Interview with !!!
New York City/Sacramento-based eight piece known as !!!
has been making quite a stir in the indie circuit lately.
The NME called their new single, "Me and Giuliani Down
by the Schoolyard (A True Story)" "nine minutes of
acid-bleeping, cowbell-tapping new groove brilliance from
the most talked about band in the NME office." And Other
Music swears the song will be "NYC's hip shaking anthem
for the summer."
We love the record too. It's instantly infectious and we
look forward to what's to come with this innovative band.
We recently spoke with band guitarist Mario Andreoni.
!!! is John Pugh (drums), Nic Offer (vocals), Allan Wilson
(percussion, horns), Mario Andreoni (guitar), Tyler Pope
(guitar, keys), Justin Vandervolgen (bass, sound engineering
tweaks), Dan Gorman (percussion, horns), and Jason Racine
1. We've heard !!! pronounced chk chk chk, pow pow pow,
and about every other possibility except yeah, yeah, yeah.
What's the correct pronunciation and how'd you come up with
the name anyway?
It's any 3 repetitive sounds. Any of the above, including
yeah yeah yeah, would be acceptable (although there may
be some lawyers that think differently). The name was inspired
by the film "the gods must be crazy". 3 clicking
noises of the mouth were subtitled with !!!. We took the
!!! and ran with it.
2. I'd make a bad record store clerk, in what order
would you file !!!, 2Pac, and that symbol thing Prince used
to go by?
I'd file !!! anywhere before 'A', 2Pac in the T's, and
the Prince symbol under 'P'. He never fooled me.
3. People describe !!! as being post punk, post funk,
and the list goes on. How would you define what you guys
I start with "dance music" but then have to embellish
as most people have very different views of what constitutes
"dance"...which is totally cool. It really just
depends on the person and where our lowest common denominator
4. Last summer the indie world's hit single was "House
of Jealous Lovers." This year it looks like "Me
And Giuliani Down By The School Yard (A True Story)"
may take it's place. Are you surprised by all the attention?
We'll see if that is the case. I can't see our record being
played as much as the Raptures. And yes, I am pleasantly
surprised by the attention.
5. Has your music ever gotten you laid?
I have a lady so...yes.
6. Any plans to release a full length?
Yeah, it'll be out first part of 2004.
7. What's the most embarrassing record in your collection?
The most cherished?
Not sure if it's cliche, but I'm not embarrassed by any
record in my collection. Most cherished is probably a toss
up between Sly Stone's "There's a Riot Goin On"
or Aretha Franklin's "I Never Loved a Man the Way I
Loved You." Both can kill me after one listen.
8. Most of the members of !!! used to be in punk bands.
There seems to be a lot of dissension in the punk scene
today as many "post-punk" bands are recording
very funk-heavy music. Is recording tracks you can dance
to kinda gay?
I'm sure it is to some, but they can eat a dick.
9. What would you say to someone who defined !!! as
being an electroclash band?
10. Do you get fucked up before you play shows or go
into the studio?
Sure. But not all the time.
11. Is there anyone in the public eye you want to say
"you suck" to?
One that leaps to mind is whoever wrote that new Lynyrd
Skynyrd song... the one about America or something? Celine
Dion and Dodge mini-vans. Oh, and the publicity machine
behind Charlie's Angels 2.
12. Is there anyone in the public eye doing everything
13. Do you guys ever hang out, or do you see too much
of each other at practice and shows.
We actually hang out as much as possible. I've been told
14. I was surprised to find that there are eight people
in the band. Is your sound a true collective or are their
more "essential" members of !!!?
It varies by song, but really, it's a collective. Everyone's
opinion is taken into account.
15. You guys are based in Sacramento and New York.
Does this make things complicated and is there a place !!!
would consider as being home base?
Brooklyn is home base. Our situation is a difficult one,
but I think we're driven enough to see where we can take
our music. I want to see much more of the world. At the
moment, I'm looking at you Brazil.
16. London has been quicker to embrace you than the
States. Any opinion on why?
Dance culture is much more accepted there. That is the
only thing I can think of.
17. The buzz seems to be out there about the band?
Has the mainstream press been calling?
We've been written about here and there. The past year,
it seems like the major press is more interested in 'dancerock'
or "the Williamsburg scene." I mean, we get reviewed
18. Do you have a band van?
We did have one, but the city of New York swallowed it
up. It was a beautiful Ford van with many extras.
19. What's the band's connection to Out Hud and LCD
Nic, Tyler, and Justin are in both !!! and Out Hud. Tyler
plays live bass with LCD.
20. Where can peeps see you play this summer?
We are playing in Philly, 2 shows in NY (including Siren
fest), and Boston this month (July). After that, it's hunker
down for recording. Then, domination.
-- Robert Lanham