“We feel liberated,” says New Order guitarist Phil Cunningham as he considers how the latest incarnation of the influential Manchester band compares with the one that initially reformed in 2001. “We are doing it for love and everyone is more chilled out. But to be honest, a lot of that is due to a certain person not being around.”
Cunningham laughs as he speaks, but it wouldn’t be New Order if bad blood wasn’t bubbling to the surface. Few bands possess a history weighted with so much triumph, so much tragedy, so much mythology as New Order and even now, as the reformed group prepare to headline the Mountain Stage at this weekend’s Summer Sonic events in Tokyo and Osaka, that past remains as inescapable as ever.
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