Bouncy, electro-pop-informed Glaswegians Bis have been playing off and on for the last few years, but they've only just now announced a proper reunion LP. Titled data Panik etcetera, it's the troupe's first album in 13 years, and it hits retailers as a special Record Store Day Release April 19 via Do Yourself in Records and later in a standard edition on May 5.
A press release for the set explains that the band's fourth full-length, which follows 2001's Return to Central, comprises tracks recorded as far back as 2004 that were later re-discovered and tweaked up by the band for this release. Several of the tracks also come from the time when Bis rebranded themselves as Data Panik in the mid-2000s.
The song cycle is said to have the trio of Manda Rin, Sci-Fi Steven and John Disco flirting with "skinny-tie, new-wave pop songs" for tracks like "Minimum Wage" and "Retail of the Detail," while also exploring goth-techno ("Flesh Remover") and influences like XTC and Chic.
Down below, you'll find the danceable first taste of the set, "Rulers and the States."
data Panik etcetera will first arrive on white 180-gram vinyl for Record Store Day, with the wax platter hosting 12 new tunes and a digital download card adding tracks "Insider" and "Thrill Is Yours." That same day, the band will also issue a split 7-inch with Birmingham's Ghosts of Dead Airplanes that willl feature data Panik etcetera's "Minimum Wage."
The standard edition of data Panik etcetera lands May 5, with the iTunes version including another extra track, "Caller ID." You'll find all of the tracklisting details down below.
data Panik etcetera:
1. Control the Radical
2. Minimum Wage
3. Rulers and the States
4. Cubis (I Love You)
5. Sense Not Sense
6. Mechanical Love
7. Too Much Not Enough
8. Retail of the Detail
9. Music Lovers
10. The Young Mothers
11. Flesh Remover
12 (That Love Ain't) Justified
13. Insider (digital bonus track)
14. Thrill Is Yours (digital bonus track)
15. Caller ID (iTunes exclusive)