Gang Of Four – ‘What Happens Next’

Founding member Andy Gill disguises uneven solo work as the Leeds legends' ninth album

When legendary Leeds post-punks Gang Of Four reformed in 2004 for ‘Return The Gift’, they did so with the four-piece original line-up intact. Then their rhythm section left, meaning 2010’s fan-funded ‘Content’ was a Gang Of Two record. Now, singer Jon King has walked, leaving only founding guitarist Andy Gill for ‘What Happens Next’ – a solo record being hawked as the band’s ninth album. There’s a new singer, John Gaoler, but 59-year-old Gill can’t think much of him judging by the number of guest vocalists here. The Kills’ Alison Mosshart sings on ‘Broken Talk’, a taut rock song, and ‘England’s In My Bones’, a state-of-the-nation track reminiscent of PJ Harvey but lacking punch. Robbie Furze of London noiseniks The Big Pink guests on ‘Graven Image’ and German actor/singer Herbert Grönemeyer croons across dystopian pop ballad ‘Dying Rays’. Alienation, identity and globalisation become unifying themes, but ‘What Happens Next’ is a distracted listen – an experimental Gill production that should be out under his name only.

Phil Hebblethwaite

Details

Director: Andy Gill
Record label: Membran
Release date: 02 Mar, 2015