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!!! (CHK CHK CHK)

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  • Concorde 2, Brighton

Over a long, consistent career, !!! have traded in uptempo, tightly wound dance music that splits the difference between disco and punk. Guided by the vocals and vision of Nic Offer, the multi-member outfit began making records in the mid-'90s.

!!!, 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 that were 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.

Over their tenure, !!! have released seven full-length records, ranging from punchy politically charged outings in their earlier years to more subdued yet just as danceable records up until now. Always creating, the band often write many songs within a matter of days and shows no signs of slowing down, despite multiple personnel changes.

The band brought in Patrick Ford to produce their eighth album this year. Let It Be Blue conjures up a sound that blurs the boundaries between live instruments, samples, and programmed beats. The core band was joined by guest vocalists Angelica Garcia, Meah Pace, and Maria Uzor on a set of songs that ranged from acoustic ballads and melancholy dance tracks to upbeat floor-fillers and party-starters.

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