Bumbershoot Music Lounge, Day 1: !!!

photos by Chad Syme
review by Leigh Bezezekoff

Still riding on the success of their 2007 dance punk epic record Myth Takes, !!! has been touring exhaustively with the likes of Red Hot Chili Peppers and playing at festivals like Bumbershoot all over the world. The album, their third full-length effort, came about from a continuous, almost spiritual quest to find the ultimate groove while enduring rigorous physical training. Because !!!’s musicians live all over the country (Sacramento, Portland, and New York City), they rehearsed their special brand of party punk while crashing together in a rented house in Nashville, TN, where they would start their day practicing Kung Fu each morning. Something about hanging out together in short shorts and jamming for 45 minutes at a time must have worked because the resulting album was magic. The magic got its start in Sacramento, CA, where these multi-instrumentalists came together to play an all-night party. This ability to keep the party going is still evident in their music as they take a crowd’s response and incorporate it into their music before it’s recorded. Yesterday’s set proved it as they tested a few new songs on the Bumbershoot Music Lounge audience. Then, they set off to face Beck in the final slot of the night.

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