Exclamation Point Bands

6 bands that are either really excited or really desperate

What is it about the exclamation point that makes it the most appealing and overused punctuation mark!? It points to equal parts excitement and desperation! These bands use it in their names and somehow pull it off!

Hey Rosetta!

These St. John’s darlings got their name from the ancient Egyptian artifact the Rosetta Stone, which is often interpreted as a small piece that is key to understanding a larger whole. Check out a track from their new album Second Sight!

Hey Ocean!

Vancouver’s Ashleigh Ball and David Beckingham had been friends since grade 6, so why wouldn’t they be excited when they finally formed a band together! They were nominated for Breakthrough Group of the Year at the 2013 Juno Awards.


This un-googleable band name is pronounced “Chk Chk Chk” so try searching that instead. I first got into them when they played the Coachella festival in 2007!

Holy Ghost!

Synthpop duo Nick Millhiser and Alex Frankel originally formed in Brooklyn under the name Automato. Their first album was produced by LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy!

Los Campesinos!

Can exclamation points have accents? This six-piece formed in Cardiff, Wales and have five albums and several EPs under their belts. My new favourite track from them is the dreamy “Little Mouth”.

You Say Party!

Wait, did YSP drop the exclamation point? The Abbotsford four-piece changed their original name “You Say Party! We Say Die!” to simply “We Say Party” out of respect for their drummer Devon Clifford who collapsed onstage and died of a brain hemorrhage in 2010. After a brief split, the remaining members have reformed and released several singles and an EP.

BONUS: Wham!

The lines were blurred between George Michael’s solo career and Wham! but the album Make It Big in 1984 spawned the classics “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” and “Careless Whisper”, which contains the catchiest sax hook in the history of music.