Brand Nubian has often been targeted by critics who take issue with its defiant stances on politics and religion, but the members' virtuosic rhymes and infectious beats proved them more than just a shock act.
Combining punk abandon and tightly-coiled dance music has always been bonded into the DNA of !!! (pronounced Chk-Chk-Chk). It's this core plus their growth and mastery of songwriting that has seen them outlive the mid-2000s 'indie/dance punk' tag and has allowed them to consistently grow lyrically and sonically from album to album. As If is their most transcendent collection of songs yet.
Thurston Moore is perhaps best known as a singer and lead guitarist for Sonic Youth. In addition to his work with Sonic Youth, Moore has also released albums as a solo artist. He has been involved in numerous experimental side projects - from composing for the Bang on a Can All-Stars to collaborating with Cecil Taylor.