"Manchester has lost it's way a bit musically"
The former Joy Division and New Order bassist, currently touring with The Light, said that while there are a few exceptions with The 1975 and Blossoms, he still finds himself ‘calling for a new band’ to compete with the old guard.
“I love the 1975, I must admit they are fantastic,” Hooky told NME. “I’ve known Matt [Healy, frontman] ever since he was a kid. I went to see them at the arena and it was great. He’s a fantastic singer. I said to him ‘have you been listening to a lot of Brian Eno LPs?’ and he said ‘fucking hell, you’ve caught me’ .
“I do like Eno, and what I think Matt’s done is put that spirit of Eno in a group. I think it’s quite uncompromising which is what we need -a spark of awkwardness and not doing what your told. I love him for that.”
Hooky continued: “Blossoms are good too, but you know – I think for the first time I would have to admit that Manchester has lost it’s way a bit musically. It’s up to me as the ambassador to plug the good bits until the great bits come along.
“It is great to see Liam [Gallagher] doing so well. I think he lived in Noel’s shadow for so long and I’m really enjoying that at the moment. But as for new things in Manchester – it’s very difficult to compete with the things we achieved. It’s calling for a new musician to get a band together and realise that every old fucker is still out there.”
He added: “‘Fucking hell all them old bastards, getting in the way, ah bollocks’! What we were trying to achieve was to get rid of all the old bastards. Now we are the old bastards we won’t go!”
Tour dates and tickets
Thursday December 7 2017 – NORWICH Waterfront
Friday December 8 2017 – SALISBURY City Hall
Saturday December 9 2017 – BRISTOL Marble Factory
Thursdat December 14 2017 – WOLVERHAMPTON Slade Rooms
Fridat December 15 2017 – MANCHESTER Academy
Saturday December 16 2017 – WAKEFIELD Warehouse 23
Monday December 18 – LONDON Roundhouse
Meanwhile, he’ll also be on the road with Haçienda Classiçal next year. Full dates are below and tickets are available here.
Saturday May 19, 2018 – GLASGOW Braehead Arena
Saturday June 30, 2018 – MANCHESTER Castlefield Bowl
Saturday August 18, 2018 – EDINBURGH Royal Highland Centre
Friday September 28, 2018 – LONDON Royal Albert Hall
Saturday September 29, 2018 – LEEDS first direct Arena