Following the release of 2011’s Content, UK post-punk outfit Gang of Four underwent some lineup changes. Specifically, 2012 saw the departure of frontman Jon King, replaced by former Gaoler’s Daughter frontman John Sterry. The young singer now leads a lineup that includes bassist Thomas McNeice and the group’s sole original member, singer-guitarist Andy Gill. So, perhaps Gang of Three might be a bit more accurate nowadays?
We’ll hear the first full-length LP from this latest configuration when the band releases its eighth studio album, What Happens Next, on February 24th via Metropolis Records. The album features a number of guest vocalists and instrumentalists, including Big Pink’s Robbie Furze, Japanese guitarist Hotei, and German singer Herbert Grönemeyer. The most notable guest, however, is Alison Mosshart, who appears on several album tracks, including lead single “Broken Talk”.
Musically, “Broken Talk” is what we’ve come to expect from Gang of Four: jagged rock ‘n’ roll facilitated by Gill’s angular guitars and some truly under-stated but effective drumming. However, the inclusion of Mosshart adds something new to the equation, as her punk-rock-Pat-Benatar croon adds a much-needed sense of organic romanticism to the band. It may only be a temporary partnership, but it definitely helps to define the band’s new era. Listen in below.
Additionally, Gang of Four has announced new US tour dates. Following some UK shows this winter, the 15-date run spans the entire month of March. Consult the full schedule below.
Gang of Four 2014/2015 Tour Dates:
11/27 – Huddersfield, UK @ Holmfirth Picturedome
11/28 – London, UK @ Hammersmith Apollo
12/17 – Lille, UK @ L’Aeronef
12/18 – Fontenay Sous Bois, FR @ 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, ON @ Leo’s Place
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