It's hard to approach the new !!! album without a sense of morbid curiosity. You assume the untimely death of their drummer, Jerry Fuchs, last November is going to shadow the band's fourth album with the mourning and pain the members surely felt.
Strange Weather is a dark album, probably more so than any of their previous Williamsburg-born dance rock records, but not entirely because of the tragedy. It was recorded with Eric Broucek (LCD Soundsystem) in Berlin, a city legendary for its throbbing, bleak techno innovations, and it's that influence that's most strongly heard, especially on Jump Back and Even Judas Gave Jesus A Kiss.
Meanwhile, a song like AM/FM is downright uplifting, catchy and groove-heavy which, along with bucking our expectations, is always what lifted this eight-member band above the fray.
Top track: Steady As The Sidewalk Cracks
!!! play Lee's Palace September 26.