Bad Lieutenant, the new band formed by New Order singer Bernard Sumner, has announced a three-date U.K. tour to coincide with its debut album in October.

Bad Lieutenant's debut studio set "Never Cry Another Tear" is released Oct. 5 on Triple Echo Records with European distribution by Universal's Co-Operative Music. A U.S. release is planned but details are yet to be confirmed.

Blur's Alex James contributed to the recording of the album but will not tour with the band. Tom Chapman will play bass on all live dates.

The Manchester-based band's confirmed U.K. dates are scheduled for Oct. 20 at Brighton Digital, Oct. 21 at London's Heaven venue and Oct. 22 at the Manchester Ritz. The promoter is SJM and the booking agent is X-Ray Touring.

Bad Lieutenant will also play the Paris Festival des Inrocks, Nov.4.

Alongside Sumner, the live band will also feature New Order and Joy Division drummer Stephen Morris, guitarist Phil Cunningham, who has previously toured with New Order, and newcomer Jake Evans.

An edited version of the band's debut single, a new wave-flavored track entitled "Sink Or Swim", is currently streaming on the band's MySpace page and the song will be made available for a limited period as a free download, beginning Aug. 28, to everyone who signs up to the Bad Lieutenant mailing list. A full U.K. release of "Sink Or Swim" follows Sept. 28.

"This album is very important to me," said Sumner in a statement posted on the band's MySpace page. "We've worked hard on it and I'm proud of it."

"There is some continuity to the music I've made in the past," Sumner added. "But this is very different - because different people are playing on it. This is just how I now want to make music - it feels right to me and I hope at least a few other people feel the same."

Alt-rock act New Order has been on indefinite hiatus since 2007 when bassist Peter Hook confirmed that the band had split up for "personal" reasons. In a recent interview Hook liked the acrimonious split to "the messiest divorce I've ever had."

Freebass, a Manchester-based band featuring Peter Hook, former Smiths' bassist Andy Rourke, Gary 'Mani' Mounfield from the Stone Roses and Primal Scream and singer Gary Briggs, once of Haven, is also rumored to be releasing its as-yet-untitled debut studio set later this year, although no release date has been confirmed.