It has been nine years since New Order has released a new song. 2013's Lost Sirens hardly counts as anything new since it was unreleased tracks from 2005's Waiting on the Siren's Call. Debuting the new track "Drop the Guitar" at Lollapalooza Chile gives us the first hint as to what could be in store for their North American tour.
The track, as you would expect, is guitar heavy, but in an interview with Rolling Stone, front man and guitarist Bernard Sumner assured that the legendary post-punk group would be returning to electronic and synthesizer based material.
"That's not to say there won't be enough space on the album for enough cool guitar tracks if someone's got them. I think New Order's a hybrid band and will always remain so," says Sumner .
The song is good, but is missing one key element that was around since the Joy Division days. Go back and listen to Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures or Closer, and New Order's Movement or Power, Corruption, and Lies, there is something missing from this track that has not been part of the band since 2007. That would be Peter Hook, who has been continuing on with his own tour with Peter Hook and the Light.
That is not to say the current line up can't harken back to what made them great. Just listen to New Order's performance at New York's Carnegie Hall for the Tibet House benefit concert last month. Granted, they had Jay Dee Daugherty from the Patti Smith Group on drums, Philip Glass on piano and Iggy Pop on vocals.
Even so, New Order was a band that was ahead of it's time. In this current world of autotuned nonsense, and mind-numbing electronic-infused pop, we will just have to wait until later this year for more. Their North American tour kicks off on July 1 in Chicago and is already sold out, with five other dates following in Seattle, Vancouver, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.