!!! (Chk Chk Chk)

Posted: April 9, 2007 in creativity
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mythtakesOne of my favourite groups at the moment – !!! (pronounced Chk Chk Chk). The band’s name is inspired by the subtitles of the movie The Gods Must Be Crazy, in which the mouth-clicking sounds of the Bushmen were represented as “!” (these so called postalveolar click consonants are found only in Africa and in parts of indigenous Australia; in the International Phonetic Alphabet they are represented by !!! which are not exclamation marks but pipes with a subscript dot). Their latest album is Myth Takes, and the music is great: Post-punk bass patterns, spaghetti western guitars, African polyrhythms, spaced out disco and vintage Philly soul, great pop rhythms and dance rock are just some of the key ingredients that are aimed just as much to the head as to the sweatiest of dance-floors. No one I know does it quite the same!
Known for their cathartic performances, the real apparently of !!! magic is apparently on stage. Formed in 1996 to play the all-night party scene in Sacramento, California, they still have a reputation of easily being one of the most exciting live acts in the world. Judging by the clip below, I can imagine that’s true. On it, by the way, they play ‘Heart of Hearts’, the single on ‘Myth Takes’.

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