Bad Lieutenant, the recently formed collective featuring Joy Division/New Order members Bernard Sumner, Stephen Morris, and Phil Cunningham, Jake Evans, and Blurs Alex James, is finally ready to unveil what happens when such a group of individuals get together.
The fun will kick off beginning October 6th when the foursome unveils Never Cry Another Tear via personal imprint Triple Echo Records. Initially and for a one-week period, the album will be available as a digital download exclusively through Amazon.com; subsequently, for one month beginning October 13, the full, physical CD can be purchased only at Amazon.com. Then, on November 10th, the album will be distributed to all other retail outlets via a partnership with Original Signal Recordings. Got all that?
Good, because there is more. Right this very second, one of Never Cry Another Tear‘s tracks, “Sink or Swim”, is available as a free digital download via the band’s website. Come September 28th, the song, along with another track titled “Dynamo” will be released as a single via digital retailers.
As for the actual content of the release? Well, we can tell you the effort was self-produced and, as the issued press release notes, “features musicians who helped make the legendary New Order a Platinum-selling band and one of the most influential forces over the past three decades in the alt/rock/dance genres.” The sound is described as featuring “crisp, streamlined 21st century guitar music, underscored by keyboards and occasional melodica, and the distinct vocals and guitar work of Evans.”
Bad Lieutenant will support the release(s) with a yet-to-be announced North American tour. Until then, you’ll have to head to Europe to catch them live.
Bad Lieutenant 2009 Tour Dates:
10/20 – Brighton, UK @ Brighton Digital
10/21 – London, UK @ Heaven
10/22 – Manchester, UK @ Ritz
11/04 – Paris, FR @ Festival des Inrocks