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!!!, pronounced "chk chk chk," recently performed on World Cafe.
!!!, pronounced "chk chk chk," recently performed on World Cafe. Courtesy of the artist
- "Jamie, My Intentions Are Bass"
With its eight members calling diverse music scenes (New York, Sacramento and Portland) home, !!! is a dance-punk band that isn't afraid to get down and dirty — and also isn't afraid to mix things up. Pronounced "chk chk chk", this group has been on the radar of fans and critics alike since 2000, with the release of their eponymous debut. Taking their name from the movie The Gods Must Be Crazy, the !!! stand for Bushmen's clicking—though band members say that the three exclamation marks can stand for three sounds of any kind, such as Pow Pow Pow, Bam Bam Bam, or Uh Uh Uh. Very fitting for a band all about the beats.
Since their debut, !!! has created four full-lengths, all of which have done well on the charts. Their latest, Strange Weather, Isn't It?, represents a return to their first beats. It's full of dance-worthy techno as well as moodiness and memorable guitar licks.
Hear the band play live, and listen to Nic Offer talk about the changes to the band over the years.