Freebass: It's A Beautiful Life


It's A Wonderful Life
Freebass is an English super group formed by bass guitar legends Peter Hook (Joy Division, New Order), Mani Mounfield (Stone Roses, Primal Scream), and Andy Rourke (The Smiths). “All of the songs have three basses. Mani does the low part, Andy Rourke’s in the middle and I do the high bit… it works out quite well!” stated Hook in a late 2005 NME interview. Gary Briggs (Haven, The Strays) serves as the band's full time singer.

Freebass - "Bury Me Standing"
Freebass - "Not Too Late"

Prior to the release of Freebass’ full-length It’s a Beautiful Life, Rourke amicably parted ways with the group and relocated to New York City and in September 2010, the band officially announced they were no longer a functioning group. “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. We 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.”

Peter Hook (bass) - New Order & Joy Division
Andy Rourke (guitar) - The Smiths
Gary “Mani” Mounfield (bass) - The Stone Roses & Primal Scream
Gary Briggs (vocals) - Haven & The Strays
Phil Murphy (keyboards & programming) – Man Ray
Nat Wason (guitar)
Paul Kehoe (drums)

[Published on: 12/6/10]

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