!!! has long survived the
dance-punk explosion of the early aughts, outlasting many of the band’s
flash-in-the-pan contemporaries from those years. Credit its sustainability not
to simply mating drum machine programming with stabbing guitars, but cleverly
roping the sounds of disco, Sandinista-era Clash, ’90s house, and dub
into the mix.
Strange Weather, Isn’t
It? is the band’s first album in three years, and was partially recorded in
although think Love Parade more than Low here. The opening track and first
single, “AM/FM,” places loping basslines underneath an acid house synth wave
that sounds like a futuristic version of The Smiths’ “How Soon is Now?” “The
Most Certain Sure” pops and jerks until spacing out in a haze of dub reverb
halfway through. And “Wannagain Wannagain” recalls vintage New Jack Swing, as
bright horns pierce the disco beat and vocalist Nic Offer trades off with the
melodious Shannon Funchess.
!!!’s latest is sometimes
moody, sometimes bubbly, but a fleshed-out and engaging fusion of rock and
electronic music the whole way through.
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