Chicago trio FACS have announced their fourth album, which is titled Present Tense and will be out May 21 via Trouble in Mind. The title would also make a great descriptor for the band's style of bleak, tightly wound post-punk, but this album marks a progression into slightly more approachable music.
The album was made at Chicago's Electrical Audio before and during the pandemic, the seeds of which were planted with "Alone Without," FACS' 2020 Adult Swim single. "Alone Without was the first song we recorded and we really built it in the studio” says singer-guitarist Brian Case. “Alianna [Kalaba] and I played different instruments, and I think that freedom informed how the other songs developed. All the lyrics were random phrases on a big sheet and were put together as the songs took shape, so I feel like I was collecting these thoughts and trying to figure out how to process them as a big picture vs making complete ideas in individual songs."