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!!!: Louden Up Now (Punk-Funk) âAnd you can tell the President to suck my fucking dick. Does that sound intelligent? Like I give a fu*king frickâ.Chatting to Skrufff recently !!! guitarist Mario Andreone admitted the 7 piece punk-funk pioneers now wished theyâd named checked President Reagan on their reactionary latest single Pardon My Freedom, though any band that can rhyme dick with âfrickâ is clearly already aware that the devilâs in the detail.
And itâs the detail, or rather the 10 songs included here, which will carry them beyond being âthe trendiest of New York hipstersâ (NME) after a year in which theyâve already effortlessly surpassed erstwhile contemporaries like DFA and The Rapture.
Essentially a collection of loosely structured jam-style punk-funk workouts, the record is both surprisingly listenable as well as cheerfully upbeat, its serious political messages offset with humour and intelligence that compares favourably with the wit of their spiritual 80s forefathers; namely Talking Heads and original agit-pop provocateurs Gang Of Four.
Breakthrough single Me and Giuliani Down By The School Yard remains a highlight as does live favourite Shitscheissemerde though the whole album trundles along happily, reflecting the bandâs chemistry which theyâve clearly now got hold of.
Another reason !!! are set for great things is the sheer brilliance of their live shows (all 7 players are superb musicians as well as clearly great mates) and while Louden Up Now doesnât quite capture that magic, itâs nevertheless a worthy musical snap shot of a band clearly going places. Louden Up Now is out now on Warp.
01. When The Going Gets Tough The Tough Get Crazee
02. Pardon My Freedom
03. Dear Can
04. The Kings Weed
05. Hello, Is This Thing On?
06. Shit Scheisse
07. Merde pt. 2
08. Me and Giuliani Down By The School Yard
09. Space Island
Review by: Jonty Skrufff (Skrufff.com)
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