Published Oct 04, 2012Sex with Strangers aren't the kind of band to keep their fans waiting, as the dance-rocking Vancouver act are preparing for their fourth full-length in just five years. Entitled Behaviours, the group will release it with a hometown show at Vancouver's Biltmore Cabaret on October 20. Before then, you can preview some of the material from the album at Exclaim.ca.
A press release notes that, unlike the apocalyptic, robot-themed lyrics of past albums, the songs on Behaviours are less fantasy-based.
"Yes, it was awkward exploring real human feelings on this record," said frontman Hatch Benedict in a statement. "Our previous three albums were all futuristic, concept records that formed this crazy 'robot' trilogy of sorts. On this new record we're still playing around with themes, but this time we focused on matters of a human nature — namely tension and relationships."
The songs are said to expand the band's danceable sonic style with excursions into metal and '60s-tinged balladry. For a taste of the disc's eclectic sound, listen to four of the new tunes below. The title track, "I See the Gun (And You're the Bad Guy)," "Times Electric" and "Machineland" are atmospheric anthems that evoke the dark drama of '80s new wave.
Scroll past the band's upcoming tour schedule, which includes some fast-approaching Toronto shows, to listen.
10/11 Toronto, ON - The Hideout
10/12 Toronto, ON - The Underground
10/16 New York, NY - Trash Bar (CMJ)
10/20 Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret (album release show)