|By Steve Gullick|
It's been almost 16 years since influential post-punk band Gang of Four released their last album of all new material. The wait it finally over next year as the band's new album, Content, will be released on January 25, 2011 through Yep Roc Records. The album is the first collection of all new studio material from founding members Jon King and Andy Gill since 1995's Shrinkwrapped. Content was written by King and Gill, and was also recorded and produced by Gill. King says, "What we're trying to do is keep it totally stripped down, where everyone in the band makes an equally intense contribution."
In a press release, King explained the status of the band's music.
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. 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.The album will be available on CD and on vinyl. It will also be available in the "Ultimate Content Can": the new album on CD, a book version of an art piece Jon King and Andy Gill 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, visit www.gangoffour.co.uk.
Gang Of Four are Jon King (vocals & melodica), Andy Gill (guitar & vocals), Thomas McNeice (bass) and Mark Heaney (drums).
Gang of Four