Photo by Warren Jackson
New Order today debuted their first new song in five years, the single “Be a Rebel” — you can stream it below — that had been intended to promote the group’s much-anticipated U.S. co-headlining tour with Pet Shop Boys, a trek that’s now been pushed to 2021.
The song is the first new music from New Order — Bernard Sumner, Gillian Gilbert, Stephen Morris, Tom Chapman and Phil Cunningham — since the group’s 2015 album Music Complete and its associated singles, and it follows in that record’s more electronic mold.
In a statement announcing the release, Sumner says:
“In tough times we wanted to reach out with a new song. We can’t play live for a while, but music is still something we can all share together. We hope you enjoy it… until we meet again.”
“Be a Rebel” is available digitally today via Mute Records and will be followed on a date yet to be announced by 12-inch vinyl, CD and digital bundle releases featuring remixes of the track. The photograph used for the single is by Søren Solkær, and the overall is design by Warren Jackson — not, curiously, by longtime creative partner Peter Saville.
New Order — now slated to tour with Pet Shop Boys this time next year — next month will release what’s being billed as the “definitive edition” of Power, Corruption & Lies, reissuing the 1983 album in a five-disc, multi-format box set that will include 13 previously unreleased tracks.
The band also has restored its beloved 1987 singles compilation Substance to streaming services after a long absence, complete with the second disc of B-sides.
Here’s the new single:
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