!!! !!! (CD, £9.50)label: G.S.L.
Pronounce it CHIK CHIK CHIK", "POW POW POW", "BANG BANG BANG" or any other repetitive sound x 3. Anyway, !!! was formed in 1996 at a Sacramento, California dance party. The seven members grew up together, playing various breeds of punk and experimental music, and gradually found themselves wanting more and more to play music in the vein of the stuff they were dancing to. The point, however, was not to simply mimic it but rather !!! sought to reinvent the sounds of CHIC, JAMES BROWN etc, pumping them full of sweaty energy and (although the band themselves would be loathe to acknowledge it) an "accomplished post-punk angularity". Which is not to say !!! are a punk band, nor a funk band for that matter. They are both. And neither.
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