New Order Sign to Mute for “More Dance-Based” New Album

Marc Hogan

By Marc Hogan

Lead News Writer
on 09.02.14 in News

One of the defining bands to emerge out of the post-punk era has joined forces with one of the defining labels born during that period. New Order have signed with Mute and will release their 10th album through the influential imprint, according to an announcement today.

The pact brings together the pioneering synth-pop group that formed in 1980 from the ashes of Joy Division with the label launched two years earlier by the Normal producer Daniel Miller, whose roster over the years has included Depeche Mode, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Liars, Zola Jesus, Swans and Cold Specks. (See our Mute label profile by Philip Sherburne.)

New Order frontman Bernard Sumner has described the album as having more of a dance foundation to it. “We made a conscious decision with this next set of material for it to be more synth and dance-based,” he told Consequence of Sound recently. “More dance orientated and keyboard orientated. We’re pretty excited about that.”

This March at Lollapalooza Chile, New Order debuted their first new song since 2005, “Singularity,” then being called “Drop the Guitar.” At a July show in Chicago, they performed another new song live for the first time, “Plastic.” Both are extensive, uptempo songs that could match Sumner’s account of the upcoming record. (See our photos of New Order and La Roux at the Greek Theatre on July 13.)

Other details are still to come. Separately, DFA Records has denied reports New Order was teaming with the label.

Sumner’s memoirChapter and Verse, is set for U.K. publication on September 24 via Bantam Press, according to a post yesterday on New Order’s site. Check out the cover below.

Here’s Mute’s Miller on the signing, in an official statement:

This is an exciting new chapter for both Mute and New Order and I feel privileged to be working with artists with such a long, creative and successful history. When the possibility of us working together first came up, I was invited to hear some of the new material and immediately had no doubts whatsoever that Mute would be the right home for New Order. We’ve already had a number of creative conversations, and I am looking towards an exciting future.

And here’s New Order’s statement on the deal:

New Order are delighted to be signing to Mute. We couldn’t imagine a better place to be than working with Daniel Miller and his team. Mute has a superb roster of artists and a history that complements our own. In many ways joining the label feels like we are coming home, returning to our independent roots.

Bernard Sumner, 'Chapter and Verse' memoir