If anything, on this year's Zonoscope (Modular), the pendulum seems to have swung back into the rock fold, with '90s Britpop à la Blur on songs like "Where I'm Going" and the breezy '70s tropical cheese of Fleetwood Mac on "Take Me Over." Of course, "Pharaohs & Pyramids" still works a sick staccato keyboard stab that would seem at home on an electro hip-hop joint by the likes of Gold Panda.

"I've been saying we aimed to push it as far as we could from what we thought we were," says Browning, "and use different sounds, and try different things. I think intrinsically the iconic things that we do — dance songwriting or whatever — will show anyway. So there's an identity you can't shake. You can put on a pair of glasses and a hat, but you're still gonna have the same face behind it. We felt comfortable pushing ourselves from what we'd done on the last record. We were fairly confident we would retain a lot of the same quality we had in the past."

In the meantime, their past is every other interesting band's present. Foreseeable future, too.

CUT COPY + HOLY GHOST | House of Blues, 15 Lansdowne St, Boston | April 4 | $20-$30 | 888.693.2583

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