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!!! at Primavera Sound

49 minsRecorded 3 Jun 2017 at Primavera Sound in Barcelona, Spain
Kimberly Ross

The cult NYC indie dance unit fire up the crowd for a stompin afro disco hoe down. Recorded live in Barcelona.

!!! (or ‘chk chk chk’ if you need to say it) got its start in Sacramento, California, cooking up a unique brew of psychedelic funk, dub and disco rhythms punctuated by a decidedly punk spirit. The band’s self-titled debut LP appeared on Gold Standard Laboratories in 2000, and while the record contained more than its fair share of infectious tunes, it was the band’s over-the-top, jam-filled live shows—and its dedication to a heavy touring schedule—that truly sprouted a legion of !!! followers. After switching coasts, the group offered up 2003’s Me And Giuliani Down By The School Yard, a song that both exploded !!!’s profile and directly challenged the regressive politics governing NYC at the time. That confrontational approach certainly hasn’t wavered in the the years since, even as the group made the leap to Warp Records and continued issuing a steady stream of albums, including Louden Up Now (2004), Myth Takes (2007), Strange Weather, Isn’t It? (2010), Thr!!!ler (2013), and its latest effort, 2015’s As If. Throughout this run, !!!’s membership has fluctuated, but frontman Nic Offer has remained an energetic, if occasionally antagonistic, constant, as has the band’s love of highly danceable grooves.

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