April 12, 2007


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!!!, Myth Takes
Warp Records, 2007

!!!, or chik chik chik, however you choose to do the onomatopoeia, nowadays have their disco-punk muse on speed dial, which isn’t a bad thing at all, especially when they’re chasing LCD Soundsystem. There are plenty of differences, as you know (or don’t, it’s all good), LCD laying claim to the glitchy wooziness and engineered-for-radio in-your-face-ness that !!! usually turns their noses up at (apart from the Norman Greenbaum channeling in “Yadnus”). When they’re not doing their Pete Doherty Croons Funk Raveups thing, Myth Takes’s is the type of groove you get from the more infectiously jammy parts of latter-day alt-rock albums. The record’s eponymous track, for instance, is essentially a tuned-down, cruise-control re-futzing of Yo La Tengo’s “Pass The Hatchet I Think I’m Goodkind” as interpreted by Johnny Cash. “All My Heroes are Weirdos” bootlegs some Talking Heads roll-and-grind, “Must Be the Moon” countering with one of the year’s baddest party-up funk-jam singalongs. A drivetime keeper you’ll come back to on a regular basis. A Eric W. Saeger