My friend Suey from my college days absolutely bloody loved Gong, the hippy, psychedelic, prog merchants est. 1968, which I always thought a little incongruous given that her favourite band was The Smiths. I’ve not knowingly ever heard a Gong track, I was always a trifle put off/scared by their record sleeves. What I do know is that, like The Fall, Gong attracts worshipers who love this band like no other.
The news that reaches me from Planet Gong this morning is that they will release a new album 2032 on Monday 21st September. Released on Steve Hillage and Miquette Giraudy’s subsidiary G-Wave label, the album is followed two months later by a nationwide UK tour which kicks off at the Brisol O2 Academy on Thursday 19th November.
2032 represents the first time Hillage has recorded with original Gong founder, Daevid Allen, since 1974’s You. 2032 is a new installment that continues Gong’s Radio Gnome series which includes the milestone psychedelic proggers – Flying Teapot (1973), Angel’s Egg (1973) and You (1974).
Loyal fans will be glad to hear this from Daevid Allen; “2032 is when Planet Gong makes full contact with the Planet Earth; a major new chapter in the continually evolving Gong mythology.”
You can read all about the new album, with a track-by-track run down here.