The reunited New Order apparently has pushed back the release of Lost Sirens — an eight-track CD/LP package featuring material left over from the recording sessions for 2005 swan song Waiting for the Sirens’ Call — from mid-December until March 19, according to an updated listing posted by Amazon.co.uk.
The 2012 release date isn’t particularly surprising, considering the album has yet to be officially announced by either the band or the label putting it out, Rhino Records. The collection first surfaced on the sites of a number of online web retailers, including the Japanese versions of mega-sellers Amazon and HMV, in mid-November.
According to the official product description of Lost Sirens:
Following the release of TOTAL: From Joy Division To New Order in early 2011 and the surprise success of Lost Siren track “Hellbent”, New Order are proud to announce the release of The Lost Sirens, an eight track mini album featuring Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook, Stephen Morris and Philip Cunningham. Featuring a truly eclectic mix of electronica and guitars in the way only New Order know how, The Lost Sirens features eight tracks which were recorded during the sessions for Waiting For The Sirens Call and are all previously unreleased. “Hellbent” features on The Lost Sirens in it’s original non-radio edit form (as per TOTAL) and “I Told You So” is a previously unreleased mix.
While New Order hasn’t formally announced the release, keyboardist Gillian Gilbert discussed Lost Sirens in a recent Brazilian interview to promote the band’s appearance in Sao Paulo this weekend. According to an English translation, she acknowledges issues with former member Peter Hook, and says there is “a lot going on behind the scenes on the copyright.” She adds that the intention was to release the set at Christmas, “but I do not know if it will (be) delayed.”
The reunited New Order — Gilbert, Bernard Sumner, Stephen Morris, 2000s-era guitarist Phil Cunningham and Bad Lieutenant bassist Tom Chapman — played two shows in October, and is slated to perform in London and South America in this month. Future touring plans have not yet been announced, but in the Brazilian interview, Gilbert says, “We will do more festivals, we are going to Australia. We’re not thinking about recording, we’re just enjoying it now.”
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- Peter Hook: ‘New Order without Peter Hook is like Queen without Freddie Mercury’
- Q&A: Peter Hook on bringing Joy Division’s ‘Closer’ to U.S.; may perform ‘Still’ next
- New Order to reunite — without Peter Hook — for October concerts in Paris, Brussels
- Peter Hook: New Order to release 7 songs from ‘Waiting for the Sirens’ Call’ sessions
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