Earlier this year, New Order debuted “Singularity” (fka “Drop the Guitar”), their first new song in nine years. Last night, during a concert at Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom, the influential outfit teased fans with another new composition entitled, “Plastic”.
Our own Michael Roffman attended the show and had this to say about “Plastic”:
Like “Singularity”, there’s a familiar wash to the song, echoing theirTechnique-era, only with a scruff of Kraftwerk. Lyrically, Sumner riffs on someone who’s “fantastic”, “special”, and “iconic” and I have to imagine it’s a biting commentary on society’s endless obsession with celebrity. Whatever the case, it proved a worthy risk, given that the crowd was clearly their for the hits (which they delivered in full). As Sumner professed, “We have to write some new songs to keep this a viable band.”
Watch fan-shot footage of the performance below.
New Order has been teasing the release of a new full-length album ever since they reunited back in 2011, but still no word on the timetable for its release.