Gang Of Four: SXSW 2015
Britain's post-punk pioneers Gang of Four could have dissolved after the departure of singer and co-founder Jon King in 2012, but guitarist and producer Andy Gill, the last remaining original member since 1977, had no intention of disbanding. Gill, cited by St. Vincent's Annie Clark, Franz Ferdinand, Red Hot Chili Peppers and scores of fellow guitarists as a major influence (he was crowned by Spin as the 12th greatest guitarist of all time), viewed King's exit as an opportunity, not a finale.
Gang of Four recruited Johnny "Gaoler" Sterry as a new vocalist and Gill experimented with the band's angular sound, tweaking its rhythmic velocity, form and mood. The result is the potent new album, What Happens Next, which, along with Sterry, also boasts guest vocals from Alison Mosshart of The Kills and Herbert Grönemeyer. For a band that has thrived within five different decades, Gang of Four remains a ferocious force.
Part of WFUV's SXSW 2015 showcase, Public Radio Rocks, Friday, March 20, from 1pm-7pm EDT with Courtney Barnett, Gang of Four, Twin Shadow, Best Coast, Ryan Bingham and Madisen Ward and Mama Bear.
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