New Order’s Bernard Sumner says band feud with Peter Hook is ‘getting boring’

Manchester electro veterans are set to release their new album 'Music Complete' tomorrow (September 25)

New Order frontman Bernard Sumner has admitted the band’s ongoing feud with ex-bassist Peter Hook is “getting boring”.

The Manchester outfit are set to release their first new studio album – ‘Music Complete’ – in 10 years tomorrow (September 25). The LP is also their first without Hook, who left the band acrimoniously in 2007.

Sumner told Rolling Stone: ”It’s a real shame. My heart bleeds for him. He left the band, and then he complained about leaving the band. But I wish him good luck and that he gets on with what he’s chosen to do instead of calling me all sorts of names. He’s so angry. If you choose to take a path in life, don’t blame other people for the path you’ve chosen to take … It must be getting a bit boring for people. He did leave a bad taste in my mouth.”


Drummer Stephen Morris added: ”I really don’t like it when members of bands slag each other off in the press. If you’ve got a problem, you should sort it out without going public. It’s not very pretty, is it?”

Despite their criticism of Hook, Sumner did say he respected the work the former bassist did with the band and Joy Division

”I think we made some great records with Peter. I would never diss what he’s done as a musician. But we couldn’t get on together, so he’s gone off to do his thing and it’s his choice,” he added.

The tracklisting for ‘Music Complete’ is:

‘Tutti Frutti’
‘People on the High Line’
‘Stray Dog’
‘Nothing But a Fool’
‘Unlearn This Hatred’
‘The Game’

Speaking to NME about the album earlier this year, Sumner said the group had put their guitars away and returned to a more original New Order sound. “It’s an electronic-sounding album, dance-based but not housey. It’s being mixed by Craig Silvey [Arcade Fire, REM, Nine Inch Nails, Portishead], and we’ve worked with Tom Rowlands from The Chemical brothers on three tracks,” he said.