"This album is the first time we've really felt totally positive about an album. Everything was done right" comments Circus. "Half the album was done at our own pace... and we brought it to Cornerstone and they wanted to go with it but they wanted it immediately so the other half was spontaneously pulled out of our ass."
"Honestly, we've all become way more professional," adds Existereo "We know who we are, in terms of our styles, and we've become more controlled. Yeah, we've lost some of the oddness. But now we know how do things, whereas before we'd just go into everything blind."
The Shapeshifters include AWOL-One, Existereo, Die, Life Rexall, Akuma, Radioinactive, Circus, and LA Jae.
The first single “Circuit City” is as AWOL describes it, "a pretty cool disco song," and is certain to catch the ear, snap the neck, of both those who've followed the group since their inception and new listeners.
"But my personal favorite is "Little Life", AWOL adds about the surprisingly serious track, which focuses on the group's efforts to stay strong in the face of trying times. "We've all gone through our own shit, and this is about trying to stay positive. Our group is getting along better than we ever have, but as a group that's so big and has so many different personalities, it gets hard sometimes."
About "Run The Crowd", Existereo comments, "I think it's a great song... it's more for the show element of our stuff. Everyone is involved. There's a really strong 'call and response' hook, and I know the crowd is gonna be into it."
Other tracks like the pseudo-political, conspiracy theorist tongue-in-cheek anthem "Pindar", and the 80's influenced "Circuit City" featuring witty one-liners backed by an ethereal, electronic sound-scape and reggae chanting, showcase the ShapeShifters' exquisitely influences to "rock down to."
And speaking of the 80's, the almost techno-sounding, speeded up and sexually charged "You Know You Want It" is a certified club banger, with its crunked-out snare hits and explicit rhyme patterns about a night with an after-party freak emerging from the smoke machines and laser rays.
"Quit Your Job", with its space age, sythnesize beat, has various members of the group hurling complex and abstract rhyme schemes, half-humorous, half-serious.
"This is a first for us in that it's really a group effort in terms of us setting out to do an album, and actually getting an advance too!" chuckles Circus.
Adds AWOL: "I think and hope we can sell a few copies and tour off of this. I think this going to really be the next step for us."
AWOL is certainly known for a humble and understated approach. But there's no doubt this album is the next and latest step in the seemingly unending lifespan of a group that's outlasted many of their peers, and stayed true to their collective artistic soul in the process.