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December 3, 2007

!!! (Chk Chk Chk)

!!! (commonly pronounced "chk chk chk") is a band from Brooklyn, NY (surprise, surprise) that I found through Insound.com. This was probably around the time they released their most recent album, Myth Takes. Judging by that album, I knew that their live show would be a crazy dance feast, the best kind of concert. Sure enough, when I went to their show at Webster Hall in October, I got exactly what I expected. I was in the front, and I even danced with the lead singer, Nic Offer, through the iron wall that separates the fans from the stage.

***Side story: Nic Offer rhetorically asked, "Who puts on a better show than us?" Some girl yelled out, "BATTLES!!" I gave her the look of death. I've experienced Battles, and I was sorta confused by what I had witnessed. But, I guess the recorded album is equally as confusing. It's not that I hate them... I just don't particularly enjoy them. Sometimes, I'll listen to a song and think, "Wow, this isn't bad." And then the synthesized voice of Tyondai Braxton (aka Alvin and the Chipmunks) comes in, and I am rendered speechless. However, for whatever reason, I like "Atlas." Their next single is to be "Tonto," which THANKFULLY does not feature any vocals.

Anyway, back to !!!.

Their first single off Myth Takes was "Must Be the Moon," which I can only describe to be infectious. The story that the singer tells is classic: One-night stand with an unpleasant morning-after. Guy wakes up to girl who doesn't want to give him her number. Lesson of his story? Don't blame the music, blame it on the moon. The music video matches the song pretty well. Rituals at a house party? Definitely the influence of the moon.

I dare you to listen to "Must Be the Moon" and not dance in your chairs.

Must Be The Moon - !!! (Chk Chk Chk)

Heart of Hearts - !!! (Chk Chk Chk)

Bend Over Beethoven - !!! (Chk Chk Chk)



Sarah on December 10, 2007 at 3:49 PM said...

DO NOT DARE ME. i will fail.

Riazul on April 3, 2008 at 4:22 PM said...

Isn't it amazing how this band has been making music for the dancing indie kids for the past 10 years? And they're so good then as they are now!

Have you listened to Out Hud, their sister band? I liked their first album a lot, especially the song 'The L Train Is a Swell Train and I Don't Want to Hear You Indies Complain'. Even though the train really is not swell and is worthy of complaints.

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