't imagine a better place to be than working with Daniel Miller and his team," added New Order in a statement. "Mute has a superb roster of artists and a history that complements our own. In many ways joining the label feels like we are coming home, returning to our independent roots," the band went on to say.