Freebass, a collaboration between New Order bassist Peter Hook, Primal Scream/Stone Roses bassist Mani, and Smiths bassist Andy Rourke, has had an album in the works since late 2005. But Hook swears they will put out an album by March, or he’ll guarantee its presence on the marketplace by killing himself. “It’s going to be out next March or I am going to fucking top myself,” he told Billboard, “I’m fucking sick of talking about it. 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.’” The album contains tons of alt-rock guest stars, including Mani’s once and former bandmates Ian Brown and Bobby Gillespie. Morrissey and Bernard Sumner, however, may not have even been called.
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.
Sadly, the one Freebass live clip available, which features Badly Drawn Boy joining them for “Love Will Tear Us Apart” at a Manchester cancer benefit, doesn’t give you much opportunity to discern how the bassists interlock. Still, this might wind up more interesting than a Revenge reunion. Or a Monaco reunion.