“We have short memories, maybe the world has not changed so
much. Polarization is not new. We had an idea that we moved forward
with; but now it’s crumbled and turned to dust. What was solid is now
Paper Thin. Once, we could shut the door but we can no longer, the
outside world will get to us, constantly, all the time.”
Andy Gill - Gang of Four
Urgent, dangerous and intense with their prolific bass sound, the Gang
of Four are, somehow, one of the best bands in Britain. The upcoming
album ‘Happy Now’ is the perfect synthesis between a modern take on the
classic GO4 sound — a pop touch with those timeless angular guitar lines
and fractured rhythms — with a fast forward vision. It’s this
combination of electronics and the jagged guitar lines pursuing 21st
century grooves that achieves a striking balance between the band’s
fundamental sound and its restless embrace of the now and the new.
Exemplified by the first single – the pulsating ‘Paper Thin’ - the
result is a body of anthemic songs of modern confusion, and ‘Happy Now’ a
record for our times.
Standout cuts such as opener ‘Toreador’, ‘Change The Locks’, ‘Ivanka: My
Name’s On it’, ‘White Lies’ and ‘I’m A Liar’ capture the full energy of
their live show which is seriously good.
Gang of Four’s new single ‘Change The Locks’ is released through
Townsend Music and is available on all major streaming platforms.
Gang of Four released a series of albums including 1979’s universally
lauded ‘Entertainment’ (which celebrates its 40th birthday in 2019) and
they have been a direct inspiration to a diverse selection of bands,
from the surrounding post-punk generation to the big bands that
followed. The Red Hot Chili Peppers, INXS, R.E.M., U2, Rage Against the
Machine, Nirvana and Massive Attack have all spoken of their debt to
Gang of Four.
More recently, the band’s influence has become almost universal — now
everybody talks about Gang of Four. From Franz Ferdinand to St Vincent,
from Sleater-Kinney and James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem to Nine Inch
Nails and IDLES, today's leading creators have GO4's influence and
imprint all over them. The band is also reaching an urban audience with
Frank Ocean sampling them on his latest album and Pharrell name-checking
the band in his interviews.
The line-up now includes bassist Thomas McNeice — who joined in 2008 —
and John ‘Gaoler’ Sterry whose fervent vocals sit perfectly alongside
Gill’s six-string invention.