Warpaint have shared their transfixing take on the Gang of Four song ‘Paralysed’, which appears on an upcoming tribute album to Andy Gill.
Gang Of Four’s rugged leader Andy Gill tragically passed away early in 2020, aged 64, and the post-punk legend is being immortalised with a poignant tribute album released this May. Warpaint’s cover of ‘Paralysed’ will appear on The Problem of Leisure: A Celebration of Andy Gill and Gang of Four. It’s a double album of tracks written by Andy Gill and Gang of Four, all newly reinterpreted by an array of artists including IDLES, Tom Morello, La Roux and Red Hot Chilli Peppers duo Flea & John Frusciante.
“Andy loved the way Warpaint created not only songs but atmospheres, without sacrificing drive and danceability. The marriage of their unique sound with ‘Paralysed’, on the face of it one of the least likely dance tracks ever, is spectacular,” Gill’s widow, Catherine Mayer, noted. “The lyrics are also incredibly resonant at this moment in time where so many people feel helpless in the face of regressive populism and disfiguring inequalities.”
Warpaint’s Jenny Lee Lindberg, who also played a hand in the production of ‘Paralysed’, added: “The change will do me good.” (Damaged Goods). Best piece of advice that pretty much changed my life. Not to mention Dave Allen’s bass playing. Also changed me forever. Made me wanna play bass.
“It was cool to get inside of ‘Paralysed,’ and for Gang Of Four to give us freedom to freak out in our way…it was a beautiful opportunity and we’re SOOO excited, it’s an honour actually, to be a part of Andy’s tribute,” Lindberg added.
‘Paralysed’ originally featured on the post-punk pioneers’ 1981 album, Solid Gold, and Warpaint step into unfamiliar territory with their menacing effort that leans into the spirit of Gang Of Four by producing a cover that fuses their two sounds.
There’s an eerieness in the vocals, which creates a sense of dread that sucks you in and bewitches your mind. There’s a chasm between the vocals, but that same grit is adopted by Warpaint, who show that the soul which Gang Of Four created earnestly lives on.