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!!! performing at the Flow Festival in Helsinki, Finland (2007).
Background information
Origin Sacramento, California,[1] United States
Genres Dance-punk, indie rock, post-punk revival
Years active 1996–present
Labels Warp, Touch and Go, Gold Standard
Associated acts Out Hud, Maserati, Turing Machine, The Juan Maclean, LCD Soundsystem, Thee Oh Sees
Website chkchkchk.net
Members Nic Offer
Mario Andreoni
Dan Gorman
Paul Quattrone
Rafael Cohen
Past members John Pugh
Mikel Gius
Allan Wilson
Tyler Pope
Jason Racine
Justin Van Der Volgen
Jerry Fuchs
Shannon Funchess

!!! (/k.k.k/ chk-chk-chk) is a dance-punk band that formed in Sacramento, California, in 1996 by lead singer Nic Offer. Members of !!! came from other local bands such as The Yah Mos, Black Liquorice and Popesmashers. They are currently based in New York City, Sacramento, and Portland, Oregon. The band's seventh full-length album, Shake the Shudder, was released in May 2017.[1][2][3]

Background and history[edit]

!!! is an American band formed in the summer of 1995 by the merger of part of the group Black Liquorice and Popesmashers. After a successful joint tour, the two teams decided to mix the disco-funk with more aggressive sounds and integrate the hardcore singer Nic Offer from the Yah Mos. The band's name was inspired by the subtitles of the movie The Gods Must Be Crazy, in which the clicking sounds of the Bushmens' Khoisan language were represented as "!". However, as the bandmembers themselves say, !!! is pronounced by repeating thrice any monosyllabic sound. "Chk Chk Chk" is the most common pronunciation,[2] and the URL of their official website and the title of their Myspace page suggest it is the preferred pronunciation.[4]

The band's full-length debut record came out in 2000 as a self-titled album on the label Gold Standard Laboratories. This was followed in 2003 by the single "Me and Giuliani Down By the School Yard", a lengthy track combining house beats with sinewy basslines, psychedelic guitars, and simple lyrics which quote the title song of the musical Footloose.[5]

A second full-length, Louden Up Now, was released on Touch and Go in America and on Warp Records in Europe in June 2004. In June 2005 !!! released a new EP covering "Take Ecstasy with Me" by The Magnetic Fields, and "Get Up" by Nate Dogg. The following December, the original drummer for the band, Mikel Gius, was struck and killed by a car while riding his bike.[6]

They released their third album, Myth Takes in 2007.[7][8]

!!! performing at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on May 2, 2004.

!!! is composed of Mario Andreoni (guitar), Dan Gorman (horns/percussion/keys), Nic Offer (vocals), Tyler Pope (bass/various electronic devices), and Allan Wilson (horns/percussion/keys). Touring members include Shannon Funchess (vocals) and Paul Quattrone (drums). The band also shared membership with the similar, defunct group Out Hud (including Tyler Pope, who has played with LCD Soundsystem and written music for Cake).[9]

Vocalist and drummer John Pugh officially left the band in July 2007 to concentrate on his new band Free Blood.[10] Shannon Funchess stood in for Pugh during much of their 2007 tour.[11]



List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
  • Released: November, 2001
  • Label: Gold Standard Labs
Louden Up Now
  • Released: June 7, 2004
  • Label: Touch and Go/Warp
4 135
Myth Takes
  • Released: March 5, 2007
  • Label: Warp
195 3 36 135
Strange Weather, Isn't It?
  • Released: August 24, 2010
  • Label: Warp
  • Released: April 28, 2013
  • Label: Warp
117 62 121
As If
  • Released: October 16, 2015
  • Label: Warp
Shake the Shudder
  • Released: May 19, 2017
  • Label: Warp
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


  • GSL26/LAB SERIES VOL. 2 (Split with Out Hud, 1999, Gold Standard Labs)
  • Live Live Live (November 2004, Beat Records, Japan only)
  • Take Ecstasy with Me/Get Up (June 7, 2005, Touch and Go Records)
  • Yadnus (2007)
  • Jamie, My Intentions Are Bass E.P. (November 2010)


!!!'s Nic Offer, supporting The Red Hot Chili Peppers in Reading, England (2006).
List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"The Dis-Ease/The Funky Branca" 1998 Single-only release
"Me and Giuliani Down by the School Yard (A True Story)" 2003 84 Louden Up Now
"Pardon My Freedom" 2004
"Hello? Is This Thing On?" 74
"Me and Giuliani Down by the School Yard (A Remix)"
"Heart of Hearts" 2007 Myth Takes
"Must Be the Moon"
"AM/FM" 2010 Strange Weather, Isn't It?
"Slyd" 2013 THR!!!ER
"One Girl / One Boy"
"All U Writers" 2015 As If
"Freedom '15" / "Sick Ass Moon"
"Bam City" / "Ooo"
"The One 2" 2017 Shake the Shudder
"Dancing is the Best Revenge"

Other projects[edit]

  • !!! (1997, tour cassette)
  • Stereolad, a Stereolab cover band side project, containing the members of !!! [15]


  1. ^ a b Coscarelli, Joseph (July 30, 2007). "!!! (Chk Chk Chk) post-punk puctuation". The Deli Magazine. Retrieved July 22, 2013. 
    • a "As the frontman for the New York by-way-of Sacramento band !!! (pronounced, chk chk chk, or any other percussive onomatopoeia)..." — ¶ 1.
  2. ^ a b Seabrook, Andrea (May 17, 2007). "The Musicians of !!!: Making Their Own 'Myths' " (Audio: Flash or MP3). All Things Considered NPR. Retrieved August 26, 2010.
  3. ^ Minsker, Evan. "The New !!! Album Is Called THR!!!ER". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 29 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "!!! (Chk Chk Chk) on Myspace Music" MySpace.com, 2009. Retrieved 2010-08-26. Archived August 12, 2007, at WebCite
  5. ^ Michele Finardi (May 30, 2010). "!!!: A luglio a Torino". LoudVision. Retrieved December 30, 2010. 
  6. ^ Orangevale bicyclist killed. Sacramento Bee. December 19, 2005, Page B2. Newsbank. Retrieved 2010-08-25. Archived August 27, 2010, at WebCite
  7. ^ Diver, Mike (November 16, 2006). "It's no rumour, it's a Myth. Takes eight to make it !!!". News Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 2010-08-26. Archived August 12, 2007, at WebCite
  8. ^ Howe, Brian. (March 2, 2007). "Album Review – !!! Myth Takes (Warp; 2007)". Pitchfork.com. Retrieved 2010-08-26. Archived August 27, 2010, at WebCite
  9. ^ Still Disco-Punk, Still Spoiling for a Fight, New York Times, March 18, 2007. Retrieved 19 July 2013.
  10. ^ Maher, Dave; Solarski, Matthew (July 11, 2007). "John Pugh Leaves !!!, Fires Up Free Blood". Pitchforkmedia.com. Archived from the original on May 13, 2008. Retrieved August 25, 2010. 
  11. ^ Phillips, Amy (August 6, 2007). Lollapalooza Report: Sunday [Amy Phillips]. Pitchforkmedia.com. Retrieved 2010-08-26. Archived November 2, 2007, at WebCite
  12. ^ "!!! (Chk Chk Chk) discography". lescharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 15 May 2013. 
  13. ^ !!!(チック・チック・チック)のランキング | ORICON STYLE (in Japanese; retrieved November 10, 2015)
  14. ^ a b "Chart Log UK: Numerals". Zobbel.de. Retrieved December 2, 2011. 
  15. ^ "INTRODUCING: STEREOLAD". chkchkchk.net. Retrieved 6 December 2015. 

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