New Order's Peter Hook, circa 2001

Former New Order bassist Peter Hook’s long-gestating Freebass project — which also features the four-stringed talents of The Smiths’ Andy Rourke and Gary “Mani” Mounfield of The Stone Roses and Primal Scream — is poised to release its debut EP, dubbed Two Worlds Collide.

The four-track collection will be released “soon” by Hook’s just-launched — and appropriately named — Hacienda Records, although an official release date isn’t set, according to fan site NewOrderOnline.com. The EP features vocal appearances by The Charlatans’ Tim Burgess, ex-Wah! singer Pete Wylie and, apparently, notorious drug smuggler Howard Marks. Hooky himself handles the mic on the EP’s final cut, “Live Tomorrow You Go Down.”

The news, of course, comes as Hook’s ex-bandmate Bernard Sumner prepares to release the debut LP by his new band, Bad Lieutenant, which also features New Order drummer Stephen Morris and late-era guitarist Phil Cunningham. Never Cry Another Tear is due out Oct. 6, and the band will make its live debut later in the month.

Hook first began punting the idea of Freebass as far back as 2004 — before New Order’s 2007 dissolution — saying he envisioned the three bassists playing together: “Mani does the low part, Andy Rourke in the middle and I do the high bit,” Hook told the NME in 2005. “But it works out quite well.” In the ensuing years, the trio recorded with a number of vocalists, including Liam Gallagher, Ian Brown and Billy Corgan.

This summer, Freebass finished work on its debut album and mixed the as-yet-untitled record’s 12 tracks, plus the four cuts that comprise the forthcoming EP. For the album, the majority of the vocals are handled by Haven singer Gary Briggs, with Monaco drummer Paul Kehoe filling out the band. (Hear samples of three songs that didn’t make the cut.)

As Hook opened his “mixing diaries” on Freebass’ MySpace page this summer:

“At last the writing has been finished and apart from a few b-side things to finish, the point has come to finish the project. I started work with Mani and Rourky, with Roger Lyons engineering on 2/1/2004,  Since then we have had a lot to do, not least on my part New Order until we split up! DJing all over the place, gotta pay the bills, ain’t we?”

Yet Freebass isn’t Hook’s only current project; next week in the U.K., the bassist’s book “The Hacienda: How Not to Run a Club” will be published, and he’ll also see the release of the new 2CD set Hacienda Acid House Classics he compiled.

See the EP’s tracklist and a video promo ‘How Not to Run a Club’ after the jump…

Tracklist: Freebass, Two Worlds Collide

1. “You Don’t Know This About Me” (f/ Tim Burgess)
2. “Milky Way Is Our Playground” (f/ Pete Wylie)
3. “Dark Starr” (f/ Howard Marks)
4. “Live Tomorrow You Go Down”

Video: Peter Hook’s “The Hacienda: How Not to Run a Club”

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