Gang of Four have announced This Heaven Gives Me Migraines, a new EP that includes recordings that Andy Gill made before he died. The EP includes re-recordings of three songs from the band’s catalog: “Natural’s Not in It” (1979), “The Dying Rays” (2015), and “Toreador” (2019). It also has two spoken interludes from Gill. Listen to the new version of “The Dying Rays” below (via Rolling Stone).
The This Heaven Gives Me Migraines EP is out February 26. Gang of Four singer John “Gaoler” Sterry said in a press release:
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 fulfill 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.
Andy Gill died on February 1 at the age of 64. Read “Remembering Gang of Four’s Andy Gill, Who Ripped Punk to Shreds” on the Pitch.
This Heaven Gives Me Migraines EP:
01 Anthrax (Andy speaks)
02 The Dying Rays (2020)
03 Natural’s Not in It
05 Purple in Nature (Andy speaks)