Friday, December 31, 2010


Fans of this Sacramento-based dance-punk outfit can relax. 

Strange Weather, Isn't It offers up more of the same high-quality, insidious, slowly evolving grooves that have made this band such a fan favorite on the festival circuit over the last half-dozen years.

It's not quite as good as 2007's Myth Takes - a touch chiller, a touch less dynamic, and the relatively soft mid-section really brings Nic Offer's Joe Strummer-like vocal limitations to light (when the grooves back off and his voice is asked to carry a passage, the results can be lacking) - but if not Myth Takes equal, it's still a worthy companion, with very strong bookends.

Other than that, there's really not much to say. 

If you like !!!, or your just a big fan of dance rock in general, you'll find Strange Weather, Isn't It an engaging and worthwhile listen.

Status: Solid Recommend.

Cherry Picker's Best Bests: AM/FM, The Most Certain Sure, Steady As The Sidewalk Cracks, The Hammer.

Here's the official video for AM/FM.

Component Breakdown:
1. AM/FM - 8
2. The Most Certain Sure - 9
3. Wannagain Wannagain - 6
4. Jamie, My Intentions Are Bass - 6
5. Steady As The Sidewalk Cracks - 8
6. Hollow - 7
7. Jump Back - 6
8. Even Judas Gave Jesus A Kiss - 8
9. The Hammer - 8
Intangibles - Average

What are your thoughts on !!!'s Strange Weather, Isn't It?  Let readers know with a comment.

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