Nic Offer from !!! (Chk Chk Chk) joined us before the band performed at The Fox Cabaret, in Vancouver Canada. We pried the dance…Read More
!!!, which can be pronounced by repeating any one-syllable percussive sound three times (e.g., “chk chk chk”), formed in 1996 after the demise of the Yah Mos; while on tour, members of that post-hardcore act envisioned forming a band oriented toward danceable music, and once they returned to their native Sacramento, CA, they turned the concept into an actual group. The band quickly became an eight-member ensemble: Nic Offer on vocals, Mario Andreoni on guitar, Justin van der Volgen on bass, Dan Gorman on trumpet and percussion, Tyler Pope on guitar, Allan Wilson on saxophone and percussion, Mikel Gius on drums, and Jason Racine on percussion.
!!! spent its first few years developing its groove-oriented, post-punk-indebted sound while playing local house parties. At the same time, Offer, Pope, and van der Volgen were in a dub-inflected instrumental outfit called Out Hud. After releasing a 7″ on Hopscotch and a split single with Out Hud in 1998, the two bands issued a split full-length, a 1999 release jointly sponsored by Gold Standards Laboratories (a Sacramento label) and Zum (a San Francisco zine).
After extensive touring of the States, !!! released a self-titled album on GSL in December 2000. Soon after, the band re-entered the studio and recorded enough material for a follow-up. Some members moved to New York, but the group remained intact and active as it booked regional tours. In 2003, the band issued Me and Giuliani Down by the School Yard (A True Story), its first release — a ringing, hypnotic single nine minutes in length — for Touch and Go. It set the tone for 2004’s politically charged Louden Up Now, mixed to bold effect by Maurice Fulton. The relatively lighthearted Myth Takes and Strange Weather, Isn’t It? (their first for new label Warp) were the band’s third and fourth albums, released respectively in March 2007 and August 2010.
!!! (pronounced “chk chk chk”) are going on a world tour in support of their newest album Shake the Shudder, released May 19. Dates include…Read More
In these tumultuous times, it is near impossible to go through your day without hearing about another scandal, perceived threat, or looming end to…Read More
!!! have called on Seth Troxler and Phil Moffa for remix duties on their new album As If. The duo turned the live show…Read More
After the release of (!!!) Chk Chk Chk’s latest album As If, featuring “Freedom! ’15”, R&B tinted House track “Sick Ass Moon”, upbeat journey…Read More
!!! are readying for the release of their latest album As If, out Oct 16. Having already shared the self-described disco odyssey “Freedom! ’15”…Read More
!!! recently announced their sixth studio album As If with streams of two tracks: the R&B tinted House track “Sick Ass Moon”, and “Freedom!…Read More
!! return this October with As If, the band’s sixth studio album. Combining punk abandon and tightly-coiled dance music has always been bonded into…Read More
On April 30, !!! will release their fifth full-length album THR!!!ER. “Over the course of many long van rides and post-coffee verbal riff sessions”Read More