Gang of Four announced the release of the band’s new EP, This Heaven Gives Me Migraine, to be released on February 26, 2020. In anticipation of the release, the band shares the lead single, “The Dying Rays (2020).”
Until days before his death on February 1st, Gang of Four co-founder Andy Gill was working on a new body of music that revisits and re-imagines his musical legacy. The new EP includes three new recordings, which form only part of that output, together with two spoken interludes by Andy.
“The Dying Rays (2020)” re-imagines a song originally included on the legendary post punk outfit’s eighth studio album, What Happens Next, released in 2015. The new track features vocals by John “Gaoler” Sterry in place of original vocalist, Herbert Grönemeyer. Poignant and powerful, “The Dying Rays (2020)” is a meditation on mortality, composed and produced by Andy Gill.
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, the essence of Andy.”
Gang of Four singer John “Gaoler” Sterry adds:
“This collection of songs was recorded just before Andy died and it was his intention to get these out – to represent the way we played them on tour, late last year. All three songs were recorded in Andy’s home studio in London and there’s a fly-on-the-wall intimacy to this EP; from the song selection to the snippets of spoken word.”