Mancunian collective Freebass have announced that they are to split before their debut album has even been released.
For a long time Freebass existed more as a rumour than a band. Mentioned in passing by Peter Hook, Mani and Andy Rourke the band converged last year to work out details of their debut album.
An eclectic affair, the resulting recordings are set to be released later this month. Titled ‘It’s A Beautiful Life’ the album unites three of Manchester’s musical legends, alongside a number of guest performers.
However in a new twist it seems that Freebass are no more. Releasing a statement this afternoon (September 9th) the Manchester based group have confirmed that they are not set to continue.
“Recent events have made Freebass entirely unviable as a band, and with this in mind, it has been decided that the project should be shelved, rather than placed on hiatus while members pursue their other interests.”
“The band would like to take the opportunity to thanks friends and fans for their support and interest, especially on the UK tour in June 2010. We also hope that people will enjoy the album, which concludes five years of work and treat it on its own merits.”
“No third parties were involved or harmed in the break up.”
Meanwhile, Mani has launched a tirade of abuse at Peter Hook. Writing on Twitter, the bass player revealed the split and then said: “i’ve actually got an ongoing career, so I don’t feel the need to exploit my past glories. I exist in the here and the now !!!.”
Continuing, he said: “I’m fine, dunno about the vulture who is ravenously devouring the last morsels of putrid flesh from Wilson/Curtis bones.”
Finishing, Mani claimed the Freebass album was “where it belongs mate…. In the fuckin bargain bin before it’s even released. you live and learn. I’m still no 1 though.”
Peter Hook is yet to respond.