Post-punk pioneers, Gang of Four, are ready to release a new studio album, this summer, their first since 2015’s What Happens Next. As a preview, the group took to social media a glimpse of an upcoming EP, entitled, Complicit, out April 20th, featuring a photograph of First Daughter Ivanka Trump on the cover.
She will also serve as the title of the EP’s second track, “Ivanka (Things You Can’t Have).” The other songs on the EP, also have the impression they are aimed towards the Trump administration, including the opening track, “Lucky.”
Gang of Four founding member, Andy Gill, said, “This track itself is a product of chance. 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.”
Also, in a statement with Pitchfork, Gill said, “When we think of “the media,” everyone has lots of ideas about what we mean. It could be social media, where hundreds of memes criss-cross the world; informing, misinforming, beginning or reinforcing ideas that may last a lifetime and beyond. Ideas about Jews, Muslims, or, say, the world trade centre or perhaps, the criminality of certain American politicians. And then there is the receding traditional media with disappearing jobs like “journalists” and “fact checkers.” That’s the media the Trump family despise.”
The title of the EP is a reference to an interview last April, when CBS’ Gayle King asked Ivanka if she thought she and her husband, Jared Kushner, were “complicit in what is happening in the White House.” Ivanka’s response was “If being complicit is wanting to be a force of good and to make a positive impact, then I’m complicit.” Her answer went viral online and even sparked an SNL skit, starring actress, Scarlett Johansson, as Ivanka.
The forthcoming EP was produced by Gill with assistance from Ben Hillier (Depeche Mode) and Ross Orton (Arctic Monkeys). It will comprise of three brand new songs and one remix. View the tracklist below.
Complicit EP Tracklist:
- Ivanka (Things You Can’t Have)
- I’m a Liar
- Lucky (10 O’Clock Chemical Remix)