Listen Down: New Order’s New Song ‘Be a Rebel’

New Order has released its first track in 5 years and delays its tour with Pet Shop Boys until Fall of 2021

By Bubba Krishnamurti

Previously slated to tour with fellow New-Wave legends Pet Shop Boys, New Order has released a new song as the world eagerly anticipates a return to live music. The tour is expected to be delayed at least until fall of 2021. Vocalist Bernard Sumner recently said in a press release, “We can’t play live for a while, but music is still something we can all share together.” “In tough times we wanted to reach out with a new song,” Sumner wrote. “We can’t play live for a while, but music is still something we can all share together.”

“Be a Rebel” is the first new production from New Order since 2015’s Music Complete. The track is quintessential New Order of the more upbeat fashion — both rhythmically and behaviorally. The irony is that while modern synth-pop acts emulate New Order with overblown pastiche and mimicry soundscapes, New Order emulate themselves with effortless melody and straightforward arrangements. The band is slated to release a reissued box set of 1983’s Power, Corruption & Lies on October 2nd. 

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