Listen to New Order’s heavenly new single ‘Be A Rebel’

The synth-pop legends tell NME about their new, bittersweet one-off single

New Order have returned with their first new material in five years. Hear the new single ‘Be A Rebel’ below.

Trading in the dancier elements of the band’s classic, elegiac synth-based sound, the bittersweet ‘Be A Rebel’ is the first new music from the band since their acclaimed 2015 album ‘Music Complete‘.

“In tough times we wanted to reach out with a new song,” said frontman Bernard Sumner. “We can’t play live for a while, but music is still something we can all share together. We hope you enjoy it…until we meet again.”

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Speaking to NME about the track, drummer Stephen Morris said: “It’s kind of carrying on from ‘Music Complete’. It’s a very dance-y song.”

He continued: “It’s been a bit strange making a record via remote control, with the song getting batted about backwards and forwards, but hopefully it’s turned out alright!

“It’s just a one-off at the minute. We thought we’d start with one and then see how it goes.”

‘Be A Rebel’ is available digitally now and will be followed soon by 12”, CD and a digital bundle, featuring remixes.

This comes after New Order’s classic best of compilation ‘Substance’ finally returned to streaming services this weekend after being missing for five years.

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New Order will return to the stage in 2021 when they’ll play  a rescheduled one-off headline show at The O2 in London, as well as their co-headline tour with Pet Shop Boys in the US, which was due to begin this month. Next month will see the band release a special vinyl boxset of their seminal 1983 album ‘Power Corruption & Lies’. The ‘2020 Definitive Edition’ will arrive on October 2 and feature an LP, two CDs, two DVDs and a book.

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