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!!!: !!!!!! (2000)
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Reviewer Rating: 4


Contributed by: TheTommunistThe Tommunist
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So a few years back, I'm perusing my local record store. It was the time in my life where I would check out anything that could be seen as "emo." Fate be it, I see an album that says "!!!" 'How odd' I think, and then notice a sticker that one of the dudes at the store had put on the album; it sai.
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So a few years back, I'm perusing my local record store. It was the time in my life where I would check out anything that could be seen as "emo." Fate be it, I see an album that says "!!!" 'How odd' I think, and then notice a sticker that one of the dudes at the store had put on the album; it said something to the extent of "if you like emo, you'll love this!" So I picked it up, along with Cross My Heart's Temporary Contemporary. I got home, put in the !!! album, and lo and behold, some funky funky music busted out of my stereo.

This was my first exposure to !!! (which apparently is pronounced "Chk Chk Chk," as opposed to "Exclamation Point Exclamation Point Exclamation Point"). It was odd, and it was different, but it was damn fun to listen to. Though the production was a bit lacking, it was easy to hear about a million things going on in each song. Funky bass lines, some jazzy horns, excellent guitar effects: it was all there. The album contained only seven songs, but the songs were long enough to make the album last the better part of an hour.

So the music was kickin', but how bout the vocals and lyrics? The vocals come across in an almost deadpan voice, that kind that clashes with the upbeat music, but it's still apparent that the singer is jamming out like the rest of the band. The lyrics are not the best ever written but they are tolerable. Topics include drugs, something or other about getting INTENSIFIED, and my personal favorite, the feeling of autumn, titled "The Feel Good Hit of the Fall." Sure, it's not sociopolitical rhetoric or heartfelt songs about girls, but it works.

So in the end, !!!'s first album was not emo...hell, it wasn't very close to being punk, but it was one of the freshest sounds I had heard in a while. With the exception of the production, which could have been a bit better, this album is a solid release, and totally makes a good party album. You cant help but dance to the funk, baby. Or if you're not in the mood for a party, just leave the album on your table as a conversation piece:

"Hey, how the hell do you pronounce the name of this band?"

"Well...."

 

 
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Anonymous (December 17, 2004)

"gay as fuckfuck"

hahahahahaaaa!! fuck yeah thanks for the laugh

Anonymous (December 13, 2004)

no one gives a shit about your stupid fucking story at the beginning. just write about the music, dickhead.

lordoftheflies (December 13, 2004)

triple-x...clamation mark

theundergroundscene (December 12, 2004)

"chick chick chick" or "pow pow pow" or any sound repeated three times, or so the band says.

Anonymous (December 12, 2004)

how would you pronounce this band name?

Anonymous (December 12, 2004)

The cover looks fury. This score's for that. I haven't actually heard this band before, but I hope that they're better than Communiqué.

-Chinatown

Anonymous (December 12, 2004)

"This hatred for !!! has totally come out of nowhere...a year ago, people loved them. What happened?"

I think its the term "dance punk." I like them, but the genre sounds pretty faggy.

theundergroundscene (December 12, 2004)

This hatred for !!! has totally come out of nowhere...a year ago, people loved them. What happened?

punkcorekid (December 12, 2004)

Gay as fuckfuck.

Anonymous (December 11, 2004)

"Intensify" is definately the highlight, where everybody breaks it down with the vocals-only, and then they start layering it... I tell you, I am so easily tempted to sing this on the bus everyday when I listen to it.

Rob.

yellowtrash (December 11, 2004)

This is pretty good. Everyone who likes this should check out this 80s no-wave band called Liquid Liquid. There's a good amount of their influence on this record.

GYBE (December 11, 2004)

"original original original, douche bags"

!!! is the D-Plan with weaker songwriting and less fun.

Anonymous (December 11, 2004)

i love lamp

Cos (December 11, 2004)

I've been listen to their latest, "Louden Up Now," quite a lot lately... good intersection of James Brown and New Order, and not a bad disc to put on at a party.

--Cos

Anonymous (December 11, 2004)

Fuck this white boy funk. Go out and but some James Brown.

Anonymous (December 11, 2004)

yo this band is fucking shit dude. you all need to listen to some proper crunching core!

Anonymous (December 11, 2004)

maybe, but still a fun band

Anonymous (December 11, 2004)

Scene Scene Scene.

-BSD

lou (December 11, 2004)

could you just pretend the word "by" is found in between "band" and "repeating" in the post below? yea, thanks.

lou (December 11, 2004)

Answer: chk chk chk
Question: what is the sound a typewriter makes?

i like this band. everyone is entitled to their opinion though. but making fun of this band repeating the same derogatory comment three times is not only unoriginal, but it makes you wrong too.

sweetsugarpezz (December 11, 2004)

"sucks sucks sucks sucks." Yeah I put 4 sucks in there

yaaaaa maaaann, blink totally rules dude!!!!

Anonymous (December 11, 2004)

original original original, douche bags

Eddie (December 11, 2004)

best band ever

blinkrules (December 10, 2004)

"sucks sucks sucks sucks." Yeah I put 4 sucks in there

Anonymous (December 10, 2004)

lets take bets on how many comments will be insulting this record three times with exclimation points

Anonymous (December 10, 2004)

"Shit Shit Shit"

theundergroundscene (December 10, 2004)

"There's No Fucking Rules, Dude" is one of the best dance songs around. It's totally awesome.

Anonymous (December 10, 2004)

crap! crap! crap!

swingline (December 10, 2004)

springfield

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