English post-punk band Gang of Four is releasing a new EP, Complicit, scheduled for release on April 20. Today, the cover art was revealed; and it features First Daughter Ivanka Trump… and includes a track called “Ivanka (Things You Can’t Have).”
In a statement about the song, founding guitarist Andy Gill says:
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.
Last month, the band released the first single, “Lucky,” which can be heard below. Speaking of that particular song, Gill says:
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.