Not really, but it’s definitely the week for old(er) music dudes to be hurting folks’ feelings. This situation with Mani and Peter Hook’s a bit harsher than Lou Reed turning Susan Boyle into mush by telling her she couldn’t cover “Perfect Day”: I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but looks like Freebass, the bass-centric group of New Order/Joy Division’s Hook, the Smiths’ Andy Rourke, and Stone cold Rose Mani, are having bigger problems than just their name: They’ve called it quits a few weeks before their debut album comes out. An album that took five years to make. Gary “Mani” Mounfield took to the tweets to air his grievances:
Three things visible from space, Great Wall Of China, Peter Hook’s wallet stuffed with Ian Curtis’ blood money, Man City’s empty trophy cabinet!
I’ve actually got an ongoing career, so I don’t feel the need to exploit my past glories. I exist in the here and the now.
It’s where it belongs mate… in the fucking bargain bin before it’s even released [...] You live and learn.
Not all of those things are true. Satellite Party collaborator Peter Hook offered URB a more measured “statement”:
Freebass – (and so we face…) The Final Curtain
It is with great sadness that just prior to the long awaited album release of It’s A Beautiful Life we have to announce that the much anticipated Mancunian union of bassists, Freebass, is no longer a functioning group.
Recent events have made Freebass entirely unviable as a band, and with this in mind, it has been decided that the project should be shelved, rather than placed on hiatus while members pursue their other interests.
The band would like to take the opportunity to thanks friends and fans for their support and interest, especially on the UK tour in June 2010. We also hope that people will enjoy the album, which concludes five years of work and treat it on its own merits.
No third parties were involved or harmed in the break up.
Don’t worry people, we still have the music.