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!!!, 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, California, 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 & 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. Before their next album, there were some major personnel shifts, as longtime member Pope departed and was replaced by bassist Rafael Cohen, and drummer Paul Quattrone joined. The group's fifth album, Thr!!!er was released in April of 2013 and featured production by Spoon's Jim Eno and vocals from Sonia Moore, a one-time backing vocalist for MC Hammer. They followed it up with an EP of remixes, R!M!X!S, later that year. To prep for the next album, Offer retreated to his N.Y.C. bedroom studio, working with Cohen and eventually finishing 40 songs. They cut it down to the best 30 and hit studios in N.Y.C., Los Angeles, and Austin to record them with help from Eno again as well as Chris Coady and Patrick Ford, though most of the album was self-produced by the band. As If was released by Warp in October of 2015. ~ Josh Eppert
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  2.   Heart of Hearts
  3.   One Girl/One Boy
  4.   AM/FM
  5.   Bend Over Beethoven
  6.   Slyd
  7.   And Anyway It's Christmas
  8.   Hammer
  9.   Most Certain Sure
  10.   Must Be The Moon
  11.   Steady as the Sidewalk Cracks
  12.   Take Ecstasy With Me
  13.   Californiyeah
  14.   I Feel So Free (Citation Needed)
  15.   Californiyeah feat. Main Attrakionz
  16.   Shit Scheisse Merde, Pt. 1
  17.   A New Name
  18.   Til the Money Runs Out
  19.   Me and Giuliani Down by the School Yard (A True Story)
  20.   Yadnus
  21.   All U Writers
  22.   Jump Back
  23.   Freedom! '15
  24.   Fine Fine Fine
  25.   Sick Ass Moon
  26.   Broadway [Gimme The Lights On]
  27.   Station (Meet Me at The)
  28.   Pardon My Freedom
  29.   Dear Can
  30.   Shit Scheisse Merde, Pt. 2
  31.   Ooo
  32.   Even When the Water's Cold
  33.   Wannagain Wannagain
  34.   Jamie, My Intentions are Bass
  35.   Infinifold
  36.   Break in Case of Anything
  37.   Sweet Life
  38.   Myth Takes
  39.   Get Up
  40.   King's Weed
  41.   When the Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Karazzee
  42.   Careful
  43.   Gonna Guetta Stomp
  44.   Get That Rhythm Right
  45.   Except Death
  46.   Theme from Space Island
  47.   Funk (I Got This)
  48.   Lucy Mongoosey
  49.   All My Heroes Are Weirdos
  50.   Bam City
  51.   Every Little Bit Counts
  52.   All the Way
  53.   Even Judas Gave Jesus a Kiss
  54.   Intensifieder Sunracapellectrohshit Mix 03
  55.   Hollow
  56.   Hello? Is This Thing On?
  57.   The Step
  58.   Hammerhead
  59.   KooKooKa Fuk-U
  60.   Storm the Legion
  61.   There's No Fucking Rules, Dude
  62.   Intensify
  63.   Feel Good Hit of the Fall
  64.   Freak the Funk
  65.   Feel Good Hit of the Fall
  66.   JGNDG by Out Hud
  67.   JGNXTC by Out Hud
  68.   Instinct by Out Hud
  69.   Sunday 5:17 AM
  70.   Instinct
  71.   Is This Thing On
  72.   Me & Guilini Walking Down the School Yard
  73.   The Hammer by Chk Chk Chk
  74.   When the Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Karazzee [Serious Bonus Beats
  75.   Jgne by Out Hud
  76.   Finale
  77.   Shit Scheisse Merde Part 1 - Instrumental
  78.   Me and Guiliani Down by the School Yard - A True Story
  79.   Shitt Sheisse Merde, Pt.2
  80.   Feel Good of the Fall
  81.   No Name
  82.   Shit Scheisse Merde
  83.   All You Writers

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