As If

As If

by !!!

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As If

The funky, post-punky, always danceable !!! show no signs of slowing down on their sixth album, As If. If anything, they keep getting better with each release. Their last record, Thr!!!er, lived up to its title and this record is all-thriller, no-filler too, jammed with songs that almost dare the listener not to dance. Recorded and produced by the band with help from James Ford, Jim Eno, Ewan Pearson, Chris Coady, and Chris Woodhouse, and culled from an intense session of songwriting done by driving force Nic Offer and bassist Rafael Cohen, the album was recorded in studios around America. Despite the various locales and collaborators involved, the album is focused and tight as it deals out pounding grooves and thundering basslines. Add in wire-tight guitar, wobbling old synths, and Offer's unhinged vocals and it's vintage !!! with a little extra energy added. Song after song hits like a punch, sometimes a knockout blow (the wall-shaking "Freedom! '15" or the blindingly bright pop song "Every Little Bit Counts"), sometimes a sneaky slap (the low-key "Funk [I Got This]" or the slinky, nocturnal dreamer "Sick Ass Moon"), and occasionally just a weird, drunken master attack (the oddball disco freakout "I Feel So Free [Citation Needed]") or a clinch (the smoothly sleek R&B ballad "Lucy Mongoosey"). No matter the technique involved, by the time the album is over, listeners will be picking themselves up off the canvas, not covered with bruises, but maybe winded and with sore feet from all the dancing. By this point in a band's career, it would be expected, almost accepted, if they started to calcify and just crank out the same record over and over. !!! have yet to reach that point, not even close. There's enough vigorous energy pulsing through the grooves to make As If come fully to life, enough imagination in the arrangements to always keep people guessing, and hooks huge enough to capture anyone within the general vicinity. Thr!!!er felt like it might have been !!!'s peak achievement; As If makes the case that they may only be getting started.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/16/2015
Label: Warp Records
UPC: 0801061026028
catalogNumber: 260
Rank: 94822

Album Credits

Performance Credits

!!!   Primary Artist
Patrick Ford   Piano
Yolanda Harris   Vocals
Jim Eno   Keyboards,cowbell
Chris Woodhouse   Guitar
Phil Boyd   Guitar
Nick Millhiser   Synthesizer
Molly Schnick   Vocals
Teresa Eggers   Vocals
Mike Slott   Vocals
Cameron Mesirow   Vocals
Henrik Von Sivers   Vocals
Mark "Speedy" Gonzales   Trombone
Talitha Manor   Vocals
Diane Biade   Vocals
Keith McCulloch   Organ

Technical Credits

Patrick Ford   Producer,Studio Work
Allan Wilson   Composer
Jim Eno   Producer,drum programming
!!!   Producer
Nic Offer   Composer
Mario Andreoni   Composer
Paul Quattrone   Composer
Phil Boyd   Composer
Daniel Gorman   Composer
David Tolomei   Engineer
Chris Tabron   Engineer
Tom Gunderson   Trainer
Raphael Cohen   Composer
Henrik Von Sivers   Engineer,Additional Production
Teddy Stuart   Composer,Engineer,Additional Production

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