!!! Bring New Music to The Bowery Ballroom and Music HallNovember 16th, 2015
Back in the mid-’90s, three post-hardcore Sacramento, Calif., bands had so much fun touring together they decided to form a new group oriented toward dance music. The band’s name, !!!, comes from subtitles of The Gods Must Be Crazy, and their dance-punk sound comes from their punk roots and desire to get crowds moving. They mainly played house parties for a few years before their self-titled debut album (stream it below) came out in 2001. Since then, they’ve toured the world with the likes of LCD Soundsystem and Hot Chip, and the lineup has gone through some changes. But the current iteration—Nic Offer (vocals), Mario Andreoni (guitar), Rafael Cohen (bass and vocals), Dan Gorman (trumpet), Paul Quattrone (drums) and Allan Wilson (sax and keys)—is still bringing their psychedelic-influenced house music to the masses. In fact, !!! (above, doing “Slyd” for Baeblemusic) just released their sixth studio album, As If (stream it below), last month. Drowned in Sound called it “a career high,” noting that it’s “a heady mix of punk funk indie disco, but with an added layer of poppy sheen.” And AllMusic proclaimed, “The funky, post-punky, always danceable !!! show no signs of slowing down on their sixth album.” Their newly launched tour in support of the album brings them to Music Hall of Williamsburg tomorrow and to The Bowery Ballroom on Wednesday.