Funk-poppers !!! will return with their fifth album, THR!!!ER, on April 30 (via Warp), the band announced today (January 29).
Guitarist Mario Andreoni explained the Michael Jackson-inspired title in a press release, saying, "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." He continued, "INXS’ Kick is the Australian Thriller…Alanis [Morissette’s] 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."
THR!!!ER was recorded in part by someone who knows a bit about idiosyncratic titles: Spoon's Jim Eno. !!! also debuted a 30-second trailer for the follow-up to 2010's Strange Weather, Isn't It? The video is pretty straightforward — an acid-washed visual of a few dudes jumping into some water, set to a hazy groove.
THR!!!ER track list:
1. "Even When the Water's Cold"
2. "Get That Rhythm Right"
3. "One Girl/One Boy"
4. "Fine Fine Fine"
7. "Except Death"
9. "Station (Meet Me at The)"