Freebass, circa 2010 (Gary Mounfield, Peter Hook Gary Briggs)

Less than a month after dropping its debut EP, Peter Hook’s triple-bass supergroup Freebass — which also features The Smiths’ Andy Rourke and Gary “Mani” Mounfield of The Stone Roses and Primal Scream — today released its five-years-in-the-making album, It’s a Beautiful Life.

The 10-track record — which finds Haven singer Gary Briggs and Monaco drummer Paul Kehoe rounding out the group — is available for purchase as a digital download from Hook’s recently launched Hacienda Records. There’s no mention on the Hacienda site or Freebass’ own page as to whether a CD release is forthcoming.

While early reports had Hooky and Co. recording with a series of vocalists, including Primal Scream’s Bobby Gillespie, Oasis’ Liam Gallagher and The Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan, the band enlisted Briggs as permanent vocalist for the album — although a few of those tracks, with vocals by The Charlatans’ Tim Burgess and ex-Wah! singer Pete Wylie, appeared on the Freebass debut EP, Two Worlds Collide.

Freebass now is poised to make its live debut with three U.K. club shows in late May and early June, followed by an appearance at the Middlesbrough Music Live Festival (see dates below). A post on the band’s site about the gigs notes, “There may well be some special guests as well but don’t expect endless covers of New Order or Joy Division songs all night — this is a band committed to performing new tracks and writing new songs.”

See ‘It’s a Beautiful Life’ tracklist and Freebass tour dates after the jump…

Freebass, 'It's a Beautiful Life'

Tracklist: Freebass, It’s a Beautiful Life

1. “Not Too Late”
2. “The Only Ones Alone”
3. “Lady Violence”
4. “World Won’t Wait”
5. “Kill Switch pt. 141”
6. “Stalingrad”
7. “Secrets and Lies”
8. “She Said”
9. “The God Machine”
10. “Plan B”

Freebass tour dates:

May 31: The Duchess, York, UK
June 1: The 100 Club, London, UK
June 2: FAC251 The Factory, Manchester, UK
June 6: Middlesbrough Music Live Festival, Middlesbrough, UK



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