Punk Retrospective


Posted by ElDorkoPunkRetro

Why does it take a bunch of old guys to create one of the most exciting, new bands to appear in a number of years? Keith Morris (Black Flag/ Circle Jerks), Dimitri Coats (Burning Brides), Steven McDonald (Redd Kross), and Mario Rubalcaba (Earthless/ Hot Snakes/ Rocket From the Crypt) form OFF!, a "super group" that lives up to the title!

It's been a long time since a band played with this much ferocity, and it's exactly what we need right now. 16 songs, in about as many minutes, translates to a wake up call, not only to the whiny indie scene, but to the frustrated masses looking for a soundtrack to tar and feather their (insert your favorite, real-life villain here) to.

The major labels, and independents, could learn a thing or two from the way OFF! are doing things. As you can see below, about 1/4 of the material they've recorded is readily available for free download. The original 7" pressings sold out in a number of days, and with roughly 2 days of recording under their belts, OFF! are being cheered on by notable indie sites for bringing excitement back to music. They've kept their expenses down and created an aura of anticipation around their next move. By re-teaming with iconic artist Raymond Pettibon, releasing energetic and unrestrained music and videos, and playing the 80's hardcore card, they're making products people want to own...not just download.

I'd prefer owning the First Four Eps 7" Box Set on vinyl (available now), but there is a link at the bottom to get "The First Four EP's" on CD. (this is pre-order: release date Feb. 15, 2011)

[play-button:http://offofficial.com/Upsidedown.mp3] OFF! - Upside Down •Link source

[play-button:http://offofficial.com/Darkness.mp3] OFF! - Darkness •Link source

[play-button:http://www.viceland.com/blogs/en/files/2010/11/09-panic-attack.mp3] OFF! - Panic Attack •Link source

[play-button:http://downloads.pitchforkmedia.com/OFF!%20-%20I%20Don%27t%20Belong.mp3] OFF! - I Don't Belong •Link source