Sneak Peak: !!! 2019 LP

TL;DR
Here are my final Top Eleven (because ten was too limiting!) in my suggested album order.
Suggested singles are in bold.

My suggested song titles are after the –


Suggested album title – SEO Nightmare
1. Let It Change You (Going Going) – Rhythm I (Let It Change You)
2. Off The Grid – Off The Grid
3. Serbia – Greetings from beautiful Belgrade
4. $50 Million – $50 Million
5. Slow Motion – Learning Takes Time
6. Tighten The Grip – Tghtn Thee Grp
7. Take It Easy – Take it EZ
8. Rhythm Of The Gravity (Bassline) – Rhythm II (Of The Gravity)
9. Domino – Domino
10. I’ll Let It Fall – Let It Fall
11. Dial Tone – Rhythm III (Dial Tone)
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If I added one more…
12. My Fault
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No lie, I’m one of the luckiest people. !!! is legit my favorite band in the world and through a fun set of circumstance that deserves its own post I have gotten put on a list of people who receive access to material recorded by !!! as they are deciding what songs to use on the next album. 19 new songs from my favorite band and I’ve been asked to pick my top 10?
Impossible!

But I’ll do my best to cut out nine songs somehow…

Needless to say, I take this with great responsibility and listen to each song very intently. Since I’ve got this little online document of my musical life going I figured I would try to capture the lyrics, attitude, and musicality of each song here as best I can. The song write ups are in alphabetical order, by the way, which is how they were presented to me.


My suggested album title is SEO Nightmare because their name is still something that search engines can’t handle. Just imagine we have AIdriving cars but unable to find a band that has been around for x amount of years.


Overall, I love almost all of these songs (there was only one I ended up skipping on my 4th and 5th run through of the songs). A common theme in $50 million and Serbia was the industry.

Here are the individual song write ups. If I didn’t undrstand the lyrics I put a (?). My comments are in italics. I wanted to write an equal amount on each song, but obviously didn’t get that done.

$50 Million

8/10 top ten

Classic !!! percussion loop and funk guitar to start the song off. I think this should be a single. As soon as that intro is over, it’s like a whole new sound comes in. I think Nic is getting sick of the music business. There is this awesome squealing keyboard over a fuzz guitar in the chorus.

“The nature of the things that keep me up at night are precisely that I can’t explain them.

“The nature of the things that keep me up at night are precisely that I can’t explain them.

Searching for a fair break in an unfair world and the rules just seem to keep on changing.

$50,000 dollars wouldn’t change my mind but $50 million more just might

I got my convictions but I won’t miss ’em. I got my conscious but I won’t listen.

I stand accused of all the usual stuff. My heart is true, but is it strong enough?

You know what they say ‘wouldn’t it be nice?’ Well, I guess that’s true. I’ll make my forty, nine, nuh nuh nuh

I pull my opinion from a comfortable position but my politics are still unproven (UH HUH OH YEAH.)

I don’t know how I got ’em but I might as well use ’em. There’s a comfort in my chosen delusion. (UH HUH OH YEAH)

$50,000 dollars wouldn’t change my mind but $50 million now we’re talking.

Well I’ve been tempted, but not that often. If they want some of this, it’s gonna cost ’em.

I stand accused of all the usual stuff. My heart is true, but is it strong enough?

You know what they say ‘everybody’s got a price’ Well, I guess that’s true. And $50 millions mine.

I stand accused of that which I accused you of. Now how ’bout you? How large or big enough?

You know what they say ‘wouldn’t it be nice?’ Well, I guess that’s true. I’ll make my forty, nuh nuh nuh”

Couldn’t Have Known

7/10

The song starts with a fun bass riff and drums accompanied by a choppy guitar, almost sounds like when Minus the Bear sample a guitar chord.

Some fun sampled vocals, as the drums become more layered and song gets bigger.

“I was looking down and you were standing next to me.

Speaking straight into my face but I wasn’t listening.

It’s a thing I do. People say it’s rude. But I’m sure not how, ow ow ow ow. How, ow ow ow.

I was on my own, I was living next to you.

No idea how to explain myself and tell you what I wanted to do.

When you looked past me straight to the future you.

you had it all figured out, out, out, Yeah, figured out.

Couldn’t have known cause it wasn’t in my eyes to see”

Dial Tone

8/10 Top 10

Starts out with that late night high pitch sound…

A minute and a half in and we have the beat come in along with a vocal sample. Classic !!! beat rocking, with the snaps and soup.

“I’m not looking, looking around for a recommendation.

Furrowed brow, finger raised, everyones got something to say.

Everybody, body wants to simplify the situation.

Palms up, little smirk, slow head shaking trying to explain.

It’s true, nobody’s got a clue.

Everybody wants to veto what what what to do.

So clap on the “one” and say “soup” on the two, here we go. Souuuuuuup (?)

Calling all the misinformation on the other end

So snap on the one, on the three, say do re mi. Do re mi.

Do the dial tone cause noone’s ever going to hear it again.

Everywhere you sit and hear of someones latest latest addiction

Arms wide, big smiles stars shooting out of their eyes.

But every swear in office (?) seems to point you to another addiction

And when it happens, happens you won’t even try to feign surprise.

It’s true, you’re trying to be strong through.

Everybody wants to veto what what to do.

So snap on the one, say “soup” on the two

Calling all the misinformation on the other end

So snap on the one, on the three, say do re mi. Do re mi.

Do the dial tone cause noone’s ever going to hear it again.

And the world never changes.”

Domino

8/10 top ten

Starts with a bass drum and snare with a keyboard phased sound. ‘Domino’ sampled throughout. Light keyboard sounds over closed high hats. I feel like Nic never gets political, and even when he does get a bit controversial with religion or something he is always humble about it. In this song that’s his “but what do I know?”

“I hopped over last week as it was just getting late.

Saw kids sitting in circles vaping their first vape.

To me it seemed good, seemed like the whole neighborhood

watching city kids on citi bikes ride fast as they could.

That’s dominos. (domino. domino. domino)

I guess I’d rather have a park hoppin, but what do I know?

I can’t say I think it’d be better as a factory

But it’s never that simple. The factory is a symbol.

Of how it goes and how it’s gone and how it will go.

Men lie about, some cry about it, some die about it, everybody fought about spoon folk.

Eat that shit up. Eat that ship up.

Men lie about, some cry about it, some die about it, everybody fought about spoon folk.

Eat that shit up. Eat that ship up.

(domino. domino. domino)

That’s dominos. (domino. domino. domino.

The say there’ll always be a shooter (?). A Mexican shooter (?)”

I’ll Let It Fall

8/10 top ten

Starts with an upbeat house style beat. Awesome flute sounds and some trumpet, which would be awesome if they brought that back.

“This ain’t over man, he won’t get back from me (???)

I say let it be no strings attached.

This ain’t no requiem, I say let it burn.

I say let it burn, where is a match?

Bruised from all the history, yeah

Doomed to repeat it for us.

Spare us the details baby, let’s get to the chorus.

I’ll let it fall, I’ll let it fall down to the ground.

I’ll let it fall, I’ll let it fall down into the ground.

something (?) cease to make sense

why the fals in conversation

I just as soon replace them

Oh but the ritual routine, like a reoccurring bad dream.

Please wake me up, I’ve had enough. Enough enough enough enough enough

Bruised from all the history.

Doomed to talk about it.

Maybe You Can’t Make It

6/10 It’s oddly too fast. I like the actual song, I just can’t get past that it feels sped up.

My Fault

8/10

This one is low key one of my favorites. Starts with a fantastic padded keyboard sound accompanied by a funky synth bass line.

They got some funky ass flute sound coming in during the chorus that sounds out of this world. it’s got some great wah guitar complimenting the padded keyboard sound, they blend together nicely.

“I must admit the truth of it is something I’d rather not.

The answers which they matter if there is some sort of God.

You choose yours and I’ll choose mine.

The answers I mean, the Gods much harder to find.

Don’t call out (?) cause she knew how to beg.

You’d beg for me if you resist that.

But this time is the last time, that’s what I said the last.

The next time is the last time, that’s what I’ll say next time.

Ooooooooo Can’t help but think to think that it’s my fault

I must admit a lot of things I never pray, God forbid, I sing.

I must admit a lot of things I haven’t thought about since then.

Fake fur coats seemed fine to me. There was noone else who wanted to leave.

There was noone else. There was noone else.

But this time is the last time, that’s what I said the last.

The next time is the last time, that’s what I’ll say next time.

Ooooooooo Can’t help but think to think that it’s my fault”

Let It Change You (Going Going)

10/10 tp tn

Starts with this heavy bass, like something out ofan old industrial record. Then there is this fluttering sound, like backgrond noises from the Downward Spiral. Then Nic comes in just speaking…

1:08 and then the fucking !!! beat comes in. It’s choppy but straight-forward. It fucking kills and includes big bass pads, background hype vocals, phased bass an everything that makes you want to get sweaty at the !!! show. This is a banger.

“I want to go on the record. Right here on this record. Say ‘keep the rhythm sacred.’ ‘Maybe we just might make it.’

I want to go on the record. Right here on this record. Say nothing fake can make it.’ So you look any better naked.

Ha. Yeah. He ha. Yeah. YEAH.

 

It’s all right with you. It’s all right with me.

Come on. Least of my worries. Least of my cares.

But I’d be lying, if I said I wasn’t scared.

Least of my problems, don’t mean it ain’t there.

But I’d be lying about one prespective (?)

Why won’t you let the rhythm change you? Why won’t you let it rearrange a thing or two?

Why won’t you let the rhythm change you? Why won’t you let it rearrange a thing or two?

Mmmm.

Least of my worries. Least of my cares.

But I’d be lying, if I said I wasn’t scared. Yeah. Woo!

You should be scared, be scared, be scared. There’s no need to feel a duke (?)

Cause theres nothing you can do.

Why won’t you let the rhythm change you? Why won’t you let it rearrange a thing or two?

Why won’t you let the rhythm change you? Why won’t you let it rearrange a thing or two?

Off The Grid

10/10 top ten

Starts off with a sample of a conversation and some awesome drum loop ascending notes on electronic toms and some stray notes played on a guiat above the nut which transition into some wahhed out guitar really smoothly. Then the beat comes in and I think Meah singing and it gets fucking beattastic and rad. This one has a bunch of stuff layered and some neat bouncing vocal effects on Meah’s vocalwhileNic sings.

“Off the grid? Hold on, hold on, hold on… Off Madrid. Off the grid. Off the grid, yeah. Off the grid.

(Meah singing, I think) Everybody’s trying to stay off the grid.

Everybody wanna say where they been.

Everybodys trying to say what they did when things got funny and they had no where else to go.

Everybody trying to one up the bid.”
This syncpated keyboard part starts building up…

“Everybody wanna stay being a kid.”
And now this super cool guiar sound is compliment the keyboard build.

everybody trying to say what they did when it stopped being sunny and the shit got out of control.

Yeah the shit got out of control!

At the night, acid night.(?) Willing for you, father. Willing for you, follow. (?)

Acid night, acid night We’ll still wake you, son, we’ll still wake you, son. (?)

Get off, it’s here. You got to stop to assume.

The end is near, and not a moment too soon.

Get off, get off.

… (?) just let me live

Meanwhile diving in a fiery pit.

Trying to figure out just who’s legit and how it gets to mean something when dad used to rock and roll.

Everybody knows the what it was and the folks down seem like everything does.

As the sun goes down in the sky above and the views just stunning when the shit gets out of control.

Everybody’s trying to get off the grid.

Everybody wanna say where they been.

Everybodys trying to say what they did when things got funny and the shit got out of control.

Yeah the shit got out of control!

At the night, acid night.(?) Willing for you, father. Willing for you, follow. (?)

Acid night, acid night We’ll stay wake you, son, we’ll stay wake you, son. (?)

Straight right down the highway. 98 miles an hour.

That’s how good an hour we want the power (?)

Yeah

get off, it’s here. You got to stop to assume.

Get off it’s here

Don’t get too close to the other side.

Do you feel it? Do you feel it? Do you feel it

I must admit that I might have tried to get near it. To get near it. To get near it.

Don’t get too close, don’t get too close to the other sid

Do you feel it.

Rhythm Of The Gravity (Bassline)

10/10 top ten

I was really looking forward to hearing g this one because I know they have been playing it live.

Staring At The Walls

7/10

Super fun but I don’t think it would be a top ten favorite. Music reminds me of Out Hud meets NKOTB.

Serbia

10/10 top ten

#1 hit single in Belgrade. The best and saddest song. I want to give nic a big hug when I listen to it. On repeat. Dancing. With a sympathetic tear.

Slow Motion

9/10 top ten
He’s singing about someone else breaking his heart, I think. It’s got some interesting vocal samples and effects, especially towards the end. I feel like the end is meant to go into another song.


Take It Easy

10/10 top ten

This is the relaxed break you need to fix another drink to. This is the get down, make love song.

And of course I (ok, we the fans)  got a damn shout out at 2:48 when Nic pauses everything and says “hello fans.” Smooth and funky, this one is awesome.

“Well I stopped worrying about it when I (?) saw what turned out.
Was going to turn it out it turns out. There’s nothing I can do about it now. Yeah
Circling around in my head. But there’s something I can do instead.
Aww, if you’ll just let me take it easy. Yeah, let me take it easy.
I take it easy Sunday morning and on Monday too.
Take it easy Tuesdy, Wednesday, ah how about you?
I take it easy Thursday, Friday and then that’s when I’m through.
Cause after that it’s Saturday and you know what I do.
I take it easy. Uh. I take it easy.
Let me take it easy too. Let me take it easy too.
Everytime I find myself spinning in circles, obsessed with impossible hurdles.
Oh take it easy. Take it easy.
Frankie says relax and I think you should too.
Cause sometimes when you sit backs when you learn something new.
And in these times it seems like something we all should do.
Yeah, in these times it seems like something we all should do.

Take it easy. Take it easy.
Yeah, let me take it easy too. Let me take it easy too.
I got the voicemail that the presale was low, could I also do (?) with the fans at the show?
Well I can remember saying that the band needs to roll(?)
Let me take this moment for the fans, say hello ‘Hello fans.’Take it easy. Take it easy.
Yeah, let me take it easy too. Let me take it easy too.”

This Is The Door

6/10

Normally when i see a !!! song that is more than 5 minutes i get hyped but for some reason this one didn’t grab me like some in the past. I feel like it’s from a musical.

Tighten The Grip
10/10 top ten

Ur Paranoid
7/10

Walk It Off
7/10
I felt kind of the same as This is the Door.

Wonderful Life
8/10
This should be the Christmas single this year. Just add some jingle bells and put it on a 7″ and take my money.It’s the spirtual succsotCsmas po.

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