English post-punk legends Gang Of Four have announced a new EP, Complicit, out on April 13. It will be the band’s first new music since their 2015 album, What Happens Next.
They’ve also shared a new single, “Lucky,” which features founding member Andy Gill and frontman John “Gaoler” Sterry, with production from Ben Hillier (Blur, Depeche Mode). “Lucky” is a groovy, electro-punk stomper and though the band was founded way back in 1977, it looks like they’ve still maintained their grit, charm and slick, sharp rhythm.
Andy Gill says of the new track:
This track itself is a product of chance. I’d been watching a serious debate on one of those financial news channels – six white men in suits arguing about the stock markets – and it set me thinking about how limited luck can be. America’s demented ringmaster-clown claims to have bestowed fortune on the markets. He believes himself the master of luck. In reality, they are casinos. A lot of trading is anyway now done by algorithms to try to eliminate the element of chance, but luck isn’t capable of fundamentally changing the system. Even if you believe market crashes are the result of bad luck rather than layer upon layer of human and machine error, the system shudders, restarts and goes on as before.
Listen to “Lucky” below and find out where Gang Of Four’s 1979 debut LP Entertainment! landed on our list of the best post-punk albums ever recorded right here.