!!! (CHK CHK CHK) at the Pike Room

SUNDAY JULY 20, 2008
doors at 8PM
tickets: $15 (buy tickets)


!!! is pronounced by repeating thrice any monosyllabic sound. Chk Chk Chk is the most common pronunciation, but they could just as easily be called Pow Pow Pow, Bam Bam Bam, Uh Uh Uh, etc. !! members Nic Offer (vox), Jerry Fuchs (drums), John Pugh (vox & perc), Allan Wilson (perc, synth, sax), Mario Andreoni (git), Tyler Pope (git), Justin Van Der Volgen (bass) and Dan Gorman (perc, synth) like to push their own limits. At times, this requires rigorous physical training. Rehearsing their third album ‘Myth Takes’ in a rented house on the “wrong side” of Nashville, the band began each day with a strict exercise regime. “We all lived in this huge empty house” remembers Nic. “Every morning we´d do a kung-fu workout, and after that we´d jam all afternoon and night. I think the neighbours thought we were a cult or something. One time the postman walked up to the door when we were all in the living room, in our short shorts, chanting and contorted into these weird sweaty positions. It worked, though: don´t mess with the magic”. Nowhere is the magic more obvious than on stage. Formed in 1996 to play the all-night party scene in Sacramento, California, they´re still easily one of the most exciting live acts in the world. Now these dancefloor-destroying Pan-American dancing men have taken their trademark dance-funk sound into previously unimaginable territories. The ten tracks comprising ‘Myth Takes’ are denser and groovier than anything they´ve previous presented: a cut´n´paste sound-splash built from meaty basslines, spaghetti western guitars, African polyrhythms, electro house bleeps and Philly soul. It´s no exaggeration to say that there is no music like this being made anywhere else on the planet. With ‘Myth Takes’, !!! have stretched out to become truly peerless. With THE MODEY LEMON, ICY DEMONS, and DJ LARRY WILLIAMS.


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