!!! (generally pronounced „chk chk chk“) is a dance- punk band that formed in Sacramento, California, in 1996. The band is composed of Mario Andreoni (guitar), Dan Gorman (horns / percussion / keys), Nic Offer (vocals), Tyler Pope (bass / various electronic devices), and Allan Wilson (horns / percussion / keys). Touring members include Shannon Funchess (vocals), Sean McGahan (various electronic devices / sound manipulation) and Paul Quattrone (drums).
The band‘s name was inspired by the subtitles of the movie „The Gods Must Be Crazy“, in which the clicking sounds of the Bushmen‘s Khoisan language were represented as „!“.
However, as the bandmembers themselves say, !!! is pronounced by repeating thrice any monosyllabic sound. „Chk Chk Chk“ is the most common pronunciation, but they could just as easily be called Pow Pow Pow, Bam Bam Bam, Uh Uh Uh, etc…
Since recording their first self-titled debut in 2000, the band has released another four albums. Their latest effort, „THR!!!ER“, was released on April 29 and 30, 2013, in the UK and US, respectively. Source: www.rotondes.lu