British post-punk legends Gang of Four today premiered a brand-new song and a brand-new lineup, with vocalist John “Gaoler” taking the place of founding member Jon King, who had participated in the group’s mid-2000s reunion and 2011 studio album Content. Below, you can stream the new song “Broken Talk,” which debuted today on Pitchfork.
According to the Go4 website, the song was written by Andy Gill — the band’s sole original member — in his London studio and in China, and it’s the first track to emerge both from a new, as-yet-untitled EP due this spring and a forthcoming new studio album that will find Gill “working with several singers and musicians, both new and established.”
Singer John “Gaoler” has been working with Go4 “for over a year now, both on stage and in the studio,” according to the band. It’s unclear when or why King left the band; original members Dave Allen and Hugo Burnham, who also initially reunited with Go4 in 2004, left in 2006.
Gang of Four plans to premiere “Broken Talk” and other new material during concerts in China and Japan next week (see dates below). The band also has recorded a Chinese language version of the new song featuring vocals by Lu Di from AV Okubo and Hua Dong from Rebuilding the Rights of Statues.
Stream: Gang of Four, “Broken Talk”
Gang of Four tour dates:
March 20: Yugong Yishan, Beijing, China
March 21: Mao Livehouse, Shanghai, China
March 23: Shimokitazawa Garden, Tokyo, Japan
March 24: Shimokitazawa Garden, Tokyo, Japan
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- Video: Gang of Four, ‘It Was Never Gonna Turn Out Too Good,’ off 2011′s ‘Content’
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- Video: Gang of Four plays ‘Never Pay for the Farm’ on Letterman
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- Download free Gang of Four EP, featuring new version of ‘Glass’
- Gang of Four releasing ‘Content’ in January with vials of band members’ blood