!!! (Chk Chk Chk) are back with NRGQ, a high-energy video that captures the spirit of their frenzied live shows. And, following their successful UK tour in May, the New York City dance-punk band are bringing those frenzied live shows back to these shores at the end of October.
NRGQ, taken from their latest album Shake The Shudder, features a typically gutsy performance from lead singer Nic Offer and vocalist Lea Lea as they front an equally energetic four-piece band. Their brightly coloured suits (and short shorts) contrasting with the white backdrop only add to the vibrancy, while continuing the strong visual component of their recent videos.
“These ladies ignore a world that tells them who they should be – they take the stage, walking as whoever they want to be, and that’s their best revenge,” the band said of Dancing Is The Best Revenge when it was released earlier this year. “Maybe you’ll never put on heels, maybe you’ll never walk onstage, maybe you’ll never be anyone else, but maybe this song/vid/story inspires you to try something you haven’t before.”
Recorded at the band’s home studio in Brooklyn, their seventh album features a cast of changing singers including Lea Lea, Meah Pace, Nicole Fayu, Cameron Mesirow, and Molly Schnick.
“Many a sleepless night went into this, so that you could feel joy and ecstasy all from clicking that play button,” they announced when the LP was released. “We stand by every single second of this record. We worked our asses off on this like we always do for you.”
The band, formed in Sacramento, California back in 1996, are likely to work just as hard when they return to the UK next month. They play Brudness Social Club in Leeds on 29th October, Stereo in Glasgow on 31st October, Manchester Gorilla on 1st November, and London’s Electric Ballroom on 2nd November.