The curiously named !!!, whose moniker 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 mid-'90s hardcore act Yah Mos. While on tour, members of Yah Mos, including !!! singer Nic Offer, envisioned forming a band oriented more toward danceable music, and once they returned to Sacramento, CA, their hometown, they decided to turn their working concept into an actual group.

The band quickly grew into an eight-member ensemble, including Mario Andreoni on guitar, Offer on vocals, Justin van der Volgen on bass, Dan Gorman on trumpet and percussion, Tyler Pope on guitar, Allan Wilson on saxophone and percussion, John Pugh on drums, and Jason Racine on percussion. Fusing the groove-oriented style of James Brown's backing band with the edginess of Gang of Four and the Contortions and featuring an expansive percussive presence, !!! spent its first few years as a group developing its sound and playing at house parties for friends in Sacramento. At the same time, Offer, Pope, and van der Volgen were playing in a dub-inflected instrumental outfit called Out Hud with Molly Schnick and Phyllis Forbes, two musicians who used to be in the band Raoul.

After putting out a 7" on Hopscotch Records and a split single with Outhud in 1998, the two bands decided to release a split full-length together in 1999, a release jointly sponsored by the label Gold Standards Laboratories, founded by Sonny Kaye of Angel Hair and the VSS fame, and Zum, a San Francisco-based zine. After extensive touring of the States, which gave them a chance to further expand the songs they had written by placing them in the interactive context of a live show, !!! recorded and released a self-titled album on GSL in December 2000. Soon after, the band re-entered the studio and recorded enough material for a second album. Members of the band moved to New York, but the group still remained intact, planning regional tours and tape trades across the expanses of the Midwest. In 2003, the band issued Me and Giuliani Down by the School Yard (A True Story), their first release for Touch & Go.

!!! Discography


GSL39 !!! !!! (Album) Gold Standard Laboratories GSL39 US 2000 Sell This Version
WARPCD121P !!! Louden Up Now (Album) Warp Records, Warp Records WARPCD121P UK 2004 Sell This Version
BRC-167 !!! Myth Takes (Album) Warp Records BRC-167 Japan 2007 Sell This Version
WARPCD197 !!! Strange Weather, Isn't It? (Album) Warp Records WARPCD197 Europe 2010 Sell This Version
none !!! Thr!!!er (Album) Warp Records none UK 2013 Sell This Version
WARPCD260 !!! As If (Album) Warp Records WARPCD260 UK, Europe & US 2015 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

#9 !!! The Dis-Ease / The Funky Branca (Single) Hopscotch Records #9 US 1998 Sell This Version
GSL26, ZUM007, ZUM NO.7 Outhud* / !!! Outhud* / !!! - Lab Series Vol. 2 (EP) Gold Standard Laboratories, Zum, Zum GSL26, ZUM007, ZUM NO.7 US 1999 Sell This Version
TG247 !!! Me And Giuliani Down By The School Yard (A True Story) (Maxi, Single) Warp Records TG247 US 2003 Sell This Version
TG259, WARP LP 121 P !!! Pardon My Freedom Touch And Go, Warp Records TG259, WARP LP 121 P UK 2004 Sell This Version
none !!! Hello? Is This Thing On? (Maxi, Single) Warp Records none UK 2004 Sell This Version
WAP 184 !!! Vs LFO !!! Vs LFO - Me & Giuliani Down By The School Yard (A Remix) (Single) Warp Records WAP 184 UK 2004 Sell This Version
BRE-15 !!! Live! Live! Live!(CD, EP) Beat Records BRE-15 Japan 2004 Sell This Version
TG287 !!! Take Ecstasy With Me / Get Up (Single, Maxi) Touch And Go TG287 US 2005 Sell This Version
none Chk Chk Chk* Must Be The Moon (Maxi, Single) Warp Records none US 2007 Sell This Version
WAP 218 J !!! Heart Of Hearts (Single) Warp Records WAP 218 J Japan 2006 Sell This Version
WAP232CDR !!! Yadnus EP (EP) Warp Records WAP232CDR UK 2007 Sell This Version
BRE-25 !!! The Moonlight EP(CD, EP) Beat Records BRE-25 Japan 2007 Sell This Version
WAP 264 !!! The Moon Must Be Revisited(12", Ltd) Warp Records WAP 264 UK 2008 Sell This Version
WAP306CDRP !!! The Most Certain Sure (Single) Warp Records WAP306CDRP UK 2010 Sell This Version
WAP310CDP !!! Jamie, My Intentions Are Bass (EP, Single) Warp Records WAP310CDP UK 2010 Sell This Version
0 801061 930318, WAP 303 !!! AM/FM (Single) Warp Records, Warp Records 0 801061 930318, WAP 303 UK 2010 Sell This Version
WAP361D !!! And Anyway It's Christmas Warp Records WAP361D UK 2013 Sell This Version
WARPDD236B !!! One Girl/One Boy (Single) Warp Records WARPDD236B UK 2013 Sell This Version
WARPDD236A !!! Slyd (Single) Warp Records WARPDD236A UK 2013