!!! have their work cut out for them on Thr!!!er
, not having released an album in three years after the forgettable Strange Weather, Isn’t It?
, while the dance-punk sound they helped popularize may seem like a fond early ’00s memory. Well worry not, !!!-ers. Thr!!!er
knocks it out of the park in terms of referencing the band’s best work as well as updating it just enough to stand strongly amongst the current crop of dance rockers. Thr!!!er
is well-paced, loaded with bangers, the best of which is “One Girl / One Boy,” which seems to address the updates, as frontman Nic Offer sings “just because now it’s different doesn’t change what it meant.” He’s singing about a relationship, but it could apply to the silky disco jam that the band spins out with utmost rhythmic precision. On “Get That Rhythm Right,” over a dark funk backbeat, Offer sings confidence-boosting sentiments: “I don’t cry about the could’ves, worry about the would’ves, sure don’t give a shit about the should’ves.” Single “Slyd” sees them referencing touchstones ESG and Queen with a vocally warped, poolside party jammer that culminates in the come-on “let’s go somewhere we can be alone.” By maintaining their vibrancy and enthusiasm for the all-important party starter across Thr!!!er
, !!! avoid being piled in with relics of the previous decade, standing alongside their peers in Phoenix, Cut Copy and the like. CHK CHK CHK 4EVA!!!