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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. ~ Josh Eppert
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Top Songs by !!!

  1.   Song Popularity
  2.   One Girl/One Boy
  3.   Heart of Hearts
  4.   AM/FM
  5.   Most Certain Sure
  6.   Bend Over Beethoven
  7.   Slyd
  8.   And Anyway It's Christmas
  9.   Hammer
  10.   Must Be The Moon
  11.   Steady as the Sidewalk Cracks
  12.   Theme from Space Island
  13.   Shit Scheisse Merde, Pt. 2
  14.   Shit Scheisse Merde, Pt. 1
  15.   When the Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Karazzee
  16.   Broadway [Gimme The Lights On]
  17.   Yadnus
  18.   A New Name
  19.   Myth Takes
  20.   Me and Giuliani Down by the School Yard (A True Story)
  21.   Californiyeah feat. Main Attrakionz
  22.   Careful
  23.   Californiyeah
  24.   Wannagain Wannagain
  25.   Jump Back
  26.   Hollow
  27.   Even Judas Gave Jesus a Kiss
  28.   Break in Case of Anything
  29.   Sweet Life
  30.   All My Heroes Are Weirdos
  31.   Get Up
  32.   Take Ecstasy with Me
  33.   Pardon My Freedom
  34.   Intensifieder Sunracapellectrohshit Mix 03
  35.   King's Weed
  36.   Dear Can
  37.   Station (Meet Me at The)
  38.   Jamie, My Intentions are Bass
  39.   Hello? Is This Thing On?
  40.   Even When the Water's Cold
  41.   Infinifold
  42.   Get That Rhythm Right
  43.   Fine Fine Fine
  44.   Except Death
  45.   The Step
  46.   Hammerhead
  47.   KooKooKa Fuk-U
  48.   Storm the Legion
  49.   There's No Fucking Rules, Dude
  50.   Intensify
  51.   Feel Good Hit of the Fall
  52.   Freak the Funk
  53.   Feel Good Hit of the Fall
  54.   JGNDG by Out Hud
  55.   JGNXTC by Out Hud
  56.   Instinct by Out Hud
  57.   Sunday 5:17 AM
  58.   Instinct
  59.   Is This Thing On
  60.   Me & Guilini Walking Down the School Yard
  61.   The Hammer by Chk Chk Chk
  62.   When the Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Karazzee [Serious Bonus Beats
  63.   Jgne by Out Hud
  64.   Finale
  65.   Shit Scheisse Merde Part 1 - Instrumental
  66.   Me and Guiliani Down by the School Yard - A True Story
  67.   Shitt Sheisse Merde, Pt.2
  68.   Feel Good of the Fall
  69.   No Name

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