Dance punk veterans !!! — audibly known as “Chk-Chk-Chk” — have dropped two new songs, “Freedom! ’15” and “Sick Ass Moon,” both of which will appear on the group’s sixth LP, As If, set to arrive October 16th via Warp.
Described by the band as a “disco odyssey,” “Freedom! ’15” is a sprawling, uptempo dance floor journey through splashy hi-hats, rickety guitar licks and buoyant bass grooves. Singer Nic Offer gets an assist from a bevy of female background vocalists on the ebullient cut, which builds to a shimmering synth melody reminiscent of the Bee Gees at their most orchestral.
“Sick Ass Moon,” is a mellower, R&B-tinged affair, though its drums have the same propulsive kick as “Freedom! ’15.” Offer, however, delivers a sultry vocal performance that, at times, drops to a whisper, amidst eerie, percolating synths that wouldn’t sound out of place on “Midnight Express.”
As If marks !!!’s first LP since 2013’s THR!!!ER. In April, Offer released, “All U Writers,” a deep house homage that will open the new LP. A complete track list is below.
In a recent interview with Spin, Offer said As If was primarily written in his New York City bedroom with multi-instrumentalist Rafael Cohen. The pair came up with more than 40 tracks, a number later cut to about 20; eventually, the songs were recorded and honed in NYC, Los Angeles and Austin.
“We call it the ‘slippery when wet’ method,” Offer cracked. “A whole bunch of our friends and everyone in the band votes on the songs and then that’s the album. We are throwing everything at the wall, doing genres we’ve never done before.”
!!! also have handful of live dates lined up for August and September, all of which are available on the band’s website.
As If Track List
1. “All U Writers”
2. “Sick Ass Moon”
3. “Every Little Bit Counts”
4. “Freedom! ’15”
6. “All the Way”
7. “Til The Money Runs Out”
8. “Bam City”
9. “Funk (I Got This)”
10. “Lucy Mongoosey”
11. “I Feel So Free (Citation Needed)”