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!!! Reimagine the ‘Star Wars’ Cantina in ‘Ooo’ Video


Funk-punk pranksters Chk Chk Chk (!!!) have unveiled the video for As If album cut “Ooo,” and… Wow. Directed by the creator of last year’s internet-breaking “Too Many Cooks” clip, Casper Kelly, the visual odyssey takes the band members from a Star Wars-reminiscent cantina — complete with miniature holograms of the musicians and totally transformative alien makeup — to canoodling in a space ship’s equivalent of a college dorm. Confused? Never fear, Kelly’s here to explain it in his own words:

“Ooo” started from a feeling of a relationship teetering on the edge of breaking up or going to the next level, combined with an instrumental section in the middle with echoey sounds that evoked photon torpedoes in science fiction battles. I decided to combine the two. I also liked the idea of combining the feeling of the Star Wars cantina bar with a college mixer. I tried to make it not too story oriented but I bit more abstract — I wanted a lot of the details of what happened between the Captain and the green woman implied or submerged. Lastly, I love combining repeating visual movements with the repetition in the wonderful chorus — hence the ship getting rocked by torpedoes and people scrambling in time with the beat. It was such a thrill to shoot. I wish I could live in the world of this video.

Watch the video here, and find !!!’s upcoming tour dates below, on which Chk Chk Chk will be opening for themselves as Stereolab cover band “Stereolad.” Of the joke-fueled outfit, frontman Nic Offer says, “Why? Just for a kicks, for a laugh, just cuz we want to. Same reasons we’ve been !!! all along. But seriously, we like a challenge, it seemed like a fun way to press our boundaries, we like to play, it was cheaper than hiring the real Stereolab to open for us and I look fantastic in a dress. So there. That seems like enough good reasons, no?” Works for us!

!!! tour dates:
November 17 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
November 18 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
November 19 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat
November 20 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
November 21 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
November 22 – Detroit, MI @ Majestic Cafe
December 1 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
December 2 – Portland, OR @ The Doug Fir Lounge
December 3 – Sacramento, CA @ Harlows
December 4 – San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
December 5 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Soho Music Club
December 6 – Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex
December 7 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
December 8 – Albuquerque, NM @ Launch Pad
December 10 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s Downstairs
December 11 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
1December 12 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk (outdoor stage)