Electronic post-punk act Chromatics has established quite the fan base since their early-2000s formation, and despite the almost complete lineup overhaul (save for founding member Adam Miller), the group has managed to maintain a dreamy, atmospheric synth sound.

Since 2013, they’ve been teasing a follow up to 2012’s immensely well-received Kill for Love, which got its fair share of radio and TV play thanks to the hypnotizing title track and a moody cover of Neil Young’s “Into the Black.”

But fans are getting antsy for a new album, and the band’s response has been to keep their audience at the end of their hook by sporadically releasing single tracks, such as “Just Like You,” “I Can Never Be Myself When You’re Around,” “In Films,” and “Shadow.”

Just last Wednesday, Chromatics unveiled a tempestuous, frigid video for the next album’s titular track, “Dear Tommy,” which employs the band’s signature red and black color palette in what could almost pass as a shakier version of an HBO opening sequence or a Nicolas Winding Refn trailer.

Then last Friday, Mike Simonetti, co-founder of the band’s label, Italians Do It Better, threatened to release hours of unheard Chromatics material to the public if band member Johnny Jewels didn’t pay retributions for an alleged stolen track of Simonetti’s.

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Whether those accusations are true or false hasn’t yet been determined, but it may light a fire under the band to roll out the album sooner…perhaps a silver lining for those unrelenting Chromatics fans.

In the meantime, check out this queen of covers, Chromatics’ terribly addictive rendition of Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.”

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