Gang Of Four + Alison Mosshart New Album
Gang of Four have announced the follow-up LP to 2011’s Content. What Happens Next is out February 24 in the U.S. via Metropolis Records and March 2 in the UK via Membran. Andy Gill is the only original member left in the band, with vocalist Jon King having been replaced by John “Gaoler” Sterry. The album also features a variety of guest vocalists, including Alison Mosshart of the Kills/Dead Weather, who appears on several tracks. Listen to one of them, “Broken Talk”, above.
In addition to Mosshart, the album also features vocals from German superstar Herbert Grönemeyer and the Big Pink’s Robbie Furze. Japanese guitarist Hotei also appears.
The band have also announced a batch of North American tour dates, which includes an appearance at next year’s Burgerama.
Gang of Four:
11-27 Huddersfield, England – Holmfirth Picturedome
11-28 London, England – Hammersmith Apollo
12-17 Lille, France – L’Aeronef
12-18 Fontenay Sous Bois, France – Festival Les Aventuriers
03-03 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
03-04 Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts
03-06 Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
03-07 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
03-09 Toronto, Ontario – Lee’s Palace
03-10 Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
03-12 Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater
03-13 Chicago, IL – Park West
03-14 Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge
03-15 Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse
03-17 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live Studio
03-18 Dallas, TX – Trees
03-23 San Francisco, CA – The Independent
03-25 Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up Tavern
03-28 Santa Ana, CA – Burgerama @ The Observatory
Gang of Four are an English post-punk group from Leeds. The original members were singer Jon King, guitarist Andy Gill, bass guitarist Dave Allen and drummer Hugo Burnham. They were fully active from 1977 to 1983, and then re-emerged twice in the 1990s with King and Gill. Between 2004 and 2006 the original line-up was reunited; as of 2013, Gill is the sole original member.
The band plays a stripped-down mix of punk rock, funk and dub, with an emphasis on the social and political ills of society. Gang of Four are widely considered one of the leading bands of the late 1970s/early 1980s post-punk movement. Their later albums (Songs of the Free and Hard) found them softening some of their more jarring qualities, and drifting towards dance-punk and disco. Their debut album, Entertainment!, ranked at Number 483 in Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, and is listed byPitchfork Media as the 8th best album of the 1970s. David Fricke of Rolling Stone described Gang of Four as “probably the best politically motivated band in rock & roll.”