If you’re looking for wacky, irreverent, and delightfully catchy new wave music that owes more than a debt to bands like Devo, look no further than Milwaukee’s Xposed 4Heads. Founded in 1982 by Joy Farm mastermind Mark G.E., the 4Heads were an on-and-off concern for decades; beginning with 2015’s Choose To Be Human, however, the group re-established itself as a modern recording (and performing) mainstay. Urgency Squad was released in 2017, followed by this year’s rock-solid Ultra Cloud. “Simple solutions for complex times / Cheer up, it’s party time” sings G.E. on Ultra Cloud‘s “Stuck In Orbit.” If there’s a recurring theme buzzing through the music of Xposed 4Heads, this is it.
Another recurring theme: wonderfully kitschy DIY videos. Recent years have seen the 4Heads offer up such gems as “Sing Along Again,” “Save All Monsters,” and “Slack It.” Now comes a clip for “Thrust,” an Ultra Cloud highlight that doesn’t skimp on space-themed double-entendres. There’s nothing too racy here, but watching Xposed 4Heads and the ever-present Star Girls bop along to lines like “Booster rockets giving us lift / Going for the Doppler shift” is enough to put a spring in anyone’s (one small) step.