Burger Boogaloo is nearly here! Happening at Oakland’s Mosswood Park Amphitheater on July 5th and 6th, the fifth year of boogaliciousness will feature performances by Ronnie Spector, Thee Oh Sees, OFF!, Milk ‘N’ Cookies,Read More
hen: Summer of ’78. The LAPD overreacts—again. Black-and-whites line Santa Monica Boulevard. Cherry tops and blues. A band seemingly named after an insecticide plays a show that gets “out of control.” Cigarette burns and disturbing the peace. Half-full beer cans as the missiles of youthful discontent. Mom and dad are at home, transfixed by the usual: Dallas. Saturday Night Live. Monday Night Football. Say what? Shut it down. Truncheons. Bloody noses. Broken bones. Toss ’em in the paddy wagon and let the desk sergeant sort ’em out.
Now: 1200 people crammed into a space built for 250. Raymond Pettibon art and free beer. The LAPD descends as if on cue. Black-and-whites line 6th St in downtown Los Angeles. A band named after an insect repellent plays a show that gets “out of control.” 18 minutes on a skate ramp and see ya later. It sounds like ’78 and smells like the real deal. The attitude is there. And that one guy up front? He looks mighty familiar.
Then AS Now: You know the names and pedigrees. Keith Morris (Black Flag, Circle Jerks), Dimitri Coats (Burning Brides), Steven McDonald (Redd Kross) and Mario Rubalcaba (Hot Snakes/Earthless/Rocket From The Crypt) are OFF! They are the force and spirit of L.A. punk circa ’78 resuscitated, reconstituted and re-imagined for a similarly uncertain age. The band released their debut 7”, 1st EP, in October of 2010. Three more would follow, all ultimately assembled in the First Four EPs vinyl box set & CD compilation: 16 tracks in just over 17 minutes, featuring inimitable cover art by Raymond Pettibon, the man & artist behind Black Flag’s visual mystique. The critical acclaim poured in—Pitchfork, NPR, the L.A. Times, etc.—followed by a slot on the prestigious Coachella Music Festival in Indio, CA, and riotous US, European, and Australian tours.
Now AS Now: If 2012 really is the end, the members of OFF! are determined to go out kicking and/or screaming. But preferably both. As such, they’ve written their first “proper” full-length for release in May via Vice Records. Simply & effectively entitled OFF! and once again featuring cover art courtesy of the always-masterful Pettibon, the record was written and recorded at lightning speed, the only speed at which OFF! know how to operate. Produced by Dimitri Coats at Kingsize Soundlabs in L.A., OFF! clocks in at a grand total of just under 16 minutes, each more pissed-off than the last. “Even though we have the luxury of taking a long time with things, we’d rather be true to the spirit of the way things used to be,” Coats explains. “By putting yourself in those situations, an urgency is created, and that’s very much what we’re after.”
“There’s a lot of soul in this,” he concludes. “We’re not fucking around.”
f you thought the current lineup for this year’s Burger Boogaloo (happening in Oakland’s Mosswood Park Amphitheater on July 5th and 6th) was something to write home about (it was), well then get a whole,Read More
Brooklyn-based punk band Cerebral Ballzy have released a new track titled “Speed Wobbles.” The track is the b-side to “Better In Leather” from their forthcoming album Jaded & Faded and is available for free download,Read More
Brooklyn-based punk band Cerebral Ballzy have announced a North American tour with OFF! this spring. The tour follows appearances at SXSW and Spillover Music Festival. Cerebral Ballzy announced in the fall that they had signed to Cult Records. The label’s owner,Read More
Punk/hardcore luminaries OFF! have announced the impending release of their new full length Wasted Years. Slated to arrive April 8, 2014 from Vice Records, the LP is simply the most direct and unprocessed realization of OFF!’s mission yet. In an attempt to capture the sonic embodiment of the album’s thematic darkness, the album was self-recorded live to 8-track ½”,Read More
the 7th annual independent music and arts festival featuring over 250 bands from diverse genres performing across 30+ venues concentrated in the downtown core and surrounding areas in Calgary, Alberta from June 19 – 22, 2013.Read More
The video was made by Mazes’ own Conan Roberts, who has said of it, “As a band I’d say we’re all pretty uncomfortable having our photos taken and being in videos. But as a life-long fan of music videos and a film makerRead More
OFF! Have announced yet another run of tour dates in support of this year’s barn burning (insofar as you can burn a barn in 16…Read More
We were excited to talk with Dimitri Coats from Off! About how everything came together, rather quickly. The band also features Keith Morris (yes,…Read More