New Order plan to release EP before the end of the year

Gillian Gilbert also comments on band's future

New Order plan to release EP before the end of the year

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New Order are planning to release an EP before the end of the year.

The band's keyboard player Gillian Gilbert says the five-piece have been writing and will record the tracks in September "once the kids have all gone back to school".

To speed up the writing process, the band – Gilbert, along with Bernard Sumner, her husband Stephen Morris, Phil Cunningham and Tom Chapman – have decided to release the EP rather than wait until they have enough material for a full album

Gilbert said: "We're waiting on Bernard's lyrics. But it's been sunny this week, so he can't possibly write when it's sunny, but we want to do things now. We don't want to be like the old New Order and keep everyone waiting for years, we want to be the new New Order. We've been writing in short bursts, so we'll just work on four songs at a time instead of waiting another two years to finish an album."

New Order, who have a new album 'Live At Bestival 2012' out now, are headlining Transmission 005 at Jodrell Bank on July 7. Johnny Marr also features on the bill, sparking rumours he might join New Order on stage for an Electronic reunion, the duo he formed with Bernard Sumner. Commenting on that, Gilbert said: "It'd be nice, wouldn't it? You never know do you."

"We're all really looking forward to playing there," she added. "We all went to see The Flaming Lips a few years ago when they did played there, so when the chance came up to do it ourselves we jumped at it. The stage is right next to the radio telescope, and while The Flaming Lips were on it moved around. It was quite a sight."

Asked whether New Order would stay together for the foreseeable future, Gilbert said the band had initially only reunited for two gigs in 2011, one in Paris and another in Brussels, before deciding to carry on.

"We did one year, and then another, and now we're writing and planning to release more music next year. It'll come to an end one day, but we don't know when. You can never tell with New Order. Just when you think the band is coming to an end, it takes off again".


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