Legendary post-punks Gang of Four are back with new material, their first since 2016’s acclaimed ‘What Happens Next’ album. It comes in the way of an EP, Complicit, out on April 13th and ahead of that they’ve released a new track – Lucky. Written by guitarist Andy Gill and frontman John ‘Gaoler’ Sterry, with the former commenting “I’d been watching a serious debate on one of those financial news channels – six white men in suits arguing about the stock markets – and it set me thinking about how limited luck can be. A lot of trading is anyway now done by algorithms to try to eliminate the element of chance, but luck isn’t capable of fundamentally changing the system. Even if you believe market crashes are the result of bad luck rather than layer upon layer of human and machine error, the system shudders, restarts and goes on as before.”
Opening with these large rock riffs, Lucky veers into rock territory, close to Screamadelica in terms of its joyous nature and the soulful backing singers, pointed stabs on the guitar like shards of sound that interrupt the vocal. There are moments here and there where things get a little more serious, the shadow of the post-punk cast over them, but these are fleeting, and this is good time (indie) rock and roll.
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