New Order's Bernard Sumner debuts Bad Lieutenant

Sumner, Evans and Cunningham are Bad Lieutenant. Wait...there's three of them
Sumner, Evans and Cunningham are Bad Lieutenant. Wait...there's three of them

New Order's Bernard Sumner is unveiling his new band Bad Lieutenant by making their first single, Sink Or Swim, available as a free download.

The group, comprised of Sumner (vocals, guitar), latterday New Order member Phil Cunningham (guitar) and Jake Evans (vocals, guitar), formed in 2007 and are due to release their debut album, Never Cry Another Tear, on 12 October in the UK.

"This album is very important to me," says Sumner, who shares production credit with his bandmates. "We've worked hard on it and I'm proud of it."

Sumner seems particularly taken with Evans's performance on the record, adding, "It's also important because it gives people the chance to hear a gifted new singer and guitar player who I think is really talented." (We'll have to wait just a bit longer to hear him, however: Sumner sings lead on Sink Or Swim.)

Unorthodox album release

In the US, Never Cry Another Tear (distributed by the band's own Triple Echo Records) will receive a sightly unorthodox release pattern: On 6 October it will be available as a digital download through Amazon. Subsequently, for one month beginning 13 October, the record can be purchased as a physical CD via Amazon. Finally, on 10 November, the physical CD will be available at all outlets.

In the meantime, you can download the single Sink Or Swim on the official Bad Lieutenant website.

Pre-order Bad Lieutenant here: Amazon

Joe Bosso

Joe is a freelance journalist who has, over the past few decades, interviewed hundreds of guitarists for Guitar WorldGuitar PlayerMusicRadar and Classic Rock. He is also a former editor of Guitar World, contributing writer for Guitar Aficionado and VP of A&R for Island Records. He’s an enthusiastic guitarist, but he’s nowhere near the likes of the people he interviews. Surprisingly, his skills are more suited to the drums. If you need a drummer for your Beatles tribute band, look him up.