Editors’ Notes “There’s something here for everyone, even for the mums,” Triple One’s Billy Gunns tells Apple Music. Panic Force is a bright, fun, often heartfelt full-length debut from the Sydney hip-hop group, cohesively mixing pop, rock, and punk into their beats. Gunns handles the production while Martin “Marty” Bugatti, Obi Ill Terrors, and Lil Dijon deliver the verses, which feature honest and emotive personal anecdotes as often as they do parties and girls and flexing. “It's a great outlet for the boys,” he says. “We’re very thankful for music in that way. To be able to speak freely about things like depression, drug abuse, relationship problems, just being dead honest about it. I think that birthed us.” After the pandemic hit, Triple One contemplated delaying the release until 2021, but they knew their fans would want to hear it. “After three EPs and 10, 15 singles over the years, we just wanted to put it out,” Gunns says. “It was time.” Here, Gunns tells us more about each track on Panic Force.

Space Boogie Anthem
“We wanted to set a tone where it was like, ‘You weren't expecting this!' It came out of just having absolute fun times. The boys were talking hypothetically about how good they are, and about young love. The hook's about picking up your girlfriend, driving round the city, having a cup of coffee, and just having a nice time together, like a picnic. ‘Let's go listen to a CD from the ’90s in our car, and drive around during sunset.’ Just so ridiculous.”

“I made the beat on an island called Salina, in Italy. One of my schoolmates had a restaurant there, and I went there after our Europe tour last year. Anyway, it was just a classic case of the name just sticking. And just in this beautiful island paradise, it already felt like it was made for an escape. It’s very much about relationships, and not knowing whether you're doing enough or not, and just constantly questioning yourself.”

Pleasure Island
“It was definitely influenced by Panic! At the Disco. It’s another song we made up the coast [of New South Wales]. Our mate Vince started playing the riff, and it just felt like, ‘Sit back and relax.’ The whole track's about what you could have if it was your choice. And then it delves into sexual experiences—the hook is like, ‘Crave me. Please let me be there for you.’ It’s very, very emo, but beautiful at the same time.”

“‘Sunshine’ is very naughty. It’s about going down on various females. It's kind of like The Weeknd’s ‘Can’t Feel My Face’—kids run around singing it, but it's about cocaine. The hook kind of says it, but the opening verse is a very detailed story about being in a car and in the business. It has a really warm vibe. The soul sample is from The Dixie Nightingales, so we had to clear it with them. Their team was like, ‘Oh, my god, this is one of our favorite soul songs of all time. We’re so ecstatic that someone wants to reuse it today, in a new light.’ It was dope. We could’ve so easily gotten an answer saying, ‘Piss off, we don't want to be associated with this.’”

Panic Force
“Marty came up with the idea of adding an intro that’s almost like a mix between Play School and an announcement at an American high school in ’80s movies. We were like, ‘What do we say? Let's just say the most ridiculous thing possible. ‘Have a beautiful day. You’re listening to Panic Force. Have an excellent day.’ Then it goes into this absolutely hard track.”

Skinless Man
“The name is a classic. When we named some of our demos, I'd just turn to someone and point at them and say, 'Three, two, one,' and then the first thing that comes to them, that's what we call it. And Mart had said ‘Skinless Man.’ And we're all like, ‘You're kidding, it’s the best name ever.’ So we ended up keeping that. It sounds exactly what it is. It's just like, shed your skin, do whatever. It's just perfect.”

“Martin came into the studio, and he was like, ‘Bro, I had a dream last night. And I recorded this thing that I heard when I woke up.’ It was like, ‘Many mistakes were made before/That's violence with the crylence.’ And we were like, ‘What the hell is crylence?’ And he's like, ‘I don't know, bro, but that's what was in my dream. Lay it down.’ So I laid this guitar bit, and it just was too major-y and poppy. So [Matt] Mason from DMA’S came in and laid down the main riff and the bridge. It was great to get him involved. We started looking up ‘crylence,’ and it's not really a word, but it's a cry inside of violence. The way it comes out of the mouth, the phonetics, is perfect. And we just couldn't replace it. It makes perfect sense.”

Yap! Yap! Yap!
“This was from when we were up the coast. We were a bit loose and were just like, ‘Let's make a heavy-ish, punky track.’ And I just love playing things in drop D. These ridiculous, heavy riffs just naturally come out. And it just sparked this mosh pit energy, similar to ‘Panic Force,’ except that was written before we went up. We got Dan Kerby to record live drums and he absolutely nailed it.”

Where Is He?
“It’s a loose story of Conor [Obi Ill Terrors] attempting to buy drugs. ‘Where is he?’ Again, it’s just a fun, punky track that everyone can have a laugh at. It’s very satirical, having a little laugh at yourself, and acquiring things, substances. There are a few serious messages in there too, but it’s over this really fun beat. It's just a charging song.”

The Conformist
“It’s about not knowing whether you're enough for your partner. And questioning why they want to be with you, because of your problems. And just conforming to everything, trying to be what you're supposed to be, and not knowing whether that's right. Being this weird thing in between, all the time, which is something that a lot of people can relate to. Just even in their general workplace life, doing something that you don't want to be doing.”

“I'd say it's probably my favorite song that we've ever made. It's such an important song to us. We wanted that as our first single for the album, even though it’s not going in the same poppy realm as something like ‘Sunshine.’ It's more, makes you want to cry with your fist in the air. The message is just so important, and the hook, ‘I waited for it all night long,’ about wanting to get to the top. The journey we've gone through for the last few years, or whatever it is. Just consistently going through it.”

“This track describes the whole theme of the album, our position in life and our experiences throughout. It talks about being these aliens, not understanding anything, feeling like you don't belong anywhere. It’s heavily based around escapism—and space, Mars, the moon. There was nowhere else to put it really. It's just an experience, and one that we hold close to our hearts.”


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