Tom Morello

Rage Against The Machine & System Of A Down Members Cover Gang Of Four For Upcoming Andy Gill Tribute


Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello and System Of A Down frontman Serj Tankian will appear on a tribute to late Gang Of Four guitarist Andy Gill, who passed away in February. The pair worked on a cover of the Gang Of Four track “Natural’s Not In It“, with that song set to arrive on January 01st, 2021. Gang Of Four made the announcement yesterday, December 02nd, stating:

“It is with pride, joy, excitement and a measure of sadness that we announce The Problem of Leisure: A Celebration of Andy Gill and Gang of Four, a project Andy worked on right up to his death in February. This double album features tracks written by Andy and Gang of Four, newly reinterpreted and recorded by artists whose own unique contributions to music were enriched by listening to Gang of Four.

The first single has seen Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine) collaborate with Serj Tankian (System Of A Down) to create an incredible cover of Natural’s Not In It. It will be released on Andy’s birthday, January 1st 2021. All the brilliant artists and bands participating in the album chose which track they wished to cover from across Gang of Four’s 40-plus year history. Details of the contributors and the full track listing will be revealed in January.

We can already tell you this: The Problem of Leisure is the dog’s bollocks. And so is the album artwork, created specially by artist Damien Hirst, a long-term Gang of Four aficionado. The album is available to pre-order now in a variety of different formats exclusively from our merchandise store. It will be released on 14th May 2021…”

Morello himself took to Instagram to add:

“Andy Gill was one of a handful of artists in history who changed the way guitars are played. His band @GangOfFourOfficial were just incendiary and completely groundbreaking with Andy’s confrontational, unnerving and sublime playing at the forefront. His jagged plague-disco raptor-attack industrial-funk deconstructed guitar anti-hero sonics and fierce poetic radical intellect were hugely influential to me.

Honored to be part of this tribute to Andy and @GangOfFourOfficial. @SerjTankian and I teamed up to take on “Natural’s Not In It” and you’ll be able to hear it next month…”

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