Gang of Four, 2019 | Photo by Dominique Lila

In the wake of Andy Gill’s death, post-punk legends Gang of Four this week announced plans to release a new EP later this month of music he’d been working on — three re-recordings of the band’s material that will be accompanied by a pair of spoken-worked interludes from Gill.

The five-track EP, This Heaven Gives Me Migraine, is due out Feb. 26, and is preceded by a new recording of “The Dying Rays,” which first appeared on Gang of Four’s 2015 album What Happens Next. Gill had been working on the new recordings “until days before his death” on Feb. 1, according to the band’s publicist. The new EP only accounts for “part of that output.”

Andy’s wife Catherine Mayer says:

“From the hospital, Andy continued to give final notes on mixes of music that he looked forward to releasing. Since his death, I have been working with the band to fulfill his vision. The only change we have made is to include on the EP two brief recordings of Andy speaking, both, in different ways, essence of Andy.”

The EP also includes re-recordings of “Natural’s Not In It,” off 1979’s classic Gang of Four debut Entertainment!, and “Toreador” off the band’s 2019 album Happy Now, a track that evolved through live performances by the current incarnation of the band, which in addition to Gill, featured singer John “Gaoler” Sterry, bassist Thomas McNeice and drummer Tobias Humble.

Below, check out the new version of “The Dying Rays.”

 

Gang of Four, This Heaven Gives Me Migraine EP

1. “Anthrax (Andy Speaks):
2. “The Dying Rays (2020):
3. “Natural’s Not In It:
4. “Toreador:
5. “Purple in Nature (Andy Speaks):

 

 

 

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