!!! (// chk-chk-chk) is an American dance-punk band from Sacramento, California, formed in 1995 by lead singer Nic Offer. Members of !!! came from other local bands such as the Yah Mos, Black Liquorice and Pope Smashers. They are currently based in New York City. The band's eighth album, Wallop, was released in August 2019.
!!! performing at the Flow Festival in Helsinki, Finland (2007)
|Also known as||Chk Chk Chk|
|Origin||Sacramento, California, United States|
Background and historyEdit
!!! is an American band formed in the fall of 1996 by the merger of members of the groups Black Liquorice and Popesmashers. After a successful joint tour, the two bands decided to mix the disco-funk with more aggressive sounds and integrate the hardcore singer Nic Offer from the Yah Mos. The band's name was inspired by the subtitles of the movie The Gods Must Be Crazy, in which the clicking sounds of the Bushmen's Khoisan language were represented as "!". However, as the bandmembers themselves say, !!! is pronounced by repeating thrice any monosyllabic sound. "Chk Chk Chk" is the most common pronunciation, and the URL of their official website and the title of their Myspace page suggest it is the preferred pronunciation.
The band's full-length debut record came out in 2000 as a self-titled album on the label Gold Standard Laboratories. This was followed in 2003 by the single "Me and Giuliani Down By the School Yard", a lengthy track combining house beats with sinewy basslines, psychedelic guitars, and simple lyrics which quote the title song of the musical Footloose.
A second full-length, Louden Up Now, was released on Touch and Go in America and on Warp Records in Europe in June 2004. In June 2005 !!! released a new EP covering "Take Ecstasy with Me" by The Magnetic Fields, and "Get Up" by Nate Dogg. The following December, the original drummer for the band, Mikel Gius, was struck and killed by a car while riding his bike.
Vocalist and drummer John Pugh officially left the band in July 2007 to concentrate on his new band Free Blood. Vocalist Shannon Funchess stood in for Pugh during much of their 2007 tour. The band also shared membership with the similar, defunct group Out Hud (including Tyler Pope, who has played with LCD Soundsystem and written music for Cake).
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|Louden Up Now||
|Strange Weather, Isn't It?||
|Shake the Shudder||
|"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.|
- GSL26/LAB SERIES VOL. 2 (Split with Out Hud, 1999, Gold Standard Labs)
- Live Live Live (November 2004, Beat Records, Japan only)
- Take Ecstasy with Me/Get Up (June 7, 2005, Touch and Go Records)
- Yadnus (2007)
- Jamie, My Intentions Are Bass E.P. (November 2010)
- MEGAMiiiX Vol.1: Shake Shake Shake (2018)
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Album|
|"The Dis-Ease/The Funky Branca"||1998||—||Single-only release|
|"Me and Giuliani Down by the School Yard (A True Story)"||2003||84||Louden Up Now|
|"Pardon My Freedom"||2004||—|
|"Hello? Is This Thing On?"||74|
|"Me and Giuliani Down by the School Yard (A Remix)"||—|
|"Take Ecstasy With Me/ Get Down"||2005||213||Single-only release|
|"Heart of Hearts"||2007||—||Myth Takes|
|"Must Be the Moon"||—|
|"AM/FM"||2010||—||Strange Weather, Isn't It?|
|"One Girl / One Boy"||—|
|"All U Writers"||2015||—||As If|
|"Freedom '15" / "Sick Ass Moon"||—|
|"Bam City" / "Ooo"||—|
|I Feel So Free" (Lost Souls of Saturn Remix)||2016||—||Non-album single|
|"The One 2"||2017||—||Shake the Shudder|
|"Dancing Is the Best Revenge"||—|
- !!! (1997, tour cassette)
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