Nic Offer Breaks Down Five Thrilling Samples

Impossible to Google band !!! is dropping their impossible to pronounce album Thr!!!er on April 30, and it comes complete with a jam — “Slyd” — replete with impossible to identify samples. Why so hard to suss those samples out? Well, that’s because the band created them themselves as part of a wild, out-there feedback loop.

“When we started, our style of music was like — we were imitating the drum machines and synthesizers with guitars and live drums and those initial drum machines and synthesizers were imitating original guitars and live drums,” frontman Nic Offer says. “But then it turned into something else. So it seemed like an interesting way to be working, to be imitating this new technological advancement.”

In honor of said technological advancement, we hit up Offer to find out which five samples inspired the band.

1. MARRS, “Pump Up the Volume” (1987)

Samples: James Brown, “Super Bad”; The Jimmy Castor Bunch, “It’s Just Begun”; The Soul Children feat. Jesse Jackson, “I Don’t Know What This World Is Coming To” and many, many more

“It seemed like in the early days of sampling there was a moment where there was just kind of a free-for-all and everyone was just kind of like, ’Whoa, we can just sample anything, you know?’ And so they’re just poring through records and finding all the breaks and beats for that. So ’Pump Up the Volume’ [by MARRS] always felt like it was made at a time — it was one of those songs that was using the exact technology of everything that they could use at that time to make something new.”

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