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!!! (Chk Chk Chk)

Tuesday, December 13

It doesn’t matter how you say !!!. Chk chk chk, pow pow pow, and bump bump bump all work as long as the bass is loud enough and the crowd is ready for a psychedelic dance-punk party. Since their formation in 1996 the eight-piece band has been releasing disco-punk records on a consistent basis, beginning with their 2000 self-titled album. Though their music usually stays on the lighthearted, head-bobbing side of things with songs like “Jamie, My Intentions Are Bass,” full of tongue-in-cheek lyrics like “My intentions are bass. I just want to put some flowers right in your vase,” the band’s journey has been anything but lighthearted. In 2009 Jerry Fuchs, drummer on their 2007 album Myth Takes—also a former drummer for the Juan Maclean and LCD Soundsystem—fell down an elevator shaft in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and became the second former !!! drummer to meet a tragic death. The band regrouped, and one year later released their fourth full length record, Strange Weather, Isn’t It?, along with their catchy, proto-house single “AM/FM.” These guys are more than just good at making people dance though, they’re also pretty good at putting together music videos, like the hilarious video for “Jamie, My Intentions Are Bass,” and their recent Evel Knievel inspired, Stunt Rock sync-up video for “The Most Certain Sure,” which can be seen on their website (and below). Dance dance dance with !!! this Tuesday (Dec 13) at Soundlab. —cory perla