by Gary Fletcher
OFF!, the new punk supergroup (formed in 2009) featuring frontman Keith Morris (Circle Jerks/Black Flag) along with guitarist Dimitri Coats (Burning Brides) and bassist Steven McDonald (Red Cross) and drummer Mario Rubalcaba (Hot Snakes/Rocket from the Crypt), are a throwback to '80s hardcore. These guys are raw and full of energy. After listening to them all I want to do is hop on my skateboard and rip it up. Unfortunately, my skateboarding skills are not like they used to be back in the '80s but I still do love this genre of music and am delighted to hear something new by one of my idols. I know most people love the "Henry Rollins" era Black Flag and I do too. But I have to say, some of my favorite tracks are the earlier stuff with Keith laying down the vocals. He just has a great voice and the energy he brings to each song is evident when you hear him howling out a tune.
Hitting the stores today is the 1st EP from OFF! which comes with a limited edition Raymond Pettibon (Greg Ginn's younger brother) print. The 1st EP along with 12 additional tracks comprise the full length debut, First Four EPs, which is out November 23rd digitally and as a four 7" boxset. You can purchase this from the bands label, Vice Records here.
Here are some live tracks:
Darkness (Official Video)
Upside Down (Official Video)
10/13, Los Angeles, CA (Amoeba Records / Record Release Party at Club Lingerie)
10/21, Brooklyn, NY (Europa / CMJ)
11/7, Austin, TX (Fun Fun Fun Festival)