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Album Review

Of all the dance-punk revivalists, !!! has been the most consistently interesting and challenging, not to mention the group most likely to fill the dancefloor on indie rock night. While their previous album, the political and righteous Louden Up Now, was good enough to vault them to the level of the bands that inspired them (Gang of Four, the Pop Group, Liquid Liquid), Myth Takes firmly establishes them there. It's a different fire that burns here for !!!, mostly setting aside political concerns for fiery dancefloor rave-ups. The band sounds inspired, like they are plugged directly into a wall socket. The first three tracks are like opening a door and being blasted backward by a wall of flame and heat. Nic Offer's vocal chants, asides, and strung-together proclamations are more frantic than ever, and when he turns it down a notch, he sounds nearly sexy (as on "Must Be the Moon," a desperate story of sex and lust in the city). He has to be a live wire of energy to keep up with the band, which burns brightly and plays like they have something to prove from beginning to end. This is especially true of Justin van der Volgen, whose bass work underpins the freewheeling walls of chik-ing guitars with a fluid and funky bottom. His production is a masterwork, balancing and blending a kaleidoscope of guitars, drums, percussion, keys, and vocals. The record could have easily sounded like a mess, but he makes it sound alive and raw. When !!! finally slows things down after that initial burst, they do some interesting things — "Heart of Hearts" is a dancefloor filler that manages to sound menacing and rubbery at the same time, "Break in Case of Anything" is a kitchen-sink funk epic that has elements of disco, dub, hip-hop, and a killer horn section, and "Yadnus" is a fun mash-up of glitter drumbeats, tough-guy vocals, chicken-scratch guitars, and sweeping synths. The only tracks that let the side down a bit are the slightly generic "Bend Over Beethoven," which sounds like something they could have come up with in their sleep, and the ballad that ends the album, "Infiniford." On that last song, Offer's vocals don't suit the somber mood very well, and it's a down note to end such a wild ride of an album. These stumbles aside, Myth Takes is a thrilling success. Not too many bands even in heyday of the initial wave of dance-punk released records as full of energy, intelligence, and ferocious funk as this.

Customer Reviews

decent album

having not heard anything by them other than there small e.p and the fact that they supported red hot chilli peppers, i decided to buy this album. what a good idea that was, this albums so energetic much like give it a wall by forward russia. also they have 3 drummers which is original . anyway best songs are myth takes, all my heroes are weirdos, heart of hearts and sweet life. top class

Buy This Now!

This is a great album. Chk chk chk keep getting *better* with each album, and the same is the case here... better than both their debut and "louden up now", although both are worth getting too. Catchy, dance-able tracks that get stuck in your head, with great basslines and crazy lyrics. Highlight tracks for me are Must Be The Moon, A New Name, Heart of Hearts and Bend Over Beethoven. Yes, that's half of the album I just mentioned. That is how excellent it is. If you like LCD Soundsystem or any of the other modern indie/dance/punk style bands, I'd recommend this. Actually, I'd recommend it to anyone, and force them to listen to it for their own good...

My Best Album of 2007

I realise it's only May but it can't see anything topping this. Two months on from it's release and it's still the most treasured thing on my ipod, i may well be addicted! - Other 'big' albums have come and gone in that short space of time, so what makes this so good? Because it's fun, something other bands seemed to have forgotten about. Shame on the NME, Radio 1, Q etc for ingnoring this absolute gem and for wasting our time with unlovable throwaway 'idols' like Klaxons!

Biography

Formed: 1996 in New York, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

!!!, which can be pronounced by repeating any one-syllable percussive sound three times (e.g., "chk chk chk"), formed in 1996 after the demise of the Yah Mos; while on tour, members of that post-hardcore act envisioned forming a band oriented toward danceable music, and once they returned to their native Sacramento, California, they turned the concept into an actual group. The band quickly became an eight-member ensemble: Nic Offer on vocals, Mario Andreoni on guitar, Justin van der Volgen...
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