Gang Of Four planning to release guitarist Andy Gill’s final recordings
Gang Of Four are set to release the final recordings made by their founding member and leading guitarist Andy Gill.
Gill, a much-loved figure of the Leeds post-pink band, passed away earlier this year at the age of 64. Three weeks after his shocking death, the band and Gill’s wife 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.”
Now, as the band prepare to release the new work, Gang of Four have confirmed that the new Anti Hero EP will be release immensely with all proceeds being donated to Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS foundation trust: “This is so hard for us to write, but our great friend and Supreme Leader has died today,” the band said in a statement.
Adding: “Andy’s final tour in November was the only way he was ever really going to bow out; with a Stratocaster around his neck, screaming with feedback and deafening the front row.”