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Gang of Four to release new EP recorded before Andy Gill’s death

Iconic Leeds post-punk band Gang of Four have announced the impending release of This Heaven Gives Me Migraines, a new EP that includes recordings made by Andy Gill before he passed away.

Three weeks after his shocking death, the band and Gill’s wife have revealed that the guitarist contributed to the group’s new material from his hospital bed and continued to create music in his ill-health.

Speaking about the material, Gang of Four singer John “Gaoler” Sterry said: “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.”

Andy Gill’s wife Catherin Mayer added: “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 fulfil 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 This Heaven Gives Me Migraines EP is out February 26.

This Heaven Gives Me Migraines EP:

01 – ‘Anthrax’ (Andy speaks)
02 – ‘The Dying Rays’ (2020)
03 – ‘Natural’s Not in It’
04 – ‘Toreador’
05 Purple in Nature’ (Andy speaks)

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