Following up their provocative 2018 EP “Complicit”, which featured Ivanka Trump on its cover, pioneering post-punk band GANG OF FOUR are set to release their brand new full-length HAPPY NOW on March 29, 2019, via PledgeMusic.
Happy Now comes 40 years after the release of the band’s groundbreaking debut Entertainment!, diving deeper into the heart of the classic Go4 sound with a modern slant. A combination of electronics and angular lines pursuing 21st century grooves achieve the striking balance between the band’s fundamental sound and its restless embrace of the now and the new. Harnessing the unbridled energy of their live show, Gaoler's melodic vocals radiate confidence while Andy GIll's serrated guitar cuts through Thomas McNiece and Tobias Humble’s grooving rhythm section. The result is a body of anthemic songs of modern confusion, and the band’s best and most consistent work since their post-punk years.
“Happiness is always an odd one; so difficult to pin down. Our personal lives are always a mixture-sad things, tragedy, joy,” explains founding member Andy Gill. “When we were younger we thought things would gradually get better: the world would be less sexist, less racist, progress would be made and now we know that history isn’t linear; it’s very capable of U-turns."
The band is also announcing a US tour in support of Happy Now starting February 4th in Tustin, CA. The band will be travelling across the country for two months hitting cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, Chicago, Boston, and Philadelphia, culminating at Rough Trade in New York City. Full list of tour dates can be found below as well as on Bandsintown, and on Songkick.
- Alpha Male
- One True Friend
- Ivanka - My Name's On It
- Don't Ask Me
- Change the Locks
- I'm A Liar
- White Lies
- Paper Thin
- Lucky (Bonus Track)
|Feb 4||Marty’s On Newport||Tustin, CA|
|Feb 5||The Casbah||San Diego, CA|
|Feb 6||Roxy Theatre||W. Hollywood, CA|
|Feb 8||Strummer’s||Fresno, CA|
|Feb 9||The Chapel||San Francisco, CA|
|Feb 11||Global Hall||Denver, CO|
|Feb 12||Slow Down||Omaha, NE|
|Feb 13||Space||Evanston, IL|
|Feb 14||Shank Hall||Milwaukee, WI|
|Feb 16||El Club||Detroit, MI|
|Feb 17||Club Café||Pittsburgh, PA|
|Feb 19||Once Ballroom||Somerville, MA|
|Feb 20||Space Ballroom||Hamden, CT|
|Feb 21||U Street Music Hall||Washington, DC|
|Feb 22||Underground Arts||Philadelphia, PA|
|Feb 23||Asbury Lanes||Asbury Park, NJ|
|Feb 24||The Colony||Woodstock, NY|
|Feb 25||Rough Trade NYC||Brooklyn, NY|