Monday, November 08, 2010

Serious Grooves

Today's song, the darkly, danceable and hard to resist "The Most Certain Sure" by !!!, has been that late summer ring in my ears well into the darkening days of late autumn..

My friends, it's time you meet the seriously groovy !!!, the Sacramento sextet that oddly fuses a punk band with a disco orchestra, wrapping their biting, edgy lyrics in a symphonically rhythmic sweep.

These guys are live - if you've heard way too much synthesized dance music, here's your antidote, living percussion in five different forms alongside a variety of novel electronic devices. You can feel the energy careening around the venue, every foot in the house tapping, every sweat gland opening up...

And, no, !!! is not an unpronounceable symbol a la current-and-former Prince, quite the opposite, you yourself can decide how it's pronounced; the band says it's "any monosyllable repeated three times." The music press convention is to call them Chk Chk Chk.

The name was inspired by the clicking Xhosa African language seen by the band an Aaron favorite film, 'The Gods Must Be Crazy"

Just their song titles blow me away - their 9 minute riff of a debut from 2003 was called 'Me and Giuliani Down By The Schoolyard.'

It was followed in 2004 by the infectious but angry political shout that is 'Pardon My Freedom..' Other titles: 'Break In Case of Anything, ' and 'Hello? Is This Thing On?'

Here they are live burning up our SOTW!

Some of their memorable video work follows. We'll start with their rollicking, risqué new video single, 'Jamie, My Intentions Are Bass..'

Here's 'Must Be The Moon' from 2007...

From 2004, the memorable 'Hello? Is This Thing On?'

Finally, long live jam of 'Me And Giuliani Down By The School Yard':

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