Jeez, I knew all the good band names were taken, but I guess it’s slim pickings with regards to album titles these days too. No, you’re not having a small stroke or anything. NYC dance punk granddads !!! have announced the April 30 release of their fifth album for Warp (and follow-up to 2010’s Strange Weather, Isn’t It?), and it is indeed titled THR!!!ER. Well, shit. I guess there’s probably no time like your fifth album to set the bar a little higher?
And speaking of doing that, guitarist Mario Andreoni seems to have no problem throwing down in his press release, not just with the likes of Michael Jackson, but with a whole slew of heavy hitters.
Over the course of many long van rides and post-coffee verbal riff sessions, Thriller didn’t merely come to represent the selling of a lot of records…it became synonymous with an artist(s)’ and/or genre(s)’ artistic high-watermark. INXS’ Kick is the Australian Thriller…Alanis’ Jagged Little Pill is the Canadian Thriller…Wham!’s Make It Big is the blow-dryer’s Thriller…every recording by the 13th Floor Elevators is the dosed-man’s Thriller…”Sister Ray” by the Velvet Underground is the Thriller of musical fever dreams. One day at the studio, Nic [Offer, vocalist] drew THR!!!ER on a napkin and I liked it…then we made our THR!!!ER.
I guess this isn’t going to be a terribly humble affair, huh? But then again, how much humility can you expect from a man who’s apparently apparently on a first name basis with Alanis Morissette? The press release also said that the bulk of it was recorded with Spoon drummer/badass Jim Eno, which I thought was really cool… but then it went on to say something about “tighter song structures” and “weirder sounds” and “unexpected changes,” and I just kinda fell asleep for a few hours. So, I hope it all turned out good for them, because it’s quittin’ time. Here comes the tracklist and trailer.
01. Even When the Water’s Cold
02. Get That Rhythm Right
03. One Girl/One Boy
04. Fine Fine Fine
07. Except Death
09. Station (Meet Me at The)