Gang of Four have announced a second EP featuring the contributions of the lead guitarist Andy Gill, who died in February this year.
Titled Anti Hero, this release follows the This Heaven Gives Me Migraine EP released in February. It’s led by the single “Forever Starts Now,” out now. Like the previous EP, Anti Hero will also feature re-recordings of old Gang of Four songs: 1979’s “Glass” and 2019’s “Change the Locks.”
Proceeds from the new EP will benefit Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS foundation trust, to “recognize, celebrate and support” the medical professionals who cared for Gill during his hospitalization.
Gill’s widow Catherine Mayer told The Guardian that she suspects her husband—whose official cause of death was pneumonia and multiple organ failure—might have been a victim of COVID-19 (Gill had toured China with Gang of Four last November). Testing is underway on samples from Gill, herself, his bandmates and their tour manager for potential antibodies.
“It won’t help Andy, but may help understand what the timelines really were and what that means the public health response was, and how big a failure it was not to continue with containment and track and trace,” she said.
Anti Hero is out July 17. Stream “Forever Starts Now” here: