New Order

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In late 2011, New Order reformed to play two benefit shows for long-time friend and collaborator Michael Shamberg.

It came as a surprise to many who believed the influential Mancunians to be well and truly over following a very public split with bass player Peter Hook in 2007. All the more surprising was the announcement that original member Gillian Gilbert, who’d left in 2001, was back after a decade outside the group.

It came as a surprise to many who believed the influential Mancunians to be well and truly over following a very public split with bass player Peter Hook in 2007. All the more surprising was the announcement that original member Gillian Gilbert, who’d left in 2001, was back after a decade outside the group.

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Suede

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Having reformed in 2010, UK indie legends Suede are traversing uncharted territory.

While a lot of reunited acts barely make it through the first burst of hype and nostalgia a reunion brings, let alone the recording and release of a new album, Suede have now progressed to another phase: the release of their second post-reformation album, Night Thoughts. For Suede’s bass player, Mat Osman, the group’s follow-up to 2013’s Bloodsports comes out of a combination of hard graft and the need to push themselves artistically.

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You Am I – Porridge & Hotsauce

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★★★★

It’s been five years since You Am I last put out a new album and while some of the intervening time was spent looking back (both through reissues and album playback shows), those hoping that the trip down memory lane might inspire a return to the sounds of Hi Fi Way or Hourly, Daily probably need to stop living in the past and get out more.

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