Led by New Order/Joy Division’s Bernard Sumner (guitar and vocals) alongside Phil Cunningham (guitar) and Jake Evans (guitar and vocals), Bad Lieutenant was formed in 2007. But it wasn’t until recently that the band was considered more than a self-indulgent outing. Part of the reason for this is the release of their long awaited debut album Never Cry Another Tear. The album’s mix of jangly indie pop and electronic recalls Bernard’s work with New Order while the addition of Blur bassist Alex James and Stephen Morris (New Order and Joy Division) on various tracks fleshes out the sound. “There is some continuity to the music I’ve made in the past,” says Bernard. “But this is very different – because different people are playing on it. This is just how I now want to make music – it feels right to me and I hope at least a few other people feel the same.” Well, we do Bernard.
Get court marshaled at www.myspace.com/badlieutenantmusic and listen to ‘Sink Or Swim’ (Triple Echo Records) by Bad Lieutenant.