Can Can (band)

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Can Can
Origin Atlanta, Georgia
Genres Punk rock, art punk, grunge, garage rock
Years active 2007-2011 (hiatus)
Labels JDub
Associated acts Ice Bats, Meen, Mondo Generator
Members Patrick Aleph
Mary Collins
Josh Lamar

Can Can (stylized as Can!!Can) is an American punk rock band from Atlanta, Georgia. They were formed in 2007 by lead vocalist Patrick Aleph, guitarist Mary Collins, and drummer Josh Lamar. They released their independent debut album, All Hell, before signing to JDub Records, who released their next album, Monsters & Healers, the following year. They are known for Aleph's aggressive vocals and philosophical, Jewish-themed lyrics.


Can Can was formed in 2007 in Atlanta, Georgia. Its members met through the local music scene:[1] Lead singer Patrick Aleph was in the Alive Records band The Love Drunks,[2] guitarist Mary Collins performed as Trixie Riptide with the riot grrrl band The Moto-Litas,[3] and drummer Josh Lamar toured with Nick Oliveri's band Mondo Generator.

In January 2008, the band released the EP Holy Kiss. Later in the year, they performed at The EARL with Thee Crucial[4] and participated in a Chabad fundraiser in response to the then-recent Mumbai attacks. On January 27, 2009, the band released their debut album, All Hell.[5]

The band subsequently signed with JDub Records and released a second album, Monsters & Healers, on July 7, 2010.[6]

In March 2011, Josh Lamar announced via Facebook that they would be going on indefinite hiatus, with the possibility of one more show.[7] Since then, Lamar has played for the band Meen, while Aleph and Collins have collaborated as the no wave duo Ice Bats.

Musical style[edit]

Shortly before the release of All Hell, Saul Austerlitz of The Forward the band's songs "weld punk attitude to heavy metal's metaphorically dense, lyrically pungent aura."[5] A concert review from Paste Magazine described the "careening punk emanating from their one drum kit, one guitar and screaming vocals [that] sounds like it was produced by an army silhouetted against the light."[4] Another Forward writer, Mordechai Shinefield, saw the band as influenced by "denizens of a post-Sonic Youth world where the Yeah Yeah Yeahs were once the biggest act ever."[8] Jewish Chronicle associate editor Justin Jacobs praised Monsters & Healers for "pairing Mary Collins' jagged guitars and Josh Lamar's tight, controlled percussion with Aleph's ragged howls and chants."[6]

Much of the band's identity comes from the persona of lead singer Patrick Aleph. Matthue Roth described his vocals as "snide and sincere, like a postmodern Dean Martin,"[9] while Shinefield notes his use of "Andy Falkousesque howls".[8] Additionally, Aleph, an outspoken Torah-observant Jew, will often incorporate subtle Jewish themes in his lyrics, such as references to the Two Tablets and the Promised Land.[6][5] Aleph has said, "If I can give young Jews a sense of spiritual connection through heavy music in the same way that my Christian colleagues have done so, then that's a wonderful thing, but that's not necessarily what I'm trying to do...If they go the extra step and read the lyrics and see that there are songs about creation mythology, and a song about olam haba, well, what is that? Then that's great."[5]




  • All Hell (2009)
  • Monsters & Healers (2010)


  • Holy Kiss EP (2008)


  1. ^ Emily Savage (June 30, 2010). "Can!!Can you feel the beat?". Jweekly.
  2. ^ Greg Prato. "The Love Drunks - The Love Drunks". AllMusic.
  3. ^ MacKenzie Wilson. "The Moto-Litas". AllMusic.
  4. ^ a b Julia Reidy (Aug 13, 2008). "Live Review: Thee Crucials, Can Can @ The Earl 7/31/08". Paste Magazine.
  5. ^ a b c d Saul Austerlitz (Jan 15, 2009). "Jewish Punk: If Anyone Can, Can Can Can". The Forward.
  6. ^ a b c Justin Jacobs (July 8, 2010). "Atlanta's Can Can brings the noise". The Jewish Chronicle of Pittsburgh.
  7. ^ Josh Lamar (March 24, 2011). "Can Can - we have unanimously decided to put Can!!Can on a..." Facebook.
  8. ^ a b Mordechai Shinefield (July 6, 2010). "The Arty Semite Record Review: Can!!Can's 'Monsters & Healers'". The Forward.
  9. ^ Matthue Roth (Jan 29, 2009). "Language Arts". Tablet Magazine.