Possessed of a work ethic that makes Kevin Shields look like John Zorn, Brooklyn-based punk-funk mercenaries !!! have emerged from a self-imposed hiatus to deliver their first new material in three years. While it's not the full-length effort we'd all been expecting (which doesn't drop until next year), the solitary new song offered here, "Me and Giuliani Down by the Schoolyard (A True Story)", does little to sully their reputation as one of the "great white hopes" of the indie dance nation. Filled with terse sub-machinegun drumming, infectious bass licks and Nic Offer's grooving grunt, "Me and Giuliani..." is a steaming nine-minute-plus slab of Gang of Four-ish discotheque resolve, as funky as your grandfather's beltless trews and twice as scaly. They've filled the flipside with "Intensifieder (Sunracapellellectroshit Mix 03)", which, as its name implies, is an effects-bedecked trash-dub reworking of "Intensify" from their eponymous debut. It's a sure fire floor filler, but an honest-to-goodness B-Side would have been nice -- after all, it's been three goddamn years
since they squeezed out anything new.
On its own merits, the music is thoroughly enjoyable -- but after the disco dust clears, a question remains: will anybody still be listening when that !!! full-length finally hits the street?