When: Sat., June 8, 7 p.m. 2013
The 2003 !!! single “Me and Giuliani Down by the School Yard (A True Story)” was the pinnacle of the group’s early days, when it sought to re-create the sound and (more crucially) the feel of house music using a large live band—its nine-minute meltdown of percolating percussion and hypnotic guitar drone was inescapable at dance parties at the time. (And ten years later, it doesn’t feel like it’s aged a day.) Since then the group has lost some of its single-minded focus on the dance floor and evolved into something like an experimental pop band that also happens to be deeply funky. The fifth !!! album, Thr!!!er (Warp), has moments that recall the “Giuliani” days, but more of the songs rely on verse-chorus-verse structures, and Nic Offer’s vocals are frequently the center of attention rather than just another element in the mix. The result is a heady, kaleidoscopic collage of house, disco, funk, and pop that recalls the likes of Todd Rungren and the Talking Heads. —Miles Raymer Sinkane opens.