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Video of the Moment #2355: !!! (chk chk chk)

By on Thursday, 4th May 2017 at 6:00 pm

American dance punks !!! (chk chk chk) is gearing up to release a new album in 2 weeks. Ahead of the upcoming release, they’ve got a new promo video for a single taken from the album, ‘Dancing is the Best Revenge’. Here’s what lead singer Nic Offer says about the idea of its accompanying promo:

“When we recorded ‘Dancing is The Best Revenge’ I pitched up my voice, becoming Nicole Fayu in the studio – much like Prince became Camille and Morrissey became Ann Coates. The groove felt like a strut or walk and I imagined it akin to drag or ballroom culture.

After ‘The One 2’ video featured such strong dance performances, and was filmed in the historic LA venue Jalisco, we decided to give the song to some girls who could really walk the walk and perform the song as in the spirit of reinvention. We traded some outfits and makeup tips and they helped me become IRL Nicole Fayu. Dancing with them was a blast, and it was great to finally see the song walked. I have to admit, I’m not used to being out performed in a video.

These ladies ignore a world that tells them who they should be – they take the stage, walking as whoever they want to be, and that’s their best revenge. Maybe you’ll never put on heels, maybe you’ll never walk onstage, maybe you’ll never be anyone else, but maybe this song/vid/story inspires you to try something you haven’t before.”

Watch the new video from !!! for ‘Dancing is the Best Revenge’ below. The SXSW 2017 showcasing group from New York City will release ‘Shake the Shudder’ on the 19th of May on Warp Records. To read more of our coverage here on !!!, go here.



SXSW 2017: Monday night variety, including Americana at the Swan Dive, pop at The Gatsby and rock at the British Music Embassy – 13th March 2017

By on Monday, 3rd April 2017 at 5:00 pm

After our arrival in Austin on Monday afternoon, Mary and I officially began our music festival adventures at SXSW 2017 on Monday night at the Swan Dive, which played host to a showcase of alt-country and Americana artists. We only stayed long enough to see one band, but it turned out to be a fortuitous choice, as the first act on the evening’s bill was outstanding Finnish duo Tuomo & Markus. (Mary also wrote about them in this previous SXSW 2017 review post.

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Tuomo Prättälä and Markus Nordenstreng are each career musicians in their own right, but they came together recently at Wavelab Studio in my own adopted home of Tucson, AZ to record an album of contemporary Americana, with contributions from well-known friends, including members of Wilco, Calexico and The Jayhawks. Though the album, titled ‘Dead Circles’, has yet to be released outside of Scandinavia (its North American and European release is due later this year), I found out later in the week that Rolling Stone contributor David Fricke had already named it to his list of ‘New Albums from the Best of SXSW 2017’.

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Following Tuomo & Markus’ set, Mary and I set out in separate directions (you can read her Monday evening review here). I headed to The Gatsby, which was playing host to the heavily-hyped and well-attended Pandora showcase. After a brief wait in the queue, I got inside just in time to see another duo act, FRENSHIP, whom I’d already encountered in my preview of Los Angeles bands at SXSW 2017. James Sunderland and Brett Hite’s high energy blend of organic songwriting with electronic dance music is immediately captivating, and their anthemic tracks ‘1000 Nights’ and ‘Capsize’ fit perfectly on the large, brightly-lit stage at The Gatsby. You can hear more about FRENSHIP’s Monday night set in my post-performance interview with them right back here.


The next act on the Pandora stage was Brooklyn-based dance pop band !!! (aka chk chk chk, if you want to say it out loud). They made an entrance worthy of all three exclamation points, and proceeded to shimmy and shake through a set that was equal parts glitz and Jazzercise. Their new album ‘Shake the Shudder’ is due out on the 19th of May, and if you love to dance, you’ll want to catch them on tour this summer: they already have dates scheduled in the UK and at home here in America.

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I’m not sure how I missed L.A. rock band Lo Moon in my aforementioned preview, but I was pleasantly surprised by their intense and atmospheric set on the Pandora stage. The video for their latest single ‘Loveless’ came out just after SXSW, and the drawn out anticipation of its slowly unfolding drama is a fair representation of their music, though they do make a much more powerful impact in live performance.

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Before the first night of SXSW could officially close, I naturally had to pay a visit to the British Music Embassy at Latitude 30. The last two bands on the DIY + TicketWeb showcase that evening were Manchester-based False Advertising and Exeter trio Muncie Girls. Both bands fall into the rock category, but False Advertisting were more on the fuzzy, grunge end of the continuum, while Muncie Girls have a brighter, cleaner sound. False Advertising do an interesting lead vocal/drums switch between Jen Hingley and Chris Warr, but as I was never able to see Warr’s face beyond his hair when he was singing, I think I’d have to say that I prefer Hingley in the forefront. Fellow frontwoman Lande Hekt of Muncie Girls had a more immediately engaging stage presence, though her pleasant smile was rather ironic, given the subversive lyrics behind her band’s catchy punk sound.

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Monday night at SXSW 2017 was a grab-bag of different bands and different sounds, but it was only the tip of the iceberg. Stay tuned to TGTF for my further accounts from the week in Austin, and if you haven’t been able to keep up with Mary’s fast-paced coverage of events, you can find everything collected right back here.


!!! (chk chk chk) / February and March 2016 UK Tour

By on Friday, 18th December 2015 at 9:00 am

American dance-punk band !!! (pronounced “chk chk chk”, in case you aren’t with it) have announced a run of UK tour dates for early next year.  Their album ‘As If’ is available now via British indie label Warp Records and includes the live favourite ‘I Feel So Free’.  You can see a 360-degree live video of the band performing ‘I Feel So Free’ at !!!’s October 2015 show in Tokyo just below the tour date listing.

Tickets for the following shows are on sale now, except for the London Village Underground show on the 10th of March, which is promised to be “on sale soon”.  You can find a full list of !!!’s upcoming European shows on the band’s official Web site.  Previous coverage of !!! on TGTF can be found here.

Saturday 13th February 2016 – Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Sunday 14th February 2016 – Glasgow CCA
Monday 15th February 2016 – Leeds Wardrobe
Tuesday 16th February 2016 – Manchester Sound Control
Wednesday 17th February 2016 – Southampton Joiners
Thursday 18th February 2016 – Birmingham Oobleck
Wednesday 9th March 2016 – Brighton Patterns
Thursday 10th March 2016 – London Village Underground



Video of the Moment #1228: !!!

By on Saturday, 8th June 2013 at 10:00 am

In the shadow of Daft Punk’s return, some people seem to forget there are other dance bands, and specifically bands that have better songs than that noisome ‘Get Lucky’. Take, for example, !!! ‘One Girl / One Boy’, from their current album ‘Thr!!!er’, which is funky and sexy. And its writers didn’t feel the need to hit out at their entire genre. Watch it below.



Video of the Moment #607: !!!

By on Friday, 21st October 2011 at 6:00 pm

For Friday, here’s a song that will get you ready for a good night out. !!! have a new single, ‘Most Certain Sure’, and its video doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. Until you read the description on Warp Records’ Web site explaining it. Like MTV’s Jackass, don’t try this at home, kids.



!!! / October and November 2010 UK Tour

By on Wednesday, 28th July 2010 at 7:00 am

!!! (or Chk Chk Chk in their Google-able form) are hitting the road again… catch them at:

Friday 29th November 2010 – Manchester, Academy 2
Saturday 30th November 2010 – Glasgow, Classic Grand
Monday 1st November 2010 – Leeds, Cockpit
Tuesday 2nd November 2010 – Bristol, Anson Rooms
Wednesday 3rd November 2010 – Brighton, Concorde 2
Thursday 4th November 2010 – London, KOKO


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