Every bit as powerful and insightful as their classic work, CONTENT, the new album from Gang Of Four, sees founding members Jon King and Andy Gill continuing to deliver intelligent, powerful and liberating rock & roll that is both provocative and simply thrilling. “What we’re trying to do is keep it totally stripped down, where everyone in the band makes an equally intense contribution,” says King. With the simple but tough and loud sound of drums, guitar, bass and vocals on new tracks like “Who Am I?,” “You Don’t Have To Be Mad,” “I Can’t Forget Your Lonely Face” and “I Party All The Time,” the songwriting on CONTENT is just as challenging and unconventional in 2010 as it was in 1978.
“What I’ve been thrilled by over the years is that our music still seems to make sense to our audiences, however old they are, and these days they’re mostly under 30,” says King. “They tell us that our music means something, that it makes them want to go start a band. That amazes me. I would never have imagined when we started off that we would have this impact after such a long time.”
From creating one of music’s pre-eminent debut albums (1979’s ENTERTAINMENT) to influencing a wide range of punk, post-punk and indie rock bands (R.E.M., Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sonic Youth, Bloc Party, The Rapture, Franz Ferdinand and hundreds more), Gang Of Four have triumphantly defined their place in rock ‘n roll.
Set for a January 25th release on Yep Roc, CONTENT is the band’s first album of new material in years and was written by King and Gill, and recorded and produced by Andy Gill.
The album will be available in a standard CD release and on vinyl. It will also be available in the Ultimate Content Can – this contains the new album on CD, a book version of an art piece Jon and Andy have done on ceramic tiles depicting the last 40 years of world history, a book of lyrics, a book of Rotoscoped photographs of the band’s emotions, phials of band members’ blood and a scratch and sniff booklet which reflects the key areas of human activity. For further details, visitwww.gangoffour.co.uk
Gang Of Four are Jon King (vocals & melodica), Andy Gill (guitar & vocals), Thomas McNeice (bass) and Mark Heaney (drums.)